Kollegienkirche

The University Church with its grandiose façade is one of the most magnificent Baroque churches in Austria.  It feels light, open and airy – with the usually obscene dash of expansive marbles and gold, as no god could ever be happy without the usual riches.  The chapels inside the church are dedicated to the patron saints of the university’s four faculties: St. Thomas Acquinas (Theology), St. Ivo (Jurisprudence), St. Luke (Medicine) and St. Catherine (Philosophy). The University Church had a moving destiny through the years. When Napoleon’s troups besieged the city in 1800 it was used as a hay store. In 1810, when Salzburg was transferred to Bavarian rule, the University was closed and the church lost its original purpose. During the Austro-Hungarian monarchy it served as a classical secondary school and military church. In 1922 the Church provided the setting for the première of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s “Great World Theater”. Since the reopening of the University of Salzburg in 1964 the Church has regained its original purpose.

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