A terrific baroque building: Basilika Mariatrost, Graz (with sketches)

A terrific baroque building: Basilika* Mariatrost, Graz (with sketches)

July 2016

The lovely Mariatrost Basilica is a baroque style building on top of the Purberg hill, a steep climb from the bus stop including some 225 steps.  There’s a lovely view from the top-  see my pen and ink sketch below- and what’s inside is a superb example of the baroque.

Basilika Mariatrost

Basilika Mariatrost

Basilika Mariatrost, Mary at front and center (15th c with baroque decor)

Basilika Mariatrost, Mary at front and center (1465 c with baroque decor 1695)

Basilika Mariatrost, Mary at front and center (15th c with baroque decor)

Basilika Mariatrost

Construction began in 1714 by Andres Stengg and his son Johnann, finishing in 1724.  The fabulous pulpit (1730/31) is a stunning design. The excellent ceiling frescoes are by Lukas von Schram and Johann Baptist Scheidt..  The wings were a monastery, once occupied by the Paulines (1708–86) and later the Franciscans (1842–1996).

Basilika Mariatrost pulpit

Basilika Mariatrost pulpit

The pulpit was designed by Veit Koniger.  It depicts significant events in Mary’s life.  Three large allegorical figures symbolize the three godly virtues, faith, hope and love.

Basilika Mariatrost section of pulpit, pen and ink

Basilika Mariatrost section of pulpit, pen and ink

Basilika Mariatrost scenic view, pen and ink

Basilika Mariatrost scenic view, pen and ink

 

 

* ‘Basilica’ is an architectural term dating from Roman times, referring a structure with a main aisle and one or two side aisles on each side.

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