Linz New Cathedral

Linz, Austria

The New Cathedral (Mariä-Empfängnis-Dom) construction plans were started in 1855 by Bishop Franz-Josef Rudigier. The first stone was laid in 1862. In 1924 Bishop Johannes Maria Gföllner consecrated the finished building as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The plans, drawn by the master builder of the Archdiocese of Cologne, Vincenz Statz, were made in the French high Gothic style.

With 20,000 seats, the cathedral is the largest (130 meters long, and the ground 5,170 square meters), but not the highest, church in Austria. The originally-planned, higher spire was not approved, because in Austria-Hungary at the time, no building was allowed to be taller than the South Tower of the St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. At 135 m, the New Cathedral is two meters shorter than the Viennese cathedral.

Particularly noteworthy are the cathedral's stained-glass windows. The most famous is the Linz Window, which depicts the history of Linz. The windows also contain portraits of the various sponsors of the church's construction. During the Second World War some windows, particularly in the southern part of the cathedral, were damaged. Instead of restoring the original windows, they have been replaced with windows displaying modern art. Also noteworthy is the nativity scene in the church burial vault, with its figures made by S. Osterrieder, and the display of the regalia of Bishop Rudigier.

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Hafnerstraße 11, Linz, Austria
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Founded: 1862-1924
Category: Religious sites in Austria

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Ramon Groenewoud (4 months ago)
very much space
Sarah B (4 months ago)
This place is calm and you can relax. It also has a lot of history. It just makes you feel some kind of way
Edward Rennie (4 months ago)
Great for praising the bug.
Karel Treu (4 months ago)
Amazing, beautiful, free entrance, great architecture!
Sohrab Irani (10 months ago)
Very large Cathedral and has lot of history. It being renovated with corporate and banks sponsorships. Renovation completes on 2021. It's 132 meters high toon with top level visits currently not allowed. We spent more time then planned due to its size and reading history about the Cathedral
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