St. Andräkirche - St. Andrew's Church
St. Andrew’s Church (the “Andräkirche”) on Mirabellplatz, with its striking towers, places its own distinctive stamp on the skyline of the right side of the historic district. Its sacred spaces also host the original “Salzburger Advent®”.
The original St. Andrew’s Church used to stand on the Platzl, but ultimately had to be demolished to make way for a wider road. The new Andräkirche was built in Neo Gothic style on Mirabellplatz and was formally consecrated in 1898. During the Second World War, the church was partially destroyed in a bombing raid. A few years after the war, they began rebuilding the church in a more simplified form. 1969/70 saw a major remodeling: The towers were shortened and capped off with flattish pyramid-shaped roofs, while the front of the church acquired a light-grey and white coloration.
Architecture and Interior
The interior of St. Andrew’s Church in Salzburg reflects the modified pietistic style of today, characterized by few accent features. In contrast to this, the church interior is dominated by the high altar, the crucifix, as well as windows dedicated to the Virgin Mary as well as the figures of other saints. The décor is further enhanced with fourteen modern paintings depicting the Stations of the Cross as well as a fresco of St. Chrisopher by Franz Fuchs. Yet another addition to the Andräkirche came at the beginning of 2017: an original French organ from the year 1890.
St. Andrew’s Church today
Every Thursday morning, a popular weekly market is held right next to the Andräkirche – known as the “Schranne”. For locals, a great chance to buy products directly from farmers. For guests, a marvelous opportunity to immerse themselves in the bustling activity of a traditional Salzburg market. In addition, St. Andrew’s is used for numerous musical and cultural events, including the original “Salzburger Advent®”.