Mozartplatz

This small square is one of the prettiest in Salzburg, with its statue of Mozart, the row of houses (No 5 is the main tourist office for the city) and even an ice rink at Christmas.

Mozartplatz was born as Michaelplatz in 1588 when Wolf Dietrich ordered that several houses in the area be demolished to make way for a square, heralding the ‘piazzafication’ of Salzburg.

The idea for the Mozart statue was first floated around 1835, but the city just didn’t have the funds at the time. With significant contributions from international benefactors, including King Ludwig 1st of Bavaria (a big fan of Mozart), the project was realised several yars later.

The original unveiling had been scheduled for 1841, but was delayed after a Roman mosaic was found under the baroque fountain which was making way for the Mozart statue. It was decided not to allow the mosaic to prevent the installation of the monument and part of the mosaic is still visible beside the base of the statue.

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The monument was finally unveiled in September 1842 with both of Mozart’s sons present. Unfortunately, Mozart’s widow, Constanze, had died several months earlier in the house at Mozartplatz 8.

The steeple you see over the cafe near Residenzplatz is St Michael’s Church. This is a pretty, but tiny, church and often overlooked. The entrance is just around the corner on Residenzplatz and it’s worth a quick look.

 

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