Peterskirche Church - St Peter Church, Vienna

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    St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

    by easterntrekker Written Sep 8, 2008

    St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche) dates back to 1702 .It is a fine example of Baroque architecture. Peterskirche is the most theatrical and lavishly decorated Baroque church in Vienna. It satnds on a church foundation dating back to the Roman times.

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    by verliebtinwien Written May 21, 2008

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    It really depends on your teens' interests but generally the following should be well received (just pick and choose):

    Preparation: For kids a trip is usually more interesting if they know a bit in advance. If you haven't seen The Third Man I recommend that you either rent the DVD or watch it at Burg Kino sometime during your stay. Another way of preparing the teens is to watch Before Sunrise together.

    General tip: Make sure you get enough time to walk around in 1st district and take tram 1 or 2 along the Ringstrasse to get a glimpse of Vienna's most important sites and to orient yourselves.

    Prater - the ferris wheel plus other attractions and then a stroll or a bike ride in the park. (Bikes can be rented from www.pedalpower.at) If you get hungry, buy sausages from the stands. I wouldn't go to the restaurants in Prater.

    Concerts - classical if the teens can stand it, for example in Konzerthaus or Musikverein or even the Opera. One of the "musts". Otherwise, Vienna is great for jazz as well, for example at Tunel in Florianigasse in 8th district, Miles Smiles in Lange Gasse in 8th district or Porgy and Bess in Riemergasse in 1st district.

    Museums - there are loads of museums and they are all great. Some of the most popular ones are the museums in Museum quarter (for example Leopold Museum), which also has several great cafes. The Museum of Art History and The Museum of Natural History are also fantastic, as are the building themselves. Albertina also has some fabulous exhibitions. Another place for art would be Belvedere, which is also a castle surrounded by a park. Honestly not my favourite but popular among tourists. There are some weird museums too, for example the Funeral Museum in Goldeggasse in 4th district and Narrenturm, the Pathology Museum in 9th district (Campus) (limited opening hours, see http://www.narrenturm.at/). Many younger people find the Hundertwasser builiding Kunsthaus Wien interesting, in 3rd district. Can be combined with Prater. Funny cafe inside. The impressive Hofburg is also worth seeing, at least from the outside. I personally find the Prunksaal at the National Library (part of the complex) stunning.

    Schönbrunn Palace - I haven't been inside the castle, it is apparently stunning. The building and park are simply overwhelming. Take a stroll in the park, bring along nuts and feed the squirrels. Can be combined with a visit to the Zoo and the carriage museum.

    Memorials - there are plenty of them. Many great artists and intellectuals were born, lived and died in Vienna (such as Mozart, Beethoven, Klimt etc.)

    Cafes - you won't be able to visit all the cafes worth visiting. Try out the very best - for coffee, cakes or even lunch/dinner: Cafe Hawelka, Cafe Prückel, Demel (amazing cakes), Cafe Eiles, Cafe Central, Cafe Sperl etc. (you can generally trust the guidebook's recommendation) - or something "younger"; Phil in Gumpendorferstrasse in 6th distict, which is a shop and cafe.

    Churches - the must-see is Stephansdom but Peterskirche and Karlskirche are also beautiful. An interesting option is Michaelerkirche (near Hofburg) with mumified bodies from 18th century in the basement.

    Markets - Naschmarkt between 4th and 6th district with food stalls and restaurants. (I guess you teens will like the coffee place called Mocca Club too). On Saturdays there is a flea market too.

    For some fresh air, take for example tram 38 to 19th district and walk around in Grinzing. A bus trip to Leopoldsberg (bus 38A), lunch at the restaurant and then a walk down along the vineyards is also a classic. Other outdoor activities are inlineskating or bikeriding on Donauinsel (U1 station Donauinsel). There are also several wonderful churchyards, for example Zentralfriedhof which is huge - tram line 71 from Schwarzenbergplatz, or Hietzinger Friedhof near Schönbrunn or Döblinger Friedhof which can be combined with a walk in the lovely Türkenschanzpark and a visit to the charming Cafe Salettl, beautiful view from there.

    Have fun!

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    Peterskirche

    by pure1942 Written Apr 23, 2008

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    The Peterskirche is located close to St. Stephen's Cathedral in the Stephansdom Quarter. The present day church was built in the 18th century and replaces an earlier church buildings dating as far back as the 12th century.
    The church is modelled on St. Peters in Rome and was designed by Gabriele Montani. Inside the interior is full of ornate and beautiful features including the pulpit by Matthias Steindl, dome frescos by Rottmayr.
    Any one who has visited Prague and touched the bronze relief of St. John Nepomuk, will be interested in seeing the sculpture of the St. John inside the church. The sculpture was created by Lorenzo Mattielli in 1729.

