Salzburg Photos: Collegiate Church (Kollegienkirche)

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Collegiate Church (Kollegienkirche)

The Collegiate Church or Kollegienkirche is a late-Baroque church at the city centre of Salzburg. The Altstadt (Old Town) is mostly shaped by early Baroque churches, which is one of Salzburg's most important assets. There are a few exceptions to it and the Kollegienkirche is the most important of them: Built by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, a super-star of Baroque architecture in all of the Habsburg Empire and beyond (Salzburg was in fact "beyond" back in those days), the Collegiate Church became the official church of Salzburg University. It was one of four churches that Fischer von Erlach designed for the Prince Archbishop (or local monasteries) that you can still see today. The other three are the Trinity Church (Dreifaltigkeitskirche), the Krankenhauskirche St. Johannes and the Kirche St. Markus.

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