Maribor Cathedral

Maribor, Slovenia

First built in 1248 as a Romanesque basilica with a nave and two aisles, the cathedral gained its current appearance in the 15th century as a Gothic structure, though the Baroque chapels date from the 16th and 18th centuries. Inside, one is treated to the sight of a lavishly adorned altar, which lights up the place all on its own.

The 57 metre high classicist designed bell tower dates back to the end of the 18th century as the primarily 76-metre high bell tower built by Pavel Porta in the year 1623 was struck by lightening.

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Founded: 1248
Category: Religious sites in Slovenia

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Andrea Nori (3 months ago)
A really very nice church. If you are in Maribor, you have to see it, even if, in my opinion, it's not the most beautiful place of worship of the city, but it's still beautiful to see it for sure, internally in particular.
Pisák Tamás (6 months ago)
Beautiful cathedral with nice park above the University.
Matija Mavsar (13 months ago)
I was walking by the church, having a great day, but when i looked up at the clock it was about 2 hours early. It changed everything.
Toni Matkovic (13 months ago)
The clock is showing the wrong time, very dissappointed
Performansas (18 months ago)
I visited this church during Mass. There sermons were told in Slovenian, so I was not able to understand most of the words. After some time passed boy choir started so sing. And then my mind brightened I started to understand every word they sang even it was in Slovenian. Their voices were so beautiful, pure as voices of angels. After Mass I left church being full of positivity.
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