Gutau parish church

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Catholic parish church of St. Aegidius in Gutau

The parish church Gutau stands in the east of the place outside the market square above a steeply sloping terrain in the north in the market town of Gutau in the district of Freistadt in Upper Austria . The Roman Catholic parish church consecrated to St. Aegidius belongs to the Deanery of Freistadt in the Diocese of Linz . The church is a listed building ( list entry ).


The church was probably in the beginning an own church of the Griesbacher and at the beginning on the St. Consecrated to Mary. In a document, probably a forgery in the 13th century, the church was handed over to the St. Florian monastery by Bishop Reginmar von Passau in 1122 , but the actual transfer of the church around this time was assumed. A parish was mentioned in a document in 1131, the parish area went from the village of Reichenstein to the Bohemian border. In 1717, the parish was ceded by St. Florian Monastery to Count Thomas Gundaker von Starhemberg for the St. Gotthard parish in the Mühlkreis . The exchange received the episcopal confirmation in 1735.

Bishop Reginmar consecrated the choir in 1131 and made the church a parish church. The nave was officially consecrated in 1147, the north, west and east walls are essentially Romanesque, on the west gable in the attic the gable contours of two previous buildings can be seen. The nave was expanded and fundamentally remodeled from the second half of the 15th century to the beginning of the 16th century. The choir was rebuilt in the fourth quarter of the 14th century. In the 14th century, the south chapel was built as a crypt chapel on an inaccessible former charnel house below; when the nave was extended, the south chapel lost part of the north wall and part of the polygon through the opening to the nave; today the crypt chapel is a Loreto chapel. The core of the lower part of the tower is Romanesque; heightening was probably made in the 14th century and in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The chapel in the northern corner of the choir was built in the first half of the 15th century, today the baptistery. The sacristy from the end of the 14th century was extended in the 19th century. The porch porches were built in the late 19th century. A renovation was made in 1898/1899 with a revision of the stone and a renewal of the tracery of the windows. In 1958/1960 the neo-Gothic side altars were removed. The interior was restored in 1980, 2001 and the exterior in 1989.


  • The art monuments of Austria. Dehio Mühlviertel 2003 . Gutau, Parish Church of St. Egidius, with floor plan, cemetery, pp. 243–246.

Coordinates: 48 ° 25 ′ 0.9 ″  N , 14 ° 36 ′ 49.2 ″  E