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    INSIDE SALZBURG CATHEDRAL

    by balhannah Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    On entering the Cathedral, I couldn't help but notice the height of the ceilings, they were so high and were painted with baroque murals and were surrounded by impressive stucco work. The interior colour is sepia and white, I thought a little drab looking, but still the inside was very nice!

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptised here, and you can see the Font, also the majestic main organ, surrounded by angels playing instruments and crowned by Rupert and Virgil.
    I enjoyed my wander around the inside of this magnificent Cathedral.

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    Guided tours free of charge on request
    No visit during masses.

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    Salzburg Dom

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 8, 2013

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    A cathedral has been on this site since 774 with the latest carnation rebuilt after WWII on the basis of the 1665 version of the building which is the basis for the architecture and style of today's cathedral.

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    Dom cathedral

    by mallyak Updated Sep 19, 2012

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    Salzburg's DOM Cathedral is probably the city's most significant piece of church architecture and its ecclesiastical center. With its magnificent façade and mighty dome it represents the most impressive early Baroque edifice north of the Alps. Its origin is closely connected to the ecclesiastical principality's demeanour and growth. Destroyed by fire and rebuilt, enlarged and expanded, it bears witness to the power and independence of Salzburg's archbishops.

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    IMMACULATE COLUMN

    by balhannah Written Aug 11, 2012

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    Located infront of the Cathedral in the Domplatz, is the lovely Immaculate Column, made similar to ones in Vienna and Munich.
    Made out of marble and cast iron, the statue of the Virgin Mary is surrounded by allegoric figures on four sides. Some of these are rather mean looking, and I guess they are, as one is the Devil, then an Angel, Truth (Wisdom) and the Church.

    What does all of this mean?.....The mystery of the Immaculate Conception was so great that the Devil growled in envy, the Angels were delighted, human wisdom vanished, and there was rejoicing in the Church.
    It's another beautiful, interesting fountain in Salzburg

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    SALZBURG CATHEDRAL - THE OUTSIDE

    by balhannah Updated Aug 11, 2012

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    I first saw Salzburg's Cathedral from the side and I couldn't help but admire the size of the building, and at the same time thinking it was rather plain!
    When I walked around the front, the sight was different altogether. The architecture and the many statues made it a magnificent facade finished off by a mighty Dome.

    Destroyed by fire and rebuilt, enlarged and expanded, it bears witness to the power and independence of Salzburg's archbishops.
    The first cathedral was built on this site in 774, only to be destroyed by a city fire in 1167. It was rebuilt, more beautiful, more magnificent and more impressive than ever, making it the mightiest Romaneque cathedral north of the Alps. Fire & war in future years destroyed parts of the Cathedral again.

    Entrance to the Cathedral is through 3 gates. Look above as you pass through, and there you will seen written in gold, the dates of the three consecrations... "774", "1628" and "1959".
    The four statues standing just infront of the gates are of apostles Peter and Paul with keys and sword as well as the two patron saints Rupert and Virgil with a salt box and a model of the church. The two escutcheons on the gable ornament refer to the two church builders, Markus Sittikus and Paris Lodron.

    Wow! Now time to enter the Cathedral!

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    Salzburg's Cathedral

    by kris-t Written May 17, 2012

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    Salzburg's Cathedral is absolutely stunning.
    With its magnificent facade and mighty dome it represents the most impressive early Baroque edifice north of the Alps. It is the center of the Salzburg in every meaning.

    'Among the precious objects to be found in Salzburg's Cathedral are the baptismal font in which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized, the majestic main organ, surrounded by angels playing instruments and crowned by Rupert and Virgil, as well as the magnificent Cathedral portals made by Scheider-Manzell, Mataré and Manzú. In his capacity as the court organist and concert master, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed numerous undying works of sacred music for Salzburg.'

    January, February, November:
    Monday-Saturday 8am - 5pm, Sunday & holiday 1pm - 5pm

    March, April, October, December:
    Mon-Sat 8am - 6pm, Sunday & holiday 1pm - 6pm

    May-September:
    Mon-Sat 8am - 7pm, Sunday & holiday 1pm - 7pm

    Guided tours free of charge on request.

