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Cathedral Square 6

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Free

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Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Also known as Innsbruck Cathedral or Dom zu St. Jakob, this church was rebuilt in the 1700s and has long been part of the ancient Christian pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. The cathedral is known for its 57 bells, which includes the second-largest bell in the Tyrol region. Inside, you'll see frescoes depicting the life of Jesus' apostle, St. James. It's also famous for the painting, "Maria Hilf," of the Madonna and Child, which is the most popular such image in the Alps.

Recent travelers advised that there is some restoration work taking place, but say the cathedral is beautiful and a "must-visit."

The church is open from 8:45 a.m. to either 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., depending on the season. It does not open until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays. There is no fee to enter, but donations are appreciated. According to visitors, you can purchase a photo license to snap pictures of the interior for 1 euro (around $1.15). For more information, visit the official website.

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