Innsbruck is a city in the Alps, that envelops you in its picturesque enigma, as soon as, you step inside its territory. Besides being the winter sports destination, Innsbruck is also the capital of Tyrol in Austria. This city, in particular, is popular for its blooming contrast of imperial history and modern architecture. But at first, you will sense a subtle blend of serenity, phenomenal views and nicked rock spires wherever you go. By large, this small country is a passing painting with vastly spread pastures, cowbell chimes, towering hillside, and infinite mountainous beauty as its muse. Every scene is worth beholding! Especially, if you are someone who likes quiet. This side of the world is unusually peaceful. The kind, I like.
The city, however, will take you into its possession the moment you first lay your eyes on it. Landmarks such as the Golden Roof, Court Church and Ambras Castle will leave you spellbound. But you certainly can’t leave the city unless you have paid a visit to the famous baroque styled Innsbruck Cathedral. Dedicated to Saint James, Innsbruck Cathedral has survived WWII and has been restored in a perfect condition over a period of time. It was built in the 17th-century on a 12th-century site. If you think that’s cool then the interiors will surely leave you surprised. The cathedral’s decorated interiors boast a trail of Romanesque designs.
When you look around and above, you will notice three arches extruding into three-dimensional impressions of stunning wall/ceiling art. Equally important are the dome ceilings that range over the nave. They say, what makes this cathedral so popular is its 15th-century masterpiece painting of Maria Hilf, by artist Lucas Cranach. Placed above the main altar, this painting symbolises idolization of the Christian world. On the other hand, the interiors are spanned as the ponderous pillars with marble lesenes cast a succession of arches that reach up to the painted wooden ceiling. As you can see, the towering dome is embellishing the high altar, recreating the rare moment of when this cathedral may have been built.
I think the most glamorous quotient of this cathedral is its frescoes. It’s quite a sight when the sunlight bows down to kiss the altar. Both the light and the energy lighten up the place with intense positivity. The man who largely contributed to this artistic expedition is Bavarian artist Cosmas Damian. Damian managed to create a strange optical illusion through his paintings. Meaning, when sun rays penetrate through the glass windows, these paintings begin to look too real. One of the painted-frescoes reiterate the four lifecycles of Saint James.
All in all, the incredible geometric patterns will leave you astonished. Benedetti and Christoforo were the mastermind-architects who executed this brilliant idea. What’s more important is that despite wars and earthquakes, Innsbruck Cathedral has been restored really well. Other than its architectural beauty, Innsbruck Cathedral also houses Tyrol’s 2nd-largest historic bell. Every Friday, this bell is rung at 3 PM as a reminder to Jesus’s death. Other than that there are eight more church bells, each dedicated to a Saint. They say, that back in the late 19th-century, there were 48 bells. These were installed near the North tower which contains the peace carillon. This carillon weighs 4100 Kg and is Austria’s largest. It has been designed by the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry. To hear the bell sounds, arrive at the cathedral at 12:10 PM.