St. Rupert originally founded St. Peter's Abbey in 696 AD. The present building was constructed in the Romanesque period. As I entered the Church, I passed through a beautiful porch with Romanesque vaulted arches from the original structure, built in the 12th century.
A FAN OF MOZART..... You may know that Mozart's famed Great Mass in C Minor premiered here in 1783, with his wife singing the lead soprano roll, and Wolfgang directing the orchestra and choir. During every season of the city's summer music festival in August, there is aspecial church-music concert.
I THINK IF YOU SEE ONE CHURCH IN SALZBURG, THEN IS SHOULD BE THIS ONE.
CHURCH IS OPEN....
Daily 8 am-noon and 2:30 pm-6:30 pm
No visits during mass!
Once I stepped inside this Church and saw before my eyes the beauty on the walls, floors, ceilings and pieces in the Church, it became another one of those "wow" moments for me!
It was built in Romanesque style, but during the 17th & 18th centuries, complety renovated in Baroque style, even though some Romanesque architecture can still be seen inside.
I doubt you will be disappointed when viewing this late-Baroque style of the 1770s.
The Church has many large paintings adorning the walls, a large number of beautiful Altar's in Rococo design,and the Salzburg Madonna in the left chancel is from the early 15th century.
Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich donated the two gigantic Renaissance candlesticks of bronze dating back to 1609. The side aisles are painted in Rococo style, and behind the Rupert altar is the Felsengrab, where St. Rupert is believed to be buried.
There is much more, you will just have to come and see for yourself!
St.Peter's Cemetery is one of the oldest and most beautiful cemeteries in the world.
It is the final resting place for a number of famous personalities, artists, scholars and businessmen: Sanction Solaria (architect and builder of Salzburg Cathedral), Mannerly Mozart (Mozart's sister), Lorenz Hagen Auer (the Mozart family's landlord and friend), Michael Haydn (composer and Joseph Haydn's younger brother), Paul Hofhaimer (organist and composer), Sigmund Haffner (alderman and mayor, friend of the Mozart family, Haffner Serenade and Haffner Symphony by Mozart), Richard Mayr (opera singer, first "Ochs von Lerchenau" in the Salzburg Festival's Rosenkavalier), Harry Collins (last commander of the American occupying forces who later lived in Salzburg, one of the city's honorary citizens).
summer 6:30 am-7 pm
winter 6:30 am-5:30 pm
Events at St. Peter's Monastery:
The Baroque Hall in St. Peter's Monastery Cellar and the Romanesque Hall are used regularly for concerts such as the "Mozart Dinner Concert" and the "Mozart Piano Sonatas".
St. Peter's Monastery had the Long Gallery renovated from 2001 to 2009. The gallery can now be accessed by the public through the Cathedral Museum 17 of the Monastery's large-size, religious paintings are on display.
The neighbourhood around the Benedictine St. Peter′s Abbey is the oldest quarter of Salzburg. The main entrance of the abbey faces the southern side-entrance to the Franziskanerkirche. St. Peter is the oldest monastery in the German-speaking world; some say the oldest continuously active monastery North of the Alps. In any case, St. Peter was formally re-vived by St. Rupert in 696.
The church of St. Peter′s Abbey is high-Romanesque and dates back to the time of the monastery's foundation. However, it was decorated with Baroque elements in the early 17th century under Abbot Beda Seeauer. It is one of the many buildings in Salzburg that contains elements from Romanesque to Rococo Style.
The first church on this site was probably built shortly after the death of St. Rupert, but only the ground floor of the Western tower remains from this building. After the fire of 1127, the current basilica was built under Abbot Balderich around 1130.
Spread throughout the Abbey are a number of beautiful scupltures, statues, paintings and other such treasures that deserve a close look as well. Many of them are of Marian influence. These include the Salzburg Madonna, Our Lady of Fatima and of course the heart wrenching Pieta, which is featured in one of the many beautiful side altars in the church.
At the direction of Abbot Beda Seeauer, the Abbey was refurbished in the late Baroque style between 1760 and 1782 by Johann Hoegler, Benedikt Zoepf, Lorenz Haermbler and Franz Xaver Koenig. Here you see the side walls which have been completely painted in the Rococco style. To the right of the picture you can see the pipes of the organ which was played frequently by Mozart himself.
