Mariatrost Basilica

Graz, Austria

The Baroque Mariatrost Basilica is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites of Styria in Austria. The pilgrimage church stands prominently on top of the Purberg hill in the northeast of Graz. It can be reached using the 200 or more steps of the Angelus stair. The basilica is classified as a Baroque building. Two front towers and a dome, visible from a great distance, are the characteristic attributes of the church, which is enclosed by two projecting wings of a former monastery once occupied by the Pauline Fathers (1708–86) and later by the Franciscans (1842–1996).

The building was begun in 1714 by Andreas Stengg and his son Johann Georg Stengg and finished in 1724. The pulpit by Veit Königer (1730/1731) is the masterpiece of the furnishings. The frescoes on the ceiling by Lukas von Schram and Johann Baptist Scheidt are of particular importance.

The main altar includes a statue of the Madonna originally created in the Gothic period around 1465, but altered to the Baroque style in 1695 by Bernhard Echter.



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Kirchplatz 8, Graz, Austria
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Founded: 1714-1724
Category: Religious sites in Austria


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Greg (11 months ago)
A must, nothing less and nothing more.
Mohammadali Akbarzadeh (13 months ago)
Awsome view over graz city
Aleksandra Jakšić (15 months ago)
Just beautiful Monument ?
Candy Zimmermann (15 months ago)
Location: there's a big set of stairs to climb up first. But it's definitely worth it ;) You could also used it like a real optimist and use it as a sports thing. There where many people just running it up and down. During the stairs walk there will be plenty of opportunities to sir down and rest. There's also a road that leads all the way up there. Building: beautiful old building, with magical paintings covering the complete ceiling. We were lucky to visit it during a session, so we heard the music acustics. For the creeps out there -> you can check out to skeletons of 2 martyrs in a glas casket! If you walk all down way down the aisle and enter the little chapel on the left side -> another surprise will hit you, but I won't spoiler you! You can afterwards walk around the church, enjoy a view over to the snow covered mountains. Shop: outside is a little church shop selling stuff like candles, Jesus pictures, randomly coffee beans. Restaurant: behind the church is a little restaurant, which is currently closed due to Covid19 measurements. Experience - the church is so beautiful and worth seeing it, that I'm considering to plan my wedding in there.
Jane Mendonca (2 years ago)
Such a beautiful church with a such a beautiful view! Absolutely serene!
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