    No visit during masses.

    Entrance free, donation required.

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    Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom)

    by black_mimi99 Updated May 2, 2012

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    This huge Baroque church or Dom, finished in 1628, was was made to replace the previous church called Virgil Dom that had stood here since 774 until it was burned down in 1598. It is actually quite a miracle that the new church was built at all as most of Austria was caught up in Europe's 30 Years' War which pitted Catholics against Protestants. While other cities and countries were in the middle of this turmoil, Salzburg was able to rely on its rich salt production to have enough money to remain independent and stay clear of picking a side in war. Because of their independence, Salzburg was able to build this grand church while most other cities had to scale back on their building projects.
    In this cathedral we can see inspiring statues of biblical figures such as Jesus, Moses, Elijah, Peter and Paul, as well as the authors of the four Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Mozart was baptized here in 1756.

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    Salzburg Cathedral

    by slothtraveller Written Apr 24, 2012

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    The Dom zu Salzburg is interesting place both inside and out.
    At the entrance to the cathedral, there are four statues. These are of the apostles St Paul and St Peter and also the patron saints Virgil and Rupert. The green dome of the cathedral is an notable part of the Salzburg skyline and you get great views of the cathedral from Hohensalzburg Fortress, high above the city.
    Inside the cathedral, classical music fans can see the font where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptised in 1756. The most striking features of the interior in my opinion are the painted ceiling panels that illustrate the life of Christ and other Biblical scenes. The view looking up into the cathedral dome from below is a sight to remember.
    Although entry is technically free, there are people at the doors who collect donations and most visitors give something.
    Between May and September, the cathedral is open daily from 8am-7pm except Sundays and holidays (1pm-7pm). In other months, the cathedral closes an hour or two earlier.

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    Dom zu Salzburg-High Altar

    by Maryimelda Updated Mar 26, 2011

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    Central to the Dom is the High Altar built in 1628 and designed by Santino Solari. It features the resurrection of Christ as painted by Pietro Mascagni. High above the altar are the statues of the patrons of the Dom, St Rupert and St Virgil.

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    Domplatz and Marienstatue

    by June.b Written Jun 17, 2010

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    The Cathedral Square is located in the old city right below the Hohensalzburg. Cathedral Square is bordered by the Cathedral, the archiepiscopal Residence and the convent tract of St. Peter's Monastery.

    The center of attraction of the square is the statue of the Virgin Mary (Immaculate Conception) with angels on its sides, one hitting a devil with a thunder bolt, a beautiful and quite interesting monument if I may say.

    Get inside the church, it has a nice interior.

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    The majestic edifice

    by viddra Updated May 1, 2010

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    The majestic Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) is in fact the third church construction built on the same site. The first one was built in 767-774 under Bishop Virgil. It was replaced in the 12th century with a Romanesque basilica. After the fire in 1598 Archbishop Wolf Dietrich had the cathedral torn down. The construction of today’s cathedral began in 1614, following the plans of the Italian court architect Santino Solari.

    In front of the entrance portals you can see the statues of patron saints Rupert and Virgil (on the outside) and of the apostles Peter and Paul (on the inside). Up the façade, there are four evangelists and on the gable, the prophets Moses and Elijah, with Christ standing on the top.

    You can enter the Cathedral through three bronze portals with the symbols of faith, love and hope. They were built in 1958.

    The ceiling frescoes, painted by Arsenio Mascagni and Ignazio Solari, show the scenes of Christ’s life, suffering and resurrection.

    The frescoes of the 71m high octagonal cupola show the scenes from the Old Testament.

    Beneath the crossing of the nave and transept, you can enter the crypts built in 1959 on the remains of the earlier cathedral. The Salzburg Archbishops are buried here.

    In the first chapel on the left, there is the baptismal font resting on bronze lions. It was cast in 1321, but the cover was newly designed in 1959.

    More inside pictures on my Travelogue page.

