|place||Graz , Styria|
Location and landscape
The city of Graz is bounded in the west by the Plabutsch-Buchkogel ridge . In the far southwest rises - already outside the municipality - the Bockkogel ( ), whose eastern spur into the Graz basin is the Florianiberg, which rises almost 200 meters above the city. To the north is the district of Webling , at the eastern foot of Straßgang , to the south is Seiersberg and southwest Gedersberg , both of which belong to the municipality of Seiersberg-Pirka . At the northern foot of the small Katzelbach flows , which irrigates the Bad Straßgang  .
The church is a beautiful vantage point over the south of the city and the Grazer Feld, even if it is now a bit in the forest. A street (Florianibergstraße) leads from Straßgang up to Gedersberg, from there the Florianibergweg leads to the church. The Mariazellerweg (Austrian long-distance hiking trail 06) runs west over the Bockberk , with a detour here and down to the cemetery and the parish church of Straßgang am Bergfuß, or to Seiersberg.
History and design
The church consecrated to St. Florian was built in 1597 in place of an older predecessor building on the top of the Floriani mountain. The founder was Archduchess Maria Anna of Bavaria , the wife of Archduke Karl II , the founder of several church buildings in Graz. She is shown in a portrait giving instructions to the builder and her daughter distributing money to the poor. The church achieved a great reputation through a fire in the first sack (located between the main square and the first sack gate, in today's Sackstrasse) in 1670. Legend has it that the fire was extinguished by a prayer to St. Florian and the citizens of Graz vowed an annual pilgrimage to the Florianiberg in gratitude. The pilgrimage followed by a folk festival on the so-called Florianisonntag (first Sunday in May) is still alive today.
The stucco work by the artist Antonio Sereni and the ceiling frescoes by Georg Adam Echter , which show fifteen scenes from the life of the Roman soldier and Christian martyr, St. Florian, are well known. The high altar by Jakob Peyer dates from the Rococo period (1768) and on it there is a statue of the church patron in a Styrian ducal hat and dressed in soldier armor, who pours water from the sky on the sack fire. The side altars show images of several saints.
- Alois Kölbl, Wiltraud Resch: Paths to God. The churches and synagogue of Graz. 2nd, expanded and supplemented edition. Styria, Graz 2004, ISBN 3-222-13105-8 , p. 224.
- Florianikirche, www.kath-kirche-graz.org
- Straßganger Bad. Retrieved April 17, 2020 .