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The Church of Saint Barbara , Bärnbach

The small church of St. Barbara located in the small town of Bärnbach , at the district of Voitsberg in the Austrian state of Styria, Attract curious looks with its appearance.

The main attraction the smallest city of the district of Voitsberg in the Austrian state of Styria is the parish church of St. Barbara, It is consecrated to Saint Barbara (patron of miners) and belongs to the Voitsberg deanery , which was built in 1948 and redesigned mainly outside by the architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1988 and is now known as the Hundertwasser Church.
The tower, the roof, the facades, the golden onion and the golden balls are diverse and rich in shapes.The tower, the roof, the facades, the golden onion and the golden balls are diverse and rich in shapes. The building is surrounded by 12 gates of the great religions and cultures. The many symbols require interpretation. They lead to the message that is the answer to the great questions of human life.
The glass windows were designed by Franz Weiss. A cycle of pictures on our father was designed by Kurt Zisler. Thousands of guests visit every year the listed church in Bärnbach.
According to the entries in the guest book, the little church is known all over the world.

Access : Coordinates: 47.070278, 15.125556 / The church is located at Piberstraße 15 in the town of Bärnbach / Bärnbach has a small railway station, connecting it with Köflach and Graz. The nearest Autobahn is the “A2 Südautobahn”. / Distance to Graz: approx. 48 km.

Highlights :

  • The church building, built in the post-war era, was radically transformed in 1987 by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
  • Twelve gates surround the Hundertwasserkerk, which symbolize the great world religions and cultures as well as ecumenism, tolerance and solidarity.
  • The Roman Catholic parish church in Bärnbach, also often referred to as the Hundertwasser Church.
  • It is worth saying that the architect Hundertwasser did not take a penny for his work, but, on the contrary, donated his funds for reconstruction. The money was also collected at charity exhibitions and events. -the best time to visit is the period from April to September.

Go next : Castle “Alt Kainach” :  This castle is a massive, three-story Renaissance building with a high hipped roof and dates from the 16th and 17th centuries / The Moses fountain in the city park, designed by Prof. Ernst FUCHS, is a biblical addition to the St. Barbara church.



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