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    Salzburg Cathedral - Exterior

    by nicolaitan Written Dec 25, 2009

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    The elegant three level marble facade of the Salzburg Dom is most interesting and worth attention, flanked by two small domes and with the massive dome over 200 ft. in height in the background, all covered in weathered bronze. The smaller towers contain seven bells of the original nine, with the others lost during WWII. The lowest of the three levels of the facade is the entranceway, with four marble statues. Centrally are St. Peter holding keys and St. Paul holding a sword. To the far right St. Rupert holds a salt barrel ( this is after all Salzburg ) and to the far left St Virgil holds a church. All these statues date to the late 17thC. The entranceway to the cathedral is through three bronze doors placed in 1957-8 celebrating the three divine virtues of faith, love, and hope.

    On the second level, the four evangelists and authors of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are depicted in marble. Over the windows appear the lion and ibex, taken from the coat of arms of Markus Sittkus and Paris Lodron. On top of the windows are the two angels holding the golden crown for the Mariensaulle in the center of the Domplatz. The uppermost level Moses holds the ten commandments and Christ the Savior is flanked by Elias, believed to be John the Baptist.

    The Salzburg Cathedral is regarded as one of the greatest Renaissance buildings in Central Europe. The remarkable features of the facade and the great domes support that appraisal - a truly striking building and a highlight of a visit to Salzburg.

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    Salzburg Cathedral

    by nicolaitan Written Dec 25, 2009

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    The site of the Salzburg Dom has been sacred since Celtic and Roman times. The first cathedral was constructed between 766-74 by St Virgil, probably on the foundations of an earlier church by St. Rupert. Between that time and 1598 it would be variably damaged by fire eight times. In 1598, the tyrannical Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau ordered the remains to be totally demolished and with the aid of an Italian architect created plans for a massive cathedral seating 16000 built in the Italian style, both for his own megalomania and to demonstrate solidarity with the Papacy. His overthrow and imprisonment in 1612 for pursuing a failed war against Bavaria halted this construction, and the cathedral we see today is largely the legacy of his successor Markus Sittkus and another less ambitious Italian architect. Sittkus would die before completion, and the final work and 1628 consecration were by Paris Lodron, the next prince. The towers were not completed for another 30 years. Further renovations followed an 1859 fire with some tempering of the architectural excesses. Damage from WWII was repaired through 1959 with rebuilding of the great dome.

    The cathedral has a capacity of over 10000. The interior is decorated with marble columns, frescoes, and gold leaf set against a simple but somewhat unique stucco background - vertical white stripes accented with dark lines. The great dome is covered with depictions of the life of Jesus by the Florentine Mascagni. The images are currently the possesion of a Viennese thief, not that I am going to dwell on the thieving miscreant. Five organs, including one with 4000 pipes, constitute the greatest organ-power of any church in Europe, used simultaneously on religious celebrations. Mozart was baptized in a still-existing font in the Salzburg Dom and would serve as organist here for several years and write several compositions first performed here. With time which we did not have, one can also visit an art museum and explore the ruins of the early Roman temple at this site.

    The main altar is also by Mascagni and depicts the resurrection of Christ with statues of St. Virgil and St. Rupert ( to whom the cathedral is dedicated by name).

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    Dom zu Salzburg

    by Maryimelda Written Oct 28, 2009

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    The cathedral is dedicated to St Rupert and St Virgil and is recognised as one of the treasures of sacred building art in the German speaking area. The cathedral was first consecrated in 774 by The Abbot and Bishop Virgil, who came from Ireland. The old building was destroyed by fire and Archbishop Markus Sittikus began the building of the new cathedral, which was consecrated by Archbishop Paris Lodron in September, 1628. An aerial bomb destroyed the cathedral dome in 1944. Archbishop Andreas Rohracher directed rebuilding during the difficult post war period. The Dom was reopened on May 1, 1959. It is nothing short of stunning and a joy to visit.

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    Dom Church -the Rear

    by BruceDunning Updated Aug 18, 2009

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    This is an area that is worth one trip. The architecture is nice and the walk refreshing around the structure besides going inside. The Dom as a church of some type stood here since the first in 774. Fires and age caused it to be replaced in 1200 and again in 1600's. Today, remnants of some of the old remains, but some other is rebuilt.

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