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Franciscan Church (Eisenstadt)
Description of Franciscan Church of Eisenstadt or Franziskanerkirche
Franciscan Church of Eisenstadt or Franziskanerkirche
as it is locally known was constructed in 1629. Impressive reliefs
of the altar date back to 1630. This Roman Catholic Church was
dedicated to Saint Michael. It keeps a mausoleum
with several burial crypts of the Esterhazy noble family.
Church Minoritenkirche in the former monastery
Klostergasse was founded around 1386 by Archbishop Johann Kanizsai.
However, in 1529, the building was destroyed by the invading Turkish
armies. In 1629 Count Nikolaus Esterházy rebuilt the church in
Baroque style from the ruins after the victorious battle of
Lackenbach. In 1630 it was consecrated in honor of St. Michael the
Archangel and handed over to the Franciscan Convent founded in 1625.
Interior of the Franciscan church are covered by
works of beautiful renaissance Italian masters, with rich stucco
decorations from the time of construction. On the gallery you can
admire one of the so-called 18th-century haydn organs. However, the
view is attracted by the rococo pulpit from 1752. The reliefs
represent the fish and the bird sermon of St. Francis. The second
floor of the Franciscan Monastery houses the Diocesan Museum, which
was opened in 1981 with a special exhibition. In the eastern wing of
the monastery, the princely tomb is installed. The crypt was built
as a neo-gothic three-aisled pillared hall with two bays and was
turned down by Ferenc Storno. It was expanded in 1856/57.