The divided church

The medieval town of Gmünd is proud to house one of the few divided churches in the world through which a road runs. On one side of the road stands the altar and on the other is the prayer room consisting of a tiered gallery. The road is no longer in use and has been replaced by the nearby national “Katschberg” road. Why the Church was built in this way is not known. One possibility is that the delinquents on their way to gallows stopped by to ask forgiveness before their hanging. The other story is that salespeople moving from village to village could stop with their wares and pray enroute.

Contact
Röm. Kath. Pfarramt Gmünd

9853 Gmünd, Kirchgasse 36
Tel.: +43 4732 2289
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pfarre.gmuend@aon.at