Cathedral of St. James
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The tolling bells and multiple clocks of the Cathedral of St. James have kept the town on time for almost three centuries. But it's more than just an oversized clock; this church is also a fine example of Baroque architecture and an exhibition of the excessive wealth of the Hapsburg Empire. Constructed in the early 17th century, St. James is easily recognized by its oxidized bronze domes -- two small ones in front and one above the transept crossing. You'll spot them from any of the city's lookouts like the Stadtturm.

Inside, pink marble columns draw the eye upward to the exquisitely painted ceilings. It's a vista that moves parishioners and tourists alike. One TripAdvisor user says: "If you're in Innsbruck, it's a must. The art on the interior ceilings is impressive and for free admission it's a great place to sit and rest your feet for a few minutes."

Right near the Hofburg, the Cathedral of St. James welcomes visitors daily between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the winter and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer. Tours are not permitted during religious services.

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