Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary or New Cathedral of Linz
Austria, Linz

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary or the New Cathedral is the second largest cathedral in Austria. The height of the tower of the New Cathedral is 135 meters. It was originally planned that the tower of the cathedral would be even higher, but at that time according to Catholic canons, no building in the country could be higher than the main shrine in the country - the southern tower of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, whose height was 136.5 meters. The project of architect Vincent Stac was sent for revision. Although the cathedral is considered the second highest, but the number of parishioners who can accommodate during church services, which is about 20,000 people, and the floor space, the temple can be called the largest in Austria. Plans for the construction of the cathedral were presented in 1855 by Bishop Franz Joseph Rudiger. Seven years later, in 1862, the first stone was laid. And in 1924, the cathedral was consecrated by Bishop Johannes Maria Gföllner. Thus, the temple was built over 60 years. The cathedral was built in the usual French Gothic style. Stained glass windows on the windows of the cathedral deserve special attention. The most famous is the window of Linz, which depicts the history of the city of Linz. Stained-glass windows are a real work of art. In addition to historical and religious subjects, images of philanthropists and temple builders are displayed here. During the Second World War, some of the stained-glass windows, especially in the southern part of the cathedral, were badly damaged by bombing. Instead of restoring the original windows, stained-glass windows were installed here displaying contemporary art. There are more than 2000 stained-glass windows in the cathedral. In addition to stained glass, the New Cathedral is also known for its magnificent organ. The cathedral is open to all comers, you can visit it any day from morning to 19 pm. A visit as part of the tour allows you to not only enjoy the beauties of the church, but also hear a lot of interesting things about it.

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