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Description of Franziskanerkirche
Franziskanerkirche is a Roman Catholic church that
constructed in 1603 by the Church monastic Order of Franciscans.
They erected their church on the site of much older medieval
convent. After numerous reconstructions Franziskanerkirche got South
German Renaissance facade and Baroque interior. Additionally
contains the oldest organ in Vienna that date back to 1642. It was
designated by Johann Wockerl and it is still in working condition.
The Moses Fountain that stands in front of Franziskanerkirche was
added in 1798 by architect Johann Martin Fischer in a Neo-Classical
The Franciscan Order constructed first
monastery in the district Mariahilf in 1451. It was their first
monastery in Vienna, which was destroyed in 1529. In 1589, the
municipality of Vienna transferred the empty penitentiary monastery,
built from 1383 to 1387, to the Franciscan order. When the
Franciscans took over the building - in which former whores were
housed as penitents - it came with the inclusion of old components
for the construction of the church. Thus it comes that Vienna's only
sacred building in the Renaissance style is still often adorned by
Gothic elements. The church Franziskanerkirche was completed in 1607
(the design of the interior was not completed until 1720), the
monastery was completed in 1630. Its name Franziskanerkirche
literally means "church of the Franciscans".
Interior of the
high altar was created by Andrea Pozzo in 1707. The front part is
sculpturally sculpted, while the columns, architecture, dome and
clouds are painted on canvas. In the course of the restoration
church recieved its historical decor according to the plans of
Father Bonaventura from 1603 to 1607. Grisaille paintings were also
uncovered, which remained hidden for several decades.
the Wöckherl organ, which is positioned in the choir behind the high
altar, should be noted. It was created in 1642, the oldest in the
country. It is still playable; her sister organ is in the cathedral
and parish church of St. George in Ödenburg and is the oldest
functioning church organ in Central Europe from 1633.
Grace statue or Statue of Mercy was created in the 15th
century. It came from Grünberg in Bohemia. Protestants tried to
destroy the statue. When they tried to burn her, the statue resisted
the fire. After trying in vain to destroy it with an ax, the hatchet
was left in Mary's left shoulder and the statue has since been
revered as the "Madonna with the Ax".