Prince Bishops of Brixen commissioned the construction of their fortified castle (called Hofburg) in Brixen in the 13th century. The following centuries brought about numerous revisions to the structure. Around 1600 the splendid renaissance-style interior courtyard was created and decorated with bronze-overlaid terracotta statues by Hans Reichle, the celebrated sculptor from Augsburg. During that same period, the meeting rooms of the grand chancery were decorated with ample heraldic adornments.

Around 1706 Caspar Ignaz began the Baroque style renovation of the palace. It was then that the bishop’s chapel and the imperial wing with its majolica stoves were built; and the ceilings adorned with either paintings by Kaspar Waldmann and Antonio Gresta, or lavish plaster embellishments. Tapestries and the historic furnishings were added as well. In keeping with the fashions of the time, one room was converted into a Chinese cabinet.

Today Hofburg houses the diocesan collection of sacred artworks from the Romanesque period to the Modern age, the treasures of the cathedral of Brixen/Bressanone, works by 19th century Tyrolean artists, a collection of cribs and special exhibitions.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Andrea Credaro (4 months ago)
A nice museum with a very varied collection up to modern art. The section dedicated to nativity scenes is very particular and remains open all year round. To improve the use of the various parts of the collection, which is not easy to visit.
Giovanni Medeot (5 months ago)
Very nice, but closed a whole floor during the winter season. Without guides and with bestial cold inside. Something more could be offered, but there appears to be very little influx.
James Galea (16 months ago)
I went to the cathedral on the 6th in January 2017. L epifania. They were celebrating this feast with a mass concert written by Charles Gounod. It was the best moment of my holiday. Like being being in heaven. What’s more it was free of charge. People are friendly even though the refuse to talk italian. Loved it.
Nilantha Bandara (3 years ago)
Wonderful memories. The best place to go if you are in Bressanone to view Baroque style art.
Nilantha Bandara (3 years ago)
Wonderful memories. The best place to go if you are in Bressanone to view Baroque style art.
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