When the University of Würzburg was established in 1582 by Bishop Julius von Mespelbrunn it got its own church. Nowadays not used as church but as ballroom used for University events, concerts and meetings. Its name refers to the in 16th century newly-built University complex. East, North and West wings of the University were already built when 1586 the construction of the Church followed. 1588 Bishop Echter gave instruction to build a monument for himself in the Church. He wanted his heart to be buried there. 1591 Consecrated. But built all too quickly as already in the 17th century major interventions to repair were needed. 1626 The vault had to be demolished and subsequently the tower. 1631 Repair brought to a halt by the invasion of Sweeds. For 70 years the church had neither a roof nor a vault, so wind and water damage made the church dilapidated beyond repair. 1696 Gave Prince-Bishop Johann Gottfried von Guttenberg the restoration to A Petrini: new cloister and roof, 6 arches at the South side strengthened, a 2nd floor added to the tower and an Octagon was built. 18th Century new interior, 19th century secularisation and used as books depot: Baroque main altar, side altars and pulpit were sold. From 1867 again liturgy, up to 1890 Interior works (among other frescos). By the1945 bombing church and University Library had almost totally collapsed: it took a full year to clear the debris. Partly reconstruction, 1946 Church and Tower had undergone an emergency roof, that 1950 due to a storm again collapsed. 1970 Start of the radical restoration.
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