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Church of St. Aloysius


The Church of St. Aloysius was designed by a local named Johannes Fuchs, and the equipment was made by Jožef Holzinger. It was built in 1769, and draws the attention of the passers-by with its beautiful rococo railings and the late-baroque façade.

The late-baroque altar carries the statues of St. Andrew and St. Peter. The altar painting shows St. Aloysius and a panorama of Maribor. It was done by the painter and the director of Graz gallery Gianpaolo Tunner. Kuppelwieser painted the pictures for both side altars, an image of St. Victorinus with Ptuj in the background, and of St. Maximillian and Celje.

This means that the church has three paintings depicting all three major cities in the Štajerska region (Maribor, Ptuj in Celje) in the 19th century. When the Jesuit order was dissolved in 1784, the church was closed down and turned into a military warehouse, while the college building was repurposed as an army training centre. That’s when the church lost its bell tower, leaving it the only church in the city without one. The church was returned to ecclesiastical use in 1831.


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