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Way of life between heaven and "Erzberg"


How rusty saints are restored to former splendor and the miner's life story.
An unconventional “show project”. 




It is now more than 50 years since the last members of the Mesner family left the ancient walls of St. Oswald. In 2020, the former “Mesner tower” became the new home for those who were moved out of the church more than 100 years ago, the "discarded" saints that once resided in the baroque interior. 



But even more - the “Mesner tower” was transformed into a new home to former mining life stories. While today the mighty machines of Central Europe's most modern open-cast mine are literally "moving mountains" the “Mesner tower” gives a voice to all those who did their daily work in the former mines and workshops of the Erzberg.



Curious now?

Come and visit us - hear and see for yourself the miner’s life story, how faith finds its expression in their life and how tradition lives on today.


Opening Hours

Ostern - Advent
9:00 Uhr - Dämmerung

Advent – Ostern geschlossen

(Führungen und Öffnung auf Anfrage)

Röm. kath. Pfarramt Eisenerz
Lindmoserstraße 2
8790 Eisenerz
Tel.: 03848/2267


The Fortified Church of St. Oswald

Association for the Preservation of the St. Oswald Fortifications and Parish Church

c/o Obmann Ing. Gregor Ruckhofer
Krumpentalerstraße 2
8790 Eisenerz


Verein zur Erhaltung der Wehranlage und Pfarrkirche St. Oswald
IBAN: AT62 3846 0000 0604 7500

Purpose of payment: Wehrkirchenanlage St. Oswald in Eisenerz