The most precious works of art inside the Dom are certainly the 2 shrines on both sides of the Altar :
Both of them belonged to Paola Gonzaga , and were transported first from her home in Mantua to a castle in Lienz, when she married Leonhard von Görz in 1477. The decorations are made by Andrea Mantagna by ivory and bones and show a poem by Petrarca ( I Trionfi ). The couple died without children and so these precious shrines were donated to the church, who used them for reliquies of christian martyrs.
The Gothic Dom (Cathedral) was built under Emperor Frederick III in 1438. It was to serve as a city parish and court church. The mausoleum, built by italian architect Pietro de Pomis for Emperor Ferdinand II, dates back to 1614. The Cathedral has a beautiful interior.
The Dom (Cathedral) and Mausoleum are definitely a couple of the best things to see in Graz. It was built between 1438 and 1464 by order of Kaiser Friedrich III.
The Cathedral is a bit small, but very beautiful and there are all kinds of (classical) concerts performed there. When we were there, they were having a series of Organ Concerts and we got to listen to one of the performers practice.
The Cathedral of Graz is a late-Gothic building dating from the 15th century through Friedrich III. by Hans Niesenberger.
The interior combines Gothic and Baroque elements, with reticulated vaulting on the ceiling and many side altars and a famous fresco by Villach, showing the plagues of 1480 - also the oldest picture of the town Graz.
Graz's Dom is not its most spectacular attraction. It's even outclassed by the Mausoleum which stands adjacent to it. Its high, plain, austere walls and gothic style don't catch the eye, and it is hard to get a good, clear view of the building from anywhere, even from on top of the Schlossberg. What it lacks in looks, however, it makes up for in pure decibels. I was standing next to it as the clock struck midday and was figuratively blown away. It interesting to stand there and hear the cathedral peel out the midday chorus, and then listen to the sound of the other churches ringing back through the street spokes, almost as if they were in conversation.
The cathedral of Graz, next to the Masoleum is an unremarkable building on the outside but a riot of Baroque on the inside. Gold gilting and flowing masonry are everywhere you look.
The effect is striking when you walk in after looking at the bleak white walls on the outside to a dizzying array of gold and marble on the inside.
Definitly worth a visit to see if you're in Graz.
Cathedral was built under Emperor Frederic III. in 15th century. Together with Burg, Theatre and the former Jesuit University, they form a "Stadt krone" of the Old Town