The Christmas song "Silent Night, Holy Night"

Included in the national UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage

The song “Silent Night! Holy Night!”, composed in 1818, is for many people an indispensible part of Christmas Eve. It is impossible to imagine a Christmas party with family and friends, or a Christmas church festival, in particular Midnight Mass, without it. For many, it is the quintessential Christmas carol.

The origin of the song

The origin of the Christmas song “Silent Night, Holy Night” is woven in many legends and anecdotes.

We know that the text was composed by Joseph Mohr in 1816 in Mariapfarr, Lungau, and was given a melody two years later by Franz Xaver Gruber. It was at Christmas Mass that this beautiful Christmas song was sung for the first time by the two friends, the priest and the teacher. Joseph Mohr sang the soprano line and played guitar, while Franz Xaver Gruber sang alto.

Silent Night Museum in Mariapfarr

The parish and pilgrimage church in Mariapfarr has collected comprehensive documentation about Joseph Mohr and his song Silent Night, Holy Night. In the museum, there are also the original furnishings once used by this great man.

A large nativity scene with almost one hundred figures from the 18th century is set up year-round in the "Mohr-Stube".

Mariapfarr is proud of its cultural treasures, and a visit to the museum is definitely rewarding.

Contact for the Silent Night Museum

Stille-Nacht-Museum Mariapfarr
Pfarrstrasse 19
A - 5571 Mariapfarr

Telephone: +43 6473 20068

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