Photographer's Note

The church location on Pöstlingberg dates back to 1720, when it became a pilgrimage site with a wooden chapel. In 1731 it was replaced by a chapel with stone foundations. By 1742, new construction began and it opened in December 1748.

In 1809, the French occupied Linz and Urfahr and there was fighting on Pöstlingberg. The French secured the site and built a wooden fort on the mountain top. They removed the forests in the area to permit better observation. The fort was demolished by the French during their retreat. As a result, of this action, the outlook from the summit area is possible.
During the Second World War heavy camouflage was used at this location and the church and its surroundings were a Flak observation site.

Unfortunately, during my several years living in the Linz area, I was unable to travel to this wonderous church as it was in the Soviet Zone of Austria. Although the church was located in greater Linz, one could not cross the Danube into the Urfahr suburb. In 1955 Austria became an unoccupied country and the bridge across the Danube was open for everyone. I have been here several times and would recommend a visit here via the streetcars that originate in the area in my photo of downtown Linz. The interior is beautiful and the view of Linz from this location is amazing.

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