Sankt Pölten Cathedral

Sankt Pölten, Austria

Sankt Pölten Cathedral has been the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Sankt Pölten since 1785, having previously been the church of the Augustinian Abbey of St. Pölten, dissolved in 1784. The building, despite being a well-preserved late Romanesque structure, is Baroque in appearance.

The use of the site for religious buildings is believed to date from around 790, when a Benedictine monastery was established here, to which were brought the relics of Saint Hippolytus, after whom the present city is named. In 828, the monastery became a possession of the Diocese of Passau, and a centre of missionary activity, predominantly in Great Moravia. After the invasion of the Magyars in around 907, the monastery was almost entirely destroyed, and was not rebuilt until after the Battle of Lechfeld in 955. The first documentary reference is in a charter of 976 from Emperor Otto II to Bishop Pilgrim of Passau.

Under Bishop Altmann of Passau the abbey became an Augustinian canonry, which was dissolved in 1784 as part of the Josephine Reforms.

In around 1150, the abbey church was rebuilt with three naves but no transept, with a westwork including two towers. In 1228 Bishop Gebhard changed the dedication, formerly to Saints Peter, Stephen and Hippolytus, to the Assumption of Mary. After a fire it was rebuilt again between 1267 and 1280. After another fire in 1621 the entire building was remodelled in the present Baroque style.



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Founded: 1621
Category: Religious sites in Austria

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G. Bran. (12 months ago)
Impressive cathedral
mark almond (18 months ago)
The cathedral is worth seeing
Georg Guttmann (2 years ago)
Really baby photos rainy wet wengel cold more loss in the night than morning strange mood
kristina Stefan (2 years ago)
One of the most beautiful and wonderful churches in the world, a masterpiece
Ирина Бенцлер (3 years ago)
The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Dom Mariä Himmelfahrt) was erected in 1150 on the site of the former church of the monastery of St. Hippolyta. The interior of the cathedral is decorated with frescoes and paintings by great masters of the Baroque era - Daniel Gran, Antonio Tassi, Bartolomeo Almonte and others. The fires of the XIII and XVI centuries destroyed a lot - they had to rebuild the cathedral in the Gothic style. In the XVIII century, another reconstruction was carried out and the interior was changed to Baroque. We took our time and spent 10 minutes here contemplating the surrounding beauty. Could notice a lot of interesting things. And all this to the sounds of the organ. There the organist played on a modern electronic organ. But this is in the presence of a huge and beautiful Present But the Domsky Square (Domplatz) categorically did not like - the usual parking for cars in front of the cathedral. True, one beautiful building opposite the cathedral was decorated with curbstones with flowers. Still there, in one place, some archaeological excavations are underway - it is believed that the center of the ancient Roman settlement Elium Centium was located here. And along the way there was the Place of the Lord or the Place of the Lord (Herrenplatz), where the Marian pillar or column of Mary (Mariensäule) was installed. I liked this one. "Chatting women" met here next to a drinking fountain
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