Ruprechtskirche - St Rupert's Church, Vienna

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    St. Rupert's church

    by Raimix Updated Nov 2, 2013

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    It is a church, like a nice present for the last day in Vienna. I found it very old and unique. It is different to other churches in Vienna - not so big, pompous, but very old one.

    It is said, that it can be the oldest church in Vienna, but it is still theme of negotiation. Probably it was built in 9th century, but later more or less modified (13th, 15th, 16th centuries). Anyway, it keeps the style of Romanesque and Gothic. There is interesting sarcophagus inside with relic of St. Vitalis.

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    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 14, 2013

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    Ruprechtkirche is a Romanesque church traditionally considered to be the oldest sacral object in the city of Vienna. But according to certain new debates it is not sure because discoveries and new excavations of old foundations under the St. Peterkirche and old graves under the Cathedral have disputed the certainly of this label.
    The church is dedicated to Saint Rupert of Salzburg, patron saint of the salt merchants of Vienna. The legend says Ruprechkirche was founded by Cunald and Gisarlich, companions of Ruprecht during hid occupation of the seat of Bishop of Salzburg. It could be probably that the church foundation dates between 796 and 829, but it cannot be proved by any written document. The first time church was mentioned in the document from 1200.
    During the Middle Ages, the church was the seat of Salzamt (the Salt Office). In its history the church was modified many times. Its present look is from 1622 when the church was redecorated in Baroque style. The interior, however, dates from the13th century (the choir). The oldest bells in Vienna, from 1280, are located in this church.

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    The oldest church in Vienna

    by Jefie Updated Jan 7, 2013

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    This church is widely believed to be the oldest one in the city. It is said to have been completed around 740 - though according to other sources it most likely dates back to the 11th century - and it's located in the oldest part of Vienna, which used to be a Roman campment. After the Romans vacated the area, the city grew around the former settlement. The church is dedicated to St. Rupert, patron saint of salt merchants (salt was an important market and valuable commodity at the time), and is home to the oldest bell in Vienna as well as the oldest stained glass windows. It survived through fires and wars but not without damage and although its ivy-covered walls haven't changed much, its interior had to be remodelled on several occasions so unfortunately, there isn't much left of the original Medieval design. I thought it was still worth taking a quick detour to look at the church, especially since it's just a short walk away from the old Jewish District and the area offers a nice view of the Danube Canal down below.

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    St Ruprecht's Church

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Vienna's oldest church, St. Ruprecht's was first constructed in the 1100s in the ancient Roman section of the city, and expanded numerous times over the centuries. It has the oldest stained glass in Vienna which is from the 1200s. The church was damaged during World War II, but repaired in 1949.

    The area around St Ruprecht's is one of Vienna's better nightlife spots.

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    St. Ruprecht church

    by gubbi1 Written Jun 20, 2010

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    The oldest walls of St. Ruprecht are dating back to the early 12th century. During a major fire in the inner city of Vienna, the church was changed into gothic style.

    Have a look a the windows! The middle window of the apsis is the oldest glas window of Vienna dating back to 1270!
    The crucifix is in the church since 1765. On the front column you will se a small figure of St. Ruprecht from the 14th century. Above the stairs you can see a picture made by Johann Georg Schmidt (around 1720).
    Something drawing attention is the sarcophagus of St. Vitalis, a martyr from the roman catacombs. He is dressed in baroque style. Some bones which are missing have been made out of wax. He remembers the people who were chased because of their origin, religion or beliefs.

    I liked the church as we were visiting the church in the evening when it was dark. It then has a very special athmosphere!

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    by leffe3 Written Nov 12, 2007
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    Vienna's oldest church, founded around 740 but the current building is Romanesque in style with two Gothic annexes. It is to be found in the oldest part of Vienna, part of the Roman district of Vindobona. After the destruction of Vindobona, the new city grew around the church and it was the seat of religious administration until it moved to Stephansdom in 1147. Much altered in history, the oldest bells in Vienna (c1280) are to be found here as are two stained glass windows (c1370). (picture is not one of these - image is one of three windows created for the church in 1992 by Lydia Roppolt).

    St Ruprecht himself worked as Bishop of Salzburg at the beginning of the 8th century and is the patron saint of salt transporters.

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    by TinKan Written Feb 13, 2003

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    St Ruprecht is the oldest church of Vienna and it was found in 740. The building is constructed with Roman stones and was first documented in 1161. The square tower of this romantic church was enlarged twice in 12th century. The original stone altar is still in the church. At the chorus-window there can be seen the oldest glass-paintings of Vienna. There is also a painting of Adam Braun from 1782 on the west wall.

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    St Ruprecht's

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 8, 2013

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    This is believed to be Vienna's oldest church possibly dating back as far as 800 AD. It is first mentioned in historical records in 1200.

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    St Rupert's Church

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 20, 2007

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    This is the oldest church in Vienna, having been founded in the year 740. It was shut when I was there so Im not sure if you can have a look around or not.

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