Peterskirche Church - St Peter Church, Vienna

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    ST. PETER'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated May 24, 2014

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    St. Peters is the second oldest church in Vienna, and is classified as one of Vienna's most beautiful and famous churches. It was another Church that looked cramped situated between the other tall buildings.
    Vienna's first Christian church, which happened to be a Roman church for the Roman camp was situated here. This was later replaced by a Romanesque church, then the one I was seeing today, that was built at the beginning of the 18th century.

    ENTRY IS FREE so I went inside only to find Mass was about to begin and that I couldn't have a look at the interior. Holy Mass has been celebrated daily at St. Peter's for 1600 years.
    All I saw, was from where I entered. Later I returned and saw the beautiful interior of this Church.
    If the same happens to you, do return to see the fresco in the dome, which depicts the coronation of the Virgin, many other frescoes, the gilded carved wood, and beautiful altarpieces. It really has a stunning baroque interior and shouldn't be missed!

    Opening hours of the Church
    Monday - Friday: 7-10pm
    Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 9 am-9 pm

    FREE ENTRY

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    St. Peter's Church

    by Odiseya Updated Feb 3, 2014

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    Peterskirche (English: St. Peter's Church) is a Baroque Roman Catholic parish church and one more church that is located on same named square. I like how is looks like is additional part of wider area because is very narrow. However the church was build from 1701 till 1733 when is consecrated. The exterior is well preserved, only green copper roof (one of its symbol) is measuring of its long present.
    There is no fee and it is open every day from 09:00 till 18:30.

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    St-Peterskirche - Best Baroque church of Vienna.

    by breughel Updated Nov 2, 2013

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    I must confess that on my visits of Vienna, churches were not "things to see" that made me jump of enthusiasm on the contrary of some monuments and especially the content of several museums.
    Probably that after visiting the churches of Krakow and more recently revisiting the churches of Rome I found that Wien capital of the Habsbourg Empire is under doing in the field of monumental churches. I wrote it already here; I'm not "begeistert" by the Stephansdom and the Karlskirche left me with perplexity.
    Consequently I was happy that I followed the excellent reviews of connoisseur Nicolaitan about the St-Peterskirche outside and inside. I did not regret my visit; this church is now also my favorite Vienna church.

    Actually this Baroque church (from 1708 by Lukas von Hildebrand) looks rather small from outside especially from the Graben passing at only 50 m from the front but she is harmonious. It's difficult to imagine that the original Roman church goes back to the 4th c. meaning that this is the most ancient church of Vienna.
    The Baroque interior has been renovated in 2001-04 so that it is shining gold, silver and bright colors everywhere.
    Fans of Bernini or Borromini might regret the Italian Baroque but for me in Wien it is my favorite church, what does not mean that the St-Peterskirche is top 1 of the Baroque style in my opinion. It is certainly an agreeable place where to sit down and look around detailing the various works of art.

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    St. Peter's church

    by Raimix Updated Oct 20, 2013
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    It is believed that this place is known for the first Vienna church in early middle ages. Anyway, it is still hard to prove. Church, that is seen now was built in 1701 - 1733 in rich Baroque style. It was the first domed structure in Baroque Vienna.

    Most of architecture was created by Italians. Style of church represents the one famous building in Vatican (St. Peter's Basilica).

    Church has lovely interior, full of frescoes. I visited it during mass time.

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    Beautiful church in the old city

    by Jefie Updated Jan 7, 2013

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    Although it is much more modest in size, the design of Vienna's St. Peter's Chuch was inspired by that of St. Peter's Balica at the Vatican. There's been a chuch on this site since the 12th century, but the current one was built at the beginning of the 18th century. It was the first construction in the city to feature a dome. The oval-shaped church is 50 m long and 20 m wide; it is therefore not the biggest church in Vienna but it's one of the most beautiful. Everywhere you look, from the richly carved pupit, to the magnificiently ornate high altar and side chapels to the frescoes painted on the dome, beauty catches the eye; some might find it crowded and rather overwhelming, I simply thought it was breathtaking! Since 1970, the church has become the official seat of the Opus Dei in Vienna.

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    Some spectacular works of art.

    by breughel Updated Jul 7, 2012

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    After sitting on the ornate pews (see detail on my photo) I looked around and my attention was caught by the pulpit of Matthias Steindl (1716) with its numerous gilded sculptures. The parapet shows the young Jesus teaching in the Temple of Jerusalem. On the sounding board is a representation of the Trinity. Somewhat excessive but one has to get used.
    On the right and opposite the pulpit is a spectacular and dramatic sculpture group in gold and silver by Lorenzo Mattielli (1729). I had seen this scene somewhere but didn't remember. Actually its depicts the martyr St. John Nepomuk being thrown off the Charles Bridge in Prague and is one of the well known statues standing on that bridge.

    Spectacular are also the reliquary shrines containing the bones of two martyrs found in the Roman catacombs and brought to Vienna in 1733 by a cardinal and clothed like usual at that time.

    If you turn towards the back of the church you will see a very beautiful Baroque organ.
    There are often organ concerts in the evening. They are mostly free but it is usual to leave a gift for the restoration of organ and church.

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    Peterskirche

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 19, 2011

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    Peterskirche is considered to be the second most significant Baroque church in Vienna, after the Karlskirche. Fact that Peterskirche erected on the site of an early medieval church might make it the oldest in Vienna. The church was founded by Emperor Karl the Great (Charlemagne) in 800, the year of his coronation. However, it is pretty doubtful bacause the first written record of the church dates back to 1137. At the end of the 12th century the Peterskirche became the property of the Schottenstift monastery.
    The nave of the medieval church was oriented towards South and it is longstanding argument among archaeologists because all other churches in Europe are oriented essentially towards East. The possible explanation could be that the church originally wasnt built to be a sacral building, and was adapted later on to became a church.
    The church was burnt down in 1661 and new current building started in 1701, finished by 1722. Peterskirche become the first church with a central cupola in Vienna.

