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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Didi Niederkofler (dididobrasil) (5 months ago)
Masterpiece of Fischer von Erlach. Fantastic acoustic. Always worth a visit and of course a place to pray. Didi Niederkofler
Andrea Nori (5 months ago)
It is not the best place or worship of Salzburg, but it still worth a visit, even just from the outside!
Sougata Bhattacharjee (8 months ago)
The Kollegienkirche, or the University Church, is a magnificent Baroque church located in the heart of Salzburg. The stunning altar and the side chapels are adorned with beautiful Baroque art, making it a feast for the eyes. The peaceful ambiance inside the church, coupled with the beautiful artwork and architecture, creates a serene and calming atmosphere.
Klaus Wanderer (16 months ago)
Beautiful baroque cathedral that's free to enter and has a pristine interior that will simply leave you breathless. It's much bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside (it's usually the other way around). It is still used for religious services, the acoustics is amazing, if you can get to a concert or a sermon don't miss out
Purav Parekh (20 months ago)
good place
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