Evangelical parish church Gnesau

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Evangelical church and rectory

The Evangelical Parish Church Gnesau with cemetery is in the village of Weißenbach in the municipality of Gnesau .


In the 16th century, the area around Gnesau , which was subordinate to Baron Khevenhüller , became Protestant because Christoph Khevenhüller had converted to Protestantism. Around 1600, when the Counter-Reformation began, and in the 17th century, especially in the second half, when the Counts Lodron took over the lordship of Himmelberg , numerous secret Protestants had to leave the area. Gnesau was also affected by transmigration in the 18th century . From 1752 to 1756, 139 secret Protestants were deported from the parish. After the tolerance patent was issued in 1781, a Protestant community was founded in Gnesau as early as 1782. The believers came mainly from Himmelberg , Gnesau, Tiffen and Wachsenberg . The municipality initially comprised all of Lower Carinthia . A branch church existed in Eggen am Kraigerberg, 60 kilometers away . A wooden prayer house was built in 1785/85 and a stone prayer house in 1803. In 1846 today's rectory was built in Weißenbach. Antonio Missoni built the current church in 1870/1871, the tower was added in 1911.


The church is a uniform neo-Gothic building. The nave and the polygonal choir have roofs covered with wooden shingles and uniform, all-round lancet windows . The slightly protruding tower in the west facade with ogival sound openings is structured by cornice and entablature and crowned by a pointed helmet. In the triangular gables are the dials of a tower clock from 1882. The church entrance leads through the west portal and the tower ground floor and into the church interior.

A pointed barrel rises above the nave with deeply cut pointed arched stab caps . The west gallery above pillars with cruciform vaults protrudes laterally into the nave. Two of the gallery pillars continue above the gallery as supports for the tower construction. A triumphal arch connects the nave with the choir with a five-eighth end . To the left behind the staircase to the pulpit is a loft-like vestibule, which opens up to the choir with a pointed arcade.

The neo-Gothic interior of the church dates from the last quarter of the 19th century. A canvas picture shows Christ blessing bread and wine. The organ was built by Franz Grafenauer in 1890/91 .


  • Dehio manual. The art monuments of Austria. Carinthia . Anton Schroll, Vienna 2001, ISBN 3-7031-0712-X , p. 212.
  • Alexander Hanisch-Wolfram: In the footsteps of the Protestants in Carinthia. Verlag Johannes Heyn, Klagenfurt 2010, ISBN 978-3-7084-0392-2 , p. 96 ff.

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Commons : Evangelische Pfarrkirche Gnesau  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 46 ° 46 ′ 20.5 "  N , 13 ° 58 ′ 47.9"  E