Basilika St. Michael
Every day guests from different countries come to visit them. Often it is about seeing the filming location for the wedding ceremony in the movie "Sound of Music". For other guests, the works of Meinrad Guggenbichler, who lived in Mondsee from 1678 to 1723 and had his workshop here, are given priority. Since the renovation, the redesign of the sanctuary by the South Tyrolean artist Lois Anvidalfarei is worth seeing. In recent times, pilgrims come several times, whose destination is the copy of the Altöttinger Madonna, which has its place in the basilica since 2013.
There are several publications about the church and its works of art. This essay is about the importance of the ancient former monastery for the region. From Mondsee Monastery - official founding year: 748 - the entire area was cultivated, Christianized and developed. With the abolition of the Benedictine abbey in 1791, the church became a parish church. Before there was next to the monastery church, the parish church of St. Stephen with a cemetery in today's Karlsgarten. This was auctioned in 1789 and removed in 1791.
"In 1963, the North Tower had to be demolished because it had begun to tilt towards NW and threatened to collapse." 1)
With a decree of 5 February 2005, Pope John Paul II raised the parish church of Mondsee to the Basilica Minor. In the same year began a three-year church interior renovation. All the altars, pictures, floors in the altar rooms and flags were thoroughly examined and preserved. The altar room with altar, ambo and presidency was designed by the South Tyrolean sculptor Lois Anvidalfarei. In the fall of 2008, the parish celebrated the completion of the renovation and the consecration of the new altar.2)
The basilica offers the space for large religious celebrations. Pastor Dr. Ernst Wageneder and a large group of minors, the Kantorei under the expert guidance of Prof. Holzer-Graf and many different music groups and choirs of the region provide for first-class varied design of the services. The Basilica of St. Michael is also a stopover on the pilgrimage route of the Via Nova or just a place of silent retreat and personal prayer in the St. Mary or St. Peter's Chapel.
1) Kunze, p. 39 f.
2) cf. www.pfarre-mondsee.com