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    St.Peter's Church

    by Vanity666 Written Aug 13, 2007

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    he construction of the new Baroque church was begun around 1701 under Gabriele Montani, who was replaced by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt in 1703. The design was inspired by the St. Peter's Basilica of the Vatican in Rome. By 1722, most of the building was finished, and in 1733, the Peterskirche was finally consecrated to the Holy Trinity. The new church was the first domed structure in baroque Vienna. Due to the confinement of available space, it was built in a very compact form, with its oval interior housing an astonishing amount of space and rectangular attachments. The church makes an overwhelming impression on the visitor with its surprisingly rich interior filled with golden stucco.

    The Baroque high altar was created by Antonio Galli Bibiena and his Bolognese workshop (construction) and Martino Altomonte (1657-1745) (altarpiece). The altarpiece portrays the Healing of the Lame by St. Peter and St. John in Jerusalem. The same artist also painted the altarpiece in the side chapel of the Holy Family. The small painting of the Immaculate Conception above the high altar is by the 19th century artist Kupelwieser. The shrines in the side chapels of the Holy Family and St. Michael contain martyrs from Roman catacombs, donated by Cardinal Kollonitz in 1733. They were put on clothes from this period and placed in the glass coffins.

    Over the years, the paintings had become darker, and the interior began to take on a grey appearance. From 1998 to 2004, the church underwent a renovation, which returned the paintings to their original rich colouring and brightness.

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    Peterskirche

    by rcsparty Written Oct 26, 2006

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    Peterskirche was built on the site of another church dating from the Roman times. This church was started in the early 18th century. The front portal was added in 1752, and the interior of the church is beautiful.

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    by filipdebont Written May 25, 2006

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    Day 4 : Stephansdom area

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    bedankt voor uw bezoek en tot nog eens.

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    Thanks for your visit and you are welcome to revisit later on

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    Peterskirche **

    by filipdebont Written May 25, 2006

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    Day 4 : Stephansdom area

    Enkel de foto werd gepost, in afwachting van de informatie, deze informatie komt wat later.

    bedankt voor uw bezoek en tot nog eens.

    I have just posted the photograph, the text with more information will follow later on

    Thanks for your visit and you are welcome to revisit later on

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    Peterskirche

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jan 4, 2005

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    The church of S. Peter, situate on one small recess on the northern side of the Graben, adorned from the baroque facade of the Pfarrhaus, attributed to G. Montani (1697-98). This church is one of the most meant examples of religious baroque architecture of lnnere Stadt, it is of ancient origin - it is said founded from Carl Magno in the 792 - but was rifared completely in baroque shapes in 1703-15 on design of Gabriel Montani and J.L. von Hildebrand. To these the nice concave facade, tightened between two bell towers, and the
    majestic cupola that surpasses it; the protiro to canopy was designed by T. Altomonte (1753); on the back of the church there are statues of S. Peter and the archangel Michael work of L. Mattielli (1730).

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  • Peterskirche

    by grkboiler Written Nov 3, 2004

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    Peterskirche

    Walking down Graben away from Stephansplatz, shortly after passing the Pestsaule, if you look to your right, you will see Peterskirche. This church, modeled after St. Peter's in Rome, was started in the 18th century.

    Definitely walk inside. The interior is amazing to see. It is open 7 AM to 6 PM daily.

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    Peterskirche

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 17, 2004

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    Right off of Graben, in a small little nook, lies the Petersplatz. The defining, and only piece of architecture in the square is the Peterskirche. Believed to be built on the site of a church built in 792 by Charlemagne, this church was built in 1708. The defining thing about this church was the doorway, being fabulously detailed. Otherwise, the church seemed kind of bland when compared to the other great churches of Vienna.

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    Peterskirche

    by Sharrie Updated Dec 22, 2003
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    This church situated very near to Hofburg & faces Graben looks quite ordinary compared to the other churches in Vienna. However, its interior is lavishly decorated with frescoes & sculpture. It's well worth a trip if you are in its vicinity.

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    Peterskirche - The Church of St. Peter

    by Skipka Updated Nov 5, 2003

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    It is a true copy of the Church in Rome and there is hypotesis that before this church there was another one from late Roman period around 792 AC established by King Carl The Great but first written claims are just from year 1137. In 18CT the church got its recent look and it is a work of Gabriel Montani and Lukas von Hildebrandt.
    Empress Elizabeth often spent there hours praying alone.

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    ST PETERS CHURCH

    by mel_bee Updated Jul 23, 2003

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    This is third church built on this site, the first in the 12th century on the side of a Roman barracks, the second was built during the middle ages which burned down and the third was finished in the early years of the 18th century. The church is dedicated to St. Peter and the holy trinity. It is very similar to St. Nicholas church in Prague and I have always been fascinated by the skeletons in the glass panels inside.

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    Peterskirche

    by OrlandoBR Written Nov 25, 2002

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    A round church, who knew?

    While strolling along the Graben, the beautiful Peterskirche will jump at your sight at some point - it was the first round church I saw in my life. It's an early 18th century church with an oval interior, small in comparison to most other churches, but definetly worth a stopover.

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    Peterskirche

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 8, 2013

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    This is one of Vienna's finest examples of Baroque Architecture. The current structure was constructed starting in 1701, however legend has it that a church has existed here since Charlemagne.

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