Mariapfarr

Silent-Night-Museum and Museum of Local History in Mariapfarr

Given recent findings, historians know that Joseph Mohr created the text to "Silent Night!" in the form of a poem in 1816 while serving in Mariapfarr in the Lungau region of the province of Salzburg. Two years later, Franz Gruber added the melody to the lyrics. During the years 1815-1817, Mohr held the position of assistant priest in Mariapfarr. The house of his grandfather, called the "Scharglerkeusche" is located at Stranach Nr. 21 not far from Mariapfarr. A reference to Mohr can also be found as part of a relief sculpture in the town's war memorial monument (World War I, 1914-1918).

The Silent Night Museum includes documentation on Joseph Mohr beginning with his family tree which goes back to the 17th century in Lungau. His origins from there and his stay in Mariapfarr from 1815-1817 as parish facilitator are not the only evidence of his relationship to Lungau.

Opening time
Monday and Thursday from 4 to 6 PM.

October:
Thursday from 4 to 6 PM.

April, May and November:
The museum is closed.

For exact opening information and booking of special tours by appointment Tel. +43 (0) 6473 8766


Silent-Night-Museum and Museum of Local History
Joseph-Mohr-Platz 1
A-5571 Mariapfarr

Website
http://www.stillenachtmuseum.at/

Silent Night Fountain in Joseph Mohr Square in Mariapfarr

"I feel closely related to Joseph Mohr. Every time I stand near his grave in Wagrain, I ask him to say a bidding prayer for me!" recounted priest Bernhard Rohrmoser in 2011 at the festivities celebrating the renovation of the vicarage, the introduction of Joseph Mohr Square and the new Silent Night Fountain, all blessed by Archbishop Alois Kothgasser.

Bernhard Rohrmoser designed the fountain himself in memory of year 1816, the year in which Joseph Mohr wrote the text to "Silent Night, Holy Night!" whilst he occupied the position of coadjutor in Mariapfarr.

The meaning of the fountain: The globe under the bust of Joseph Mohr represents the world-wide propagation of the Carol - in the meantime in more than 300 languages. A second bronze bowl under the globe combines the message of peace.

Bernhard Rohrmoser`s conceptual design was carried out by Alfred Kremser, a stonemason from Mariapfarr, and Peter Wiener, a sculptor from Adnet, who was also responsible for the caste-bronze for the bust and the bowls.


Silent Night Fountain
Joseph-Mohr-Platz 1
A-5571 Mariapfarr

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