Collegiate Church

Salzburg, Austria

The Kollegienkirche was built between 1694 and 1707 for the local Benedictine university founded in 1622. The university was disbanded in 1810 but reopened in 1962 as part of the University of Salzburg.

Certainly the largest and best Salzburg church designed by Erlach (who also built the Holy Trinity Church and renovated the Franciscan Church), the Collegiate Church is also one of the most celebrated Baroque churches in all of Austria.

The church is built on a modified Greek cross plan with a unique convex facade. Inside, the high altar by Anton Pfaffinger (1740) incorporates classical columns representing the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Altar paintings are by Johann Michael Rottmayr.


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Founded: 1694-1707
Category: Religious sites in Austria

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Yurii Larchenko (6 months ago)
Beautiful baroque style church in the historic center of Salzburg. Very unusual white painted ceiling without decoration.
david antoun (7 months ago)
a baroque church from the 1700's era that serves the university and concerts. decorated with magnificent altars and white architecture.
Evelyn Chye (7 months ago)
Nice church located just outside shopping street. Only took an exterior photo of the church.
Dr. M Hope (8 months ago)
Majestic Big And beauty But not much chair for seated So you can only pray standing in front of the altar
Zachary Gaber (8 months ago)
It's a unique church with clean, almost austere, neo-classical lines. Personally, I prefer the exuberance more typical of the Baroque style which would have covered all the plain white walls with frescoes and gold leaf, but there is something something remarkable about the stark white interior.
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