The High Altar is also known as the "Rupert Altar" as it contains the famous "Felsengrab" or rock tomb of St Rupert. It is the work of Martin Johann Schmidt. The statue of St Rupert holding the salt bucket with which he is always depicted, was the work of Franz Hindl in the late 1700's. St Rupert is said to have actively encouraged the establishment of salt mining in Salzburg in the 7th century.
Expect a stiff neck when you finally straighten up after studying this ceiling. This is a baroque masterpiece that will take your breath away. Study it carefully from the front door to the dome above the High Altar and over the side aisles as well. it is mind-blwong in its almost transparent beauty.
Of all the beautiful churches to be found in Salzburg, I must admit that St Peter's is my favourite without question. This can be attributed in part to the fact that the Abbey is the principal building of a wonderful complex which is also home to the Graveyard, the Monastery, the Courtyard/Square and of course, my favourite restaurant in Europe, St Peterskift Keller, where traditional Austria food has been served for about 1,000 years. A visit to the gift shop is also a must when visiting the complex.
St Peter’s Abbey Church was built in 1130-1143 replacing the burned Romanesque church. In the 17th and 18th centuries the façade was redesigned and the cupola and the onion shaped tower were added.
In front of the church stands the hexagonal fountain, once used for fish.
To the right, next to the church, the oldest Christian cemetery in Salzburg is located. Here the composer Michael Haydn and the Cathedral architect Santino Solari are buried.
This is a magnificent building whose history can be traced back as far as the 7th century. The church you see today has evolved over many centuries and incorporates Romanesque, Gothic and Early Baroque architecture. The history of this fabulous building needs to be read at length and can be found in any number of books in several different languages, when visiting Salzburg. In the same Abbey copmplex you will find the cemetery of St Peter and the wonderful Restaurant St Peters Stiftskeller.
The oldest Catholic church in Austria is also the most ornate and features the finest artwork. The first church on this site dates to 696AD, founded as an abbey by St. Rupert to whom the Salzburg Cathedral is dedicated. St. Rupert, the bishop of Worms, was dispatched by the Bavarian ruler to bring catholicism to the region which was occupied by local Gothic tribes living amongst Roman ruins. The building would be reconstructed and redecorated many times over the centuries, some renovations voluntary and others due to fire (1157). The relatively simple Romanesque exterior with arches was built around 1250 but the beautiful rococo interior and most of the art and altar pieces are 18th C. in orgin and reflect the tastes of an art-infatuated abbott Beda Seeauer.
The ornate marble high altar features an altarpiece by Martin Johann Schmidt depicting the Intercession of Sts. Peter and Benedict before the Virgin as well as several renowned side paintings. The remains of St. Rupert are said to be contained in a niche cut into rock behind the altar. Note also the exquisite stucco decorations and the ceiling frescoes also dating from this period by artists I have never heard of but obviously skilled. St. Peter's is a beautiful church, the prettiest we saw in Salzburg, and well worth a visit.
Mozart was closely associated with St. Peter's Abbey and debuted several compositions here including a mass in 1783 sung by his wife Constanze. His sister is buried in the famed cemetery behind the church, a site depicted in the "Sound of Music" movie.
Another church that is a must to visit in Salzburg is the Abbey Church of St. Peter. It was founded in 696 AD by St. Rupert, whose rock-hewn tomb can be found in the third chapel behind the altar
Originally a Romanesque basilica restored in the 17th and 18th centuries in a Baroque style. The front portal, dating from 1245, survives from the original basilica.
At one time Mozart himself played here. It was in fact s where Mozart first preformed his Mass in C Minor in 1783, with his wife, singing the lead soprano role. During every season of the city's summer music festival in August the Mass in C Minor is performed here during a special church music concert.
The church is richly adorned with art treasures, including some altar paintings by Kremser Schmidt.
This is part of the complex of the Monastery of St Peter and St Peter’s cemetery. The latter is the oldest in Salzburg and the elaborate graves are the last resting place of many of Salzburg’s noblest families. The late Baroque transformation of the church was carried out under Abbot Beda Seeauer (1753 – 86). Almost all the altar paintings are by Martin Johann Schmidt (of Krems).
We were fortunate on the day we visited, there was a special memorial service due to take place and the church was decorated, on every altar, with white Christmas Roses - which usually flower in February - and pots of fragrant herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage. They made a very handsome, grand Baroque church, very human and touching.