ARCHITECT, Austrian
(active 1290s in Lower Austria)

Interior view

before 1295
Photo
Cistercian church, Heiligenkreuz

The large Cistercian church at Heiligenkreuz is built on a square ground plan and has four independent piers. It is the wide distances between these piers that unifies the space of the choir and the ambulatory. The grandeur of this architecture suggests that the church may have had links with the Habsburg dynasty.

The photo shows the hall choir. The exact start of building is not known. Work was underway by 1288 and the church was consecrated in 1295.




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