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Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom)

Step back in time to the eighth century at one of Salzburg’s most important historic sites and one of Europe’s most beautiful churches.

The Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) is famous for its long and dramatic history. Mozart was baptised here and later became the cathedral’s organist.

One of the cathedral’s most prominent features is its dome. As you enter, look for the two rows of frescoes painted by Donato Mascagni of Florence that portray scenes from the Old Testament. Mascagni was also responsible for some of the paintings that adorn the main nave. Art lovers and historians will appreciate the sculptures that flank the main gate. They depict the two patron saints, Rupert and Vigil, and the apostles St. Peter and St. Paul.

The cathedral’s seven bells have a reputation for being the best sounding in the country. It’s no wonder since the Salvatorglocke (Salvation Bell) is the second biggest in Austria, weighing 15.7 tons (14 tonnes). The Maria and Virgil bells are the only originals of the seven.

A feature that music aficionados are sure to appreciate is the bronze Romanesque font near the entrance. The font was used during the baptism of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The legendary composer was the cathedral organist from 1779 to 1781, and he performed his composition Coronation Mass for the first time here. During the annual Salzburg Festival, work by Mozart and other chamber music is performed in the charming cathedral square.

This awe-inspiring place of worship is a prime example of 17th-century baroque architecture. It dates back to 774 when Bishop Virgil