the Franciscan church of Boldogasszony (Frauenkirche, Austria)

Boldogasszony, pilgrimage church
The architect Francesco Martinelli modelled both the ground-plan and the main facade of his building on seventeenth-century Jesuit churches. The nave is flanked by a series of chapels on both sides, while the two towers of the main facade frame a lower, slightly protruding central part. The high pilasters and the broken lines of the entablatures of the facade keep the enormous surfaces in a harmonious union. This is the first example of this type of facade arrangement, which then became very popular on eighteenth-century churches in Hungary. Pál Esterházy particularly favoured the Franciscans; he chose the Franciscan church of Kismarton (Eisenstadt, Austria) for his burial place.