Gurk Cathedral, Gurk

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Gurk Cathedral is a Romanesque pillar basilica in Gurk, in the Austrian state of Carinthia. The former cathedral and current co-cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gurk was built from 1140 to 1200, it is one of the most important Romanesque buildings in Austria.With its consecration in 1174, the grave of Saint Hemma of Gurk was relocated there from former Gurk Abbey, a Benedictine nunnery she had founded in 1043 and which was dissolved by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg in 1070/72, in order to fund the newly established Gurk diocese and the construction of the cathedral. The cathedral chapter established in 1123 moved to Klagenfurt in 1787.ConstructionThe elongated building has a westwork with two towers, a gallery, a crypt, and three apses. The crypt, with its 100 columns, is the oldest part of the cathedral. In the middle of the rural Gurktal, the imposing 60m tall twin steeple of the cathedral can be seen from a very great distance.
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  • We did not know that the diocese in Kärntnen had been lying in the Gurk in 700 years, but it explains the outrageous size and riches the church acquired throughout the centuries.
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  • Krka - Gurk cathedral is one of the biggest Romanesque churches near the Slovenia. It stands in remote valley and is the biggest and oldest building in the village. You need a book or art historian to...  more »
  • I don't have that much with churches, but this Shaq I recommend. It is a huge complex with various features and the Church itself is still used for worship. Impressive are the huge amount of gold-colored images from the ground to the roof. If the weather's not fine you can easily look around an hour and a half.
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  • In the green valleys of southern Austria, near Klagenfurt, is the pilgrimage town of Gurk. Here, a beautiful 12th-century cathedralis packed with the finest examples of religious art and shelters the shrine of Hemma, a beloved Austrian saint. The 12th century Gurk Cathedral is regarded as the most outstanding example of Romanesque architecture in Austria. The flat, austere exterior is dominated by twin west towers (135 feet high), to which onion domes were added in 1682. The barrel-vaulted porch has a portal dating from 1200. It was enclosed and richly decorated with murals of biblical scenes and stained glass in 1348. The south portal has a sculpture of Christ the Savior and a lion and snake can be found on the east apse. The left wall of the nave is home to the Samson Doorway, from 1200. The interior is decorated with a magnificent collection of frescoes dating from the 13th century, including depictions of St Christopher (c. 1250), the Downfall of Saul (c. 1380), and the Death and Assumption of the Virgin (c. 1390). There are also six painted wooden reliefs, which depict the legend of St Hemma.
  • Was always the HLG. Visit Herma. Beautifully landscaped park and Cathedral. Am grateful that I was allowed to see it. Was a beautiful trip to Gurk.
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  • Very impressive Dom. place Gurk does not very much for.
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  • Beautiful concert there sung with spiritual literature by Heinrich Schütz. (Vocal ensemble Carinthia) ...ein benefit for singers and listeners
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  • Detour is worthwhile in any case, not only because of the magnificent building, but also scenic
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