Benediktinerstiftskirche St. Peter : Michelin's recommendations
It was founded by St. Rupert in the 8th century, at the same time as the convent, and is the oldest monastery in German-speaking countries. At its foundation, Salzburg thus became Christianity's main base in what was still an overwhelmingly Pagan Central Europe. Of course, nothing much is left from this age. The Benedictine abbey-church retains a few sections from the Romanesque period (West portal and St. Catherine's Chapel), but it was greatly remodelled in the 17th and 18th centuries, in the Baroque style. Thus, you notice straight away, at the entrance, the wrought-iron grille separating the porch from the nave; superb work by Philip Hinterseer in 1768. From here, you have an overview of the nave, whose simplicity, increased by the whiteness of its walls, highlights the elegance of the Rococo decoration, by Benedikt Zöpf. The latter painted mainly in light green pastel and this freshness enhances the very fine stuccoes on vaults, cornices and capitals. Nave frescoes depict St. Peter's life. Above the arches, you can see an Ascent to Calvary and a Raising of the Cross. Beneath the upper windows, the life of St. Benedict on the right, and the life of St. Rupert, on the left. Nave high-altar altarpieces, mostly created by Kremser Schmidt, are superbly decorated with red marble columns, gilded statues and paintings. There are chapel openings on the right, where you can see a 3rd-century Roman sarcophagus, in which St. Rupert lies, as well as the very fine marble tomb of Werner von Raitenau (1593).
- Address : Bezirt-Platz A - 5020 Salzburg5020Salzburg
- Prices : free of charge
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