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Parish Church : Michelin's recommendations
The Swabian-type, pinnacle-fronted Parish Church stands at the end of Franz-Josef-Strasse. Its huge roof, covered with 15 000 copper plates, shelters a very large interior space, with four aisles and two parallel chancels with network vaulting. Its outstanding Gothic furnishings and sculptures are completed by some Baroque creations. On the right, the main nave and its chancel were reserved for the miners' guild and a few of these tombs remain. The organ loft, from 1522, shows elaborate Gothic decoration in the vaulting supporting it and in its balustrade. The Baroque organ case is sumptuous. Further along, there are traces of Gothic fittings, including the outstanding octagonal font or very expressive 16C Christ on the cross. However, the finest piece of religious sculpture is undoubtedly St Anne's altar, in the south side aisle. Its Baroque altarpiece honouring St George and St Florian, patron saints of Austria, frames a fine early-16C group: the Holy Family between St Elizabeth, on the right, and St Ursula, on the left. Two fine cloister walks*, with intersecting rib vaulting, still grace the small neighbouring park that climbs up the slope to the south of the church.
- Address : Franz-Josef Str. A - 6130 Schwaz6130Schwaz