The Mariatrost Basilica – a great baroque masterpiece

September 7th, 2014

According to info got by Austria Post is to issue a stamp commemorating the 300 years of founding of Mariatrost Basilica. The stamp depicts this cathedral in all its beauty. The stamp will be issued and put into circulation on the 19th of September.

The Baroque Mariatrost Basilica on top of the Purberg hill in Mariatrost, a district of Graz, is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites of Styria in Austria.

The pilgrimage church stands prominently on top of the Purberg hill in the northeast of Graz. It can be reached using the 200 or more steps of the Angelus stair. The basilica is classified as a Baroque building.

The building was begun in 1714 by Andreas Stengg and his son Johann Georg Stengg and finished in 1724. The main altar includes a statue of the Madonna originally created in the Gothic period around 1465, but altered to the Baroque style in 1695 by Bernhard Echter.

The Mariatrost Basilica is the second most important Marian shrine of Styria after Mariazell Basilica.

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