Mariendom (New Cathedral), Linz

Mariendom (New Cathedral), Linz (must see)

Franz-Josef Rudigier was an ardent "brick and mortar" priest of the 19th century. He would proselytize by building. He laid plans for the largest church in Austria, then and now. Largest, but not the highest. By law it was not allowed to be taller then Saint Stephen's Church in Vienna. The New Cathedral is a mere two meters shorter.

The cornerstone was laid in May, 1862. The ritual was accompanied by a performance of Anton Bruckner's joyful cantata, "Praise the Lord." The building was not officially finished and consecrated until 1924. The honors were done by Bishop Johannes Maria Gfollner. The full name of the church was "Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception."

The plans were drawn by Master Builder Vincenz Statz of Cologne in the French High Gothic style. The Cathedral can seat up to 20,000 souls. It is 130 meters in length and it covers 5,170 square meters of area.

Particular mention should be made of the stained glass windows. The real stand out is the Linz Window, showing the history of Linz. Sponsors' portraits appear in some of the windows. During World War II some windows on the south side of the Cathedral were destroyed. They were replaced with windows showing modern art subjects and styles.

The Nativity Scene in the church crypt with figures by S. Osterrieder is especially noteworthy. The display of the regalia of Venerable Franz-Josef Rudigier also should not be missed.

The New Cathedral is an architectural haven. There is a splendid view of Linz from the spire. Tours of the interior of the church are available, especially tours of the inner gallery. The vast interior is a space of tranquility and composure for busy visitors. Just as the Venerable Franz-Josef imagined it would be.

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Sight Name: Mariendom (New Cathedral)
Sight Location: Linz, Austria (See walking tours in Linz)
Sight Type: Religious
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