There are churches that impress you with their façade. They display a bold front to the world. There are other churches whose exterior fails to move. Instead, they have a magnificent interior. The Stadtpfarrkirche, St. Francis Xavier, falls into the latter category. It has a monumental front with two spires and a dreary façade, but the interior is a Baroque revelation.
Peter Franz Carlone designed the original church of St. Francis Xavier in the 17th century. Work reached completion in 1665. The façade had been modeled after the Jesuit Church in Vienna. Inside, there is no austerity. The church explodes in a rush of black and gold. There are gilded tendrils and golden leaf everywhere, including on the Baroque black and gold altar. There are oversized statues by Agydius Meixner of the Apostles, the Salzburg Bishops, Rupert and Vergil. Meixner is also probably responsible for the graceful pulpit. Johann Heinrich Schönfeld created the high altar altarpiece. It is the Apotheosis of St. Francis Xavier.
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