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    St. Peter`s church (Peterskirche)

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jul 1, 2011

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    The Peterskirche - located in a sidestreet of the "Graben", close to the pestilence monument - stands of the grounds of the oldest church in Vienna. It is said that a roman church from the 4th or 5th century already stood here. The Peterskirche itself was mentioned first in 1137, but in its current form, built in 1701. The colourful cupola paintings are a feast for the eyes.

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    Vienna - suggestions

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jun 30, 2011

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    Ringstrasse view

    To fully take in all the sights without a rush, one would need a week here at least. Wien cannot be appreciated in a daytrip in my opinion. Among the most interesting sights (the list is not complete by far) are

    - the Schönbrunn Palace (including the historic zoo)
    - the Belvedere Palace (including the art collections)
    - the Hofburg (Imperial Palace, with several museums)
    - the Ringstrasse (with many major sights along this boulevard, i.e. Parliament, Burgtheater)
    - the Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum)
    - the Stephansdom (cathedral)
    - churches: Karlskirche, St. Michael, Dominikanerkirche, Jesuitenkirche, Peterskirche
    - at least one Opera or Ballet performance
    - a visit to a typical Kaffeehaus (Cafe Sperl for example)
    - Hundertwasser House
    - Secession Building (art noveau)
    - the Prater theme park

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    See the Baroque Peterskirche

    by BillNJ Updated Nov 28, 2010

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    The Baroque Peterskirche (St. Peter's Church) is a church with a long and interesting history. Some believe that it was established by Charlemagne around 800 A.D., although there is no evidence supporting this view. The construction of the existing Baroque church on the site began in 1701 -- and the church was consecrated in 1733.

    Peterskirche is located on Petersplatz in Vienna's 1st district, right next to Graben and just west of the Pestsäule. The Peterskirche is largely obscured by the surrounding buildings, and can only be seen clearly from directly in front.

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    Church St. Peter

    by gubbi1 Updated Jun 19, 2010

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    The church St. Peter was built in 1701 to 1733 after the plans of Lukas von Hildebrand. At the place of this church the first church of Vienna was standing since the 4th century. The cupola of the church has a height of 56.8 meters. The church is a beautiful baroque styled building.

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    Peterskirche/St. Peter's Church

    by Redang Updated Apr 6, 2010

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    The oldest church building (of which nothing remains today) dates back to the Early Middle Ages, and it is thought that this is the okdest church in Vienna.

    The construction of the new church, in Baroque style was begun around 1.701. Almost finished by 1.703, in 1.733 was finally consecrated to the Holy Trinity.

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    St. Peter's Church - Interior

    by nicolaitan Updated Mar 21, 2010

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    The relatively unadorned exterior does not prepare one for the Baroque overkill of this church's interior. Against a background of marble and golden stucco, remarkable statues and frescoes fill the main chamber as well as 6 side chapels. The rich color of the paintings has been recently restored.
    The high altar was designed and constructed in Bologna by Martino Altamonte and others depicting the Healing of the Lame by St. Peter and St. John in Jerusalem ( image 5 ). Above the high altar is a 19thC painting of the Immaculate Conception by Kupelwieser. In the dome, which is not well lit and difficult to see and photograph is a Johann Rottmayr fresco of The Assumption of Our Lady.

    To either side of the main aisle before the high altar ( image 1 ) are two of the church's most revered possessions. On the left is an ornate gilded pulpit ( image 4 ) by Matthias Steinl (1726) who also designed the dome of the church. The canopy represents the Holy Trinity.
    Opposite is a massive and gaudy gold and silver depiction of the martyrdom of St. John Nepemunk ( image 2 ), also one of the best known statues on the Charles Bridge in Prague ( the full story of the legend of St. John is in my Prague pages on statues of the bridge ). It was sculpted by Lorenzo Mattieli. Just above is a figure of Mary.
    Adjacent side chapels ( image 3 ) contain the remains of martyrs dressed in 17thC period clothing and visible in glass cases. For those who might be interested. Rich restored paintings range from the Holy Family to St. Michael overlooking the memorialized martyrs.

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    St. Peter's Church - History, Exterior

    by nicolaitan Written Mar 21, 2010

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    My favorite Vienna church is the St. Peter's, located just off and visible only from the Graben near the Pestsaule monument. The relatively small and simple facade masks a large ovoid interior lavishly fitted out - the most ornate Baroque church in Vienna.

    A church is believed to have occupied this site as early as the 4th C and legend has Charlemagne replacing the original with a Romanesque church around 800 AD. After several other reincarnations, the modern day building was begun by Emperor Leopold I in thanks for deliverance from the plague in 1679-80. Under the direction of Gabriele Montani and then the ubiquitous Johann von Hildebrandt construction lasted 20 years from 1703-22. It was the first domed church in Vienna. St. Peter's in Rome was used as a model.

    The exterior is simple but striking, pale yellow and white with towers that turn inward and turrets created to resemble tents used by the Turkish army. Statue-filled niches feature important saints. To the right facing the facade is a representation of Charlemagne directing the building of the church, unfortunately on the wrong side of the building for most tourists.

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    St Peterskirche....Don't miss it!

    by Maryimelda Updated Jan 12, 2010

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    The original church dates back to the Middle Ages but nothing is left of that building today. The present baroque building was built in the 18th century and is mind boggling in its ornateness. It's the one with the green dome which is tucked away in a lane way off Graben.
    In 1970 the church was handed over to the Opus Dei movement.
    If you only visit one church in all of Vienna, make sure this is the one you choose.

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