St Peter’s Church

St Peter’s Abbey is not just the oldest church or monastery in Salzburg, but one of the oldest in Europe. Founded in 686 by St Rupert (Patron Saint of Salzburg), St Peter’s Abbey is located in the oldest quarter of the city.

 

Throughout the Middle Ages, the abbey was renowned as a centre of excellence for writing. In 1623 Prince Archbishop Paris Lodron founded the Benedictine University of Salzburg which continued in existence until 1810 before being resurrected again in 1926 and eventually becoming the University of Salzburg.

The monks were expelled from the Abbey in 1938 after the Nazi’s annexed Austria, but returned after the war.

The present day Benedictine church location dates back to 1130. While Romanesque in design, you can find evidence of many styles in the current building, as it was added to and renovated over the centuries. The current interior is Rococo, after a refurbishment in the late 1700s.

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Fun Fact

As you enter the church you will notice a concrete ‘loaf of bread’ hanging on the wall to the right. Legend has it that the loaf was baked at St Peter’s Bakery one Sunday, only for it to be turned to concrete before anyone could eat it. The loaf was hung in the church as a reminder that Sunday is sacred.

St Rupert’s original tomb is in the altar in the main nave, although most of his remains can be found under the main altar.

St Peter’s also possesses the oldest library in Austria. It currently contains approx 100 thousand volumes, made up mainly of works relating to the Benedictine Order as well as Salzburg history. Permission is required to access the collection.

The Stiftskeller restaurant, believed to be one of the oldest in Europe, can be found in the Abbey and is still a popular dining venue for visitors to Salzburg. Mozart Dinner Concerts are held nightly featuring fine food, fine wine and fine music. You can find more information on dinner and the concerts here.

Don’t Miss

Just don’t miss the interior of this magnificent church.

Opening Hours:

The church is open daily, from 8.00am until 12.00pm and from 2.30pm until 6.30pm.

Visits are not allowed during Mass.

From The Twitterverse

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