Salzburg Photos: Kirche St. Andrä
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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.
photo (c) visit-salzburg.net