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Historical Churches I (Self Guided), Graz

The city of Graz contains many beautiful historic churches and cathedrals. Built over many centuries, they are true gems that should not be missed. Most of the churches in Graz are architecturally and/or historically significant and are well worth visiting. Take this self-guided tour to learn more about the churches of Graz.
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Historical Churches I Map

Guide Name: Historical Churches I
Guide Location: Austria » Graz (See other walking tours in Graz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: ashley
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Antoniuskirche
  • Dreifaltigkeitskirche
  • Franziskanerkirche
  • Stiegenkirche
  • Katharinenkirche
  • Stadtpfarrkirche
  • Heilandskirche
  • Herz Jesu Kirche
  • Münzgrabenkirche
  • St. Josef Kirche

1) Antoniuskirche

Antoniuskirche, situated next to Universalmuseum Joanneum, is a Roman Catholic church, built in 1600 and dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua. The church contains a beautifully ornamented Baroque altar. The altarpiece was painted by the famous artist Giovanni Pietro de Pomis, the architect of the Mausoleum and St. Catherine's Church.

2) Dreifaltigkeitskirche

Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Holy Trinity Church) is a Roman Catholic church, which is located between Schlossbergplatz and Murkai in Sackstrasse. The church was built in the Italian Baroque style between 1694 and 1704. Adjoining the church are a monastery and school. The church is located just a few minutes walk from the Murinsel.

3) Franziskanerkirche (must see)

Franziskanerkirche (Franciscan Church), located in Franziskanerplatz, is considered to be one of the oldest churches in Graz. The church and monastery were begun around 1239 and were finally completed around 1277. The Franziskanerkirche bell, dating to 1272, is also one of the oldest bells in city. On entering Franziskanerkirche, the visitors are impressed by the harmonious combination of Gothic architecture and 20th century works of art.

4) Stiegenkirche (must see)

Stiegenkirche (Church of the Stairs) is a Roman Catholic church situated in Sporgasse. The church is located in the oldest part of Graz and was originally the monastery church of the Augustinian Hermits. It was rebuilt between 1613 and 1628, but the original staircase, which now gives the church its name, was preserved.

5) Katharinenkirche

Katharinenkirche (St. Catherine's Church), together with the Mausoleum, form a beautiful architectural ensemble. The church was designed by architect Giovanni Pietro de Pomis in 1614. The Katharinenkirche building is one of the most important mannerist buildings in Austria.

6) Stadtpfarrkirche

Stadtpfarrkirche, situated in Herrengasse, is the oldest parish church in Graz, first mentioned in historical records in 1343. The church was originally a small Gothic chapel; Baroque elements were added later. Today's church is mainly Neogothic in style, the only remaining Baroque elements being the chapel of St. John Nepomuk and the "Assumption of Mary" above the High Altar. The tower of Stadtpfarrkirche rises above all other buildings in the street. The church organ is among the finest in Austria.

7) Heilandskirche

Heilandskirche is a splendid Protestant church, located in Kaiser Josef Platz in the St. Leonhard district. The church was built in 1853 by architect Franz Zehengruber and was renovated by Werner Hollomey in 1992, when it received a new look, including beautifully ornamented windows, portable altar, and pulpit. The Helilandskirche congregation is the second largest congregation in Austria.
Herz Jesu Kirche

8) Herz Jesu Kirche (must see)

The Herz-Jesu-Kirche (Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) is the largest church in Graz. It was designed by architect Georg Hauberrisser and constructed between 1881 and 1887. The church was designed in the Neogothic style, with a large, high nave and under-church. The tower is 109.6 meters tall, making it the third-highest church tower in Austria. Of special note are the stained glass windows, which are among the few extant examples in Austria of Neogothic stained glass. The altar area was remodelled in 1988 by Gustav Troger, just after the centenary of the church. Apart from that, everything is still according to the architect's concept.
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9) Münzgrabenkirche

The Münzgrabenkirche, also called Fatimakirche zum Unbefleckten Herz Marias, is a Catholic parish church in Graz. The church is named after the famous Portuguese shrine of Fátima. The present church was built on the site of the 17th century St. Anne's church, which was destroyed by bombing during World War II. Münzgrabenkirche was designed by architect George Lippert and features a beautiful nave, choir, and side belfry.
St. Josef Kirche

10) St. Josef Kirche

St. Josef Kirche is a splendid parish church. It was built in the early 1900s in the Florentine Renaissance style, and was designed by Hans Pascher. Full of history, the church features two remarkable statues of St. Josef and a beautiful high altar.

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Graz is the home of a great number of beautiful churches, cathedrals, and other religious buildings. The churches of Graz combine many different architectural styles, including Neorenaissance, Gothic, and Baroque, and are of great interest to students and lovers of European architecture. Take this tour to explore the beautiful and historic churches and synagogues of Graz.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles