Visiting the Cathedral of Gurk

The Cathedral of Gurk

The Cathedral of Gurk @carlo/Flick

The Cathedral of Gurk located in the eastern part of the city was built in Romanesque style between 1140-1200, has two towers with a height of 60 m, a crypt, three apses and it is considered one of the most important religious buildings in Europe. Since 1174 the church houses the relics of Saint Hemma of Gurk, who raised churches and monasteries and who belonged to the nobility of the Austrian region of Carinthia, the region to which belongs the city of Gurk as well.

We will give you some basic information regarding the church so you can decide about visiting the Cathedral of Gurk.

Renovations and modifications

After the fire in 1525 the church roof was destroyed and it was rebuilt in 1563. In the mid seventeenth century the church was rebuilt in baroque style and the baroque spiers were built in 1678. In 1808 another fire destroyed the roof of the Cathedral of Gurk and the chapel, between the years 1924 to 1933 have been complete renovations renovations and in 1950 was renovated the baroque interior as well.

The Cathedral of Gurk

The Cathedral of Gurk @carlo/Flick

The interior of the Cathedral

The Cathedral of Gurk has 6 bells which were built in 1958 and have weights between 173 kg – 2727 kg and a diameter between 680 mm – 1630 mm. The pulpit was built between 1740-1741 and the organs around the 1730s. It also keeps murals dating from 1340, very old Romanesque portals, the nave vault is dating from 1591, the frescoes are dating from around 1390, and has numerous statues depicting various saints. The shrine was built by sculptor Michael Hönel between the years 1625-1632 and by Johann Seitlinger in 1654, has a width of 9 m and a height of 16 m.

The interior of the Cathedral of Gurk

The interior of the Cathedral of Gurk @duundich1234/Flick

Attached buildings

The Crypt is approximately 20 m long and 20 m wide, supported by 100 columns and was completed in 1174. The Episcopal Chapel was built during the period 1200-1213, in the time of Bishop Walther, preserving many valuable paintings. The fortifications that were built between 1447-1520 were partially preserved. Alongside the church are preserved the monastery buildings belonging to it.

The former cathedral, located at Domplatz no. 11, is now used as a diocese church.

Gurk Cathedral

Gurk Cathedral @pixel0908/Flick

Visiting the Cathedral of Gurk

There are organized guided tours for groups of minimum 5 persons, and the prices are 2.90 euros, 3.70 euros, 4.60 euros and 7.50 euros, depending on the areas that is visited. For older people, students, students, civil servants, soldiers and trainees, ticket prices are reduced.

The visit program of the Cathedral of Gurk in the summer is between 10.00 – 17.00/18.00 and in winter it can be visited between 10.00 – 16.00.


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