Salzburg Photos: Kirche St. Andrä

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Kirche St. Andrä

The Kirche St. Andrä is a rather large building with two enormous towers that was built in the late 19th century. It is at the heart of the so-called "Neustadt" ("New Town"), which was developed only after the demolition of the 17th century bastions north of the Linzergasse Lane. The name should emphasise that this section of Salzburg was fundamentally different from the "Altstadt" (Old Town) of Medieval and Baroque buildings. Unfortunately, the Neustadt was built in the Historicist style that spread from Vienna to all corners of the Habsburg Empire between 1870 and the outbreak of WWI. The Kirche St. Andrä did not blend in with the Baroque ensembles of Schloss Mirabell or the Dreifaltigkeitskirche at all. It was big, it was ugly and it was dominant. Only after WWII, two architects were hired to supervise some measures to blend St. Andrä in with the rest of the city as far as possible: The brick walls were coverd up with mortar, the ponty towers were replaced by short pyramids. If you want to know what it looked like originally, just go to Vienna - you will find several churches of this kind along the Gürtel area.

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