In 1748 parish priest Johann Freitag had decided to construct a large pilgrimage and deanery church in St. Veit am Vogau. The narrow space in the church%u2019s surroundings and the desire to achieve a more favourable long‐distance effect of the fa?ade probably motivated Graz architect Joseph Hueber — who later constructed numerous churches, middle‐class and aristocratic buildings and also the famous pilgrimage church at Weizberg — to re‐orientate the new building towards the north, whereas the original church%u2019s choir had faced east.
The central fa?ade is dominated by sweeping movements, just like the ground plan of the fa?ade, the far‐protruding ledges and especially the gables which are enriched with volutes; the silhouettes of the gables are characteristic for the late‐Baroque period. Due to the two mighty towers, the fa?ade makes a very solid impression — the entire church is a characteristic example of a rural pilgrimage church.
Pfarrkirche St. Veit am Vogau
A special masterpiece of the church is the large organ with 20 registers which was manufactured by the Passau organ builder Egedacher in 1689 for the pilgrimage church of Mariazell. The Mariazell organ was replaced by a new instrument in 1738 and the organ was transferred to the newly built parish church of St. Veit am Vogau in 1753. Thus, a unique cultural heritage could be preserved without any major changes up to the present. The three‐year renovation of the magnificent organ was finished in summer 2002.
Pfarrkirche, Am Kirchplatz 5, 8423 St. Veit am Vogau, Austria, Google Maps