FISCHER VON ERLACH, Johann Bernhard
(b. 1656, Graz, d. 1723, Wien)

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begun 1696
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Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), Salzburg

The Kollegienkirche in Salzburg (Collegiate Church; sometimes called the Universitätskirche) was designed by the Baroque architect Fischer von Erlach. It was built between 1694 and 1707 for the local Benedictine university founded in 1622. The university was disbanded in 1810 but reopened in 1962 as part of the University of Salzburg.

The church is built on a modified Greek cross plan with a unique convex façade. Inside, the high altar by Anton Pfaffinger (1740) incorporates classical columns representing the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Altar paintings are by Johann Michael Rottmayr.