Late Gothic Mülln Church (“Müllner Kirche”) was built in the 15th century and, as part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Salzburg Historic District, is a listed monument. Unique features include its tall Gothic tower with characteristic helm and double-lantern spire.
Mülln Parish Church stands on historic ground: Even back in pre-Christian times, this hilltop above the banks of the River Salzach in the Mülln section of Salzburg was a site of pagan worship. A chapel consecrated to the Virgin Mary is believed to have stood here as early as 1048. Over the years, the chapel became too small, which is why construction of a Late Gothic hall church began in 1439. A consecration ceremony was held here in 1453.
Architecture and Interior
Mülln Church underwent its final exterior remodeling during the Late Baroque: The modest entrance gives practically no hint of the magnificence that awaits visitors within. Two lions’ heads adorn the church portal, while the hall is dominated by a mighty high altar made of red marble. It contains a precious, and purportedly miraculous statue of the Madonna with Child, a Late Medieval masterpiece from 1460. Other eye-catching features include a splendidly adorned pulpit as well as a two-story music gallery, whose balustrades extend the entire length of the room.
Mülln Church today
Mülln Church essentially marks the north-eastern extent of the Salzburg Historic District, also close to the Müllner Bräustüberl. If you decide to take a walk over the Mönchsberg, you should definitely take a peek inside Mülln Church either at the start or finish of your city hike. The idyllic cemetery is also well worth a visit, reopened to the public in May 2017 after almost 140 years. Lying as it does right next to Mülln Church on some 3,000 m², it affords breathtaking views of UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Salzburg.
In addition to St. Peter’s and St. Sebastian’s Cemeteries, a third historical interment location can also be found in Mülln. For 140 years, the Himmels-Terrasse was closed to the public. But now, beginning in 2018, urns (exclusively) may once again be interred here.