Churches you must see in Sopron
The oldest church in the city, a very important tourist landmark in Sopron, the church dedicated to Saint Michael, is located on the highest point in the city. It was built in the thirteenth century is Roman style, but during the fifteenth century reconstruction has gained a Gothic look.
One of the tourist attractions in Sopron is the Goat Church, built in the late thirteenth century by the Franciscan Order. The building is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Hungary. In 1787, Emperor Joseph II dissolved the Order of Franciscans, the church being traspferred to the Benedictine order.
The Saint Michael Church
The present form of the Saint Michael Church in Sopron dates from the nineteenth century and was finalized at the last renovations. A feature of the chapel next to the St. Michael Church is the dragon carved in stone on the facade of the entrance. Inside the chapel you can see statues from the 15th century and fragments of partly restored paintings dating from the same period. A wooden sculpture of the Madonna, dating from the mid-fifteenth century, will surely attract attention.
The Goat Church
Throughout history, the Goat Church in Sopron was the venue for numerous parliamentary sessions. The building is very beautiful, well proportioned, with an imposing tower. The interior fresco work deserves your attention. The pulpit, made of wood, dates from 1754 and is decorated with allegorical figures representing Faith, Hope and Love. The entrance is decorated with baroque inspired works of the Benedictine monastery, located near the Goat Church. The entrance is one of the finest examples of religious Gothic architecture. The church also has a museum with valuable exhibits, represented by medieval relics, ornaments and many others.
Related to the name of the church, the legend says that a thief has hidden a treasure at the base of the church when it was still under construction. The treasure was discovered by a goat grazing near the church, a century later. Beyond the legend, the church was built by the Geisel family, whose coat of arms can be admired today on the church facade.
The Holy Trinity Statue of Sopron
As we speak of religious constructions, we have to mention the Holy Trinity Statue of Sopron, which can be found in the middle of the Main Market, being one of the most valuable masterpieces of Hungarian Baroque sculpture. The statue is a monument given to Sopron from a survivor of the plague in the years between 1695 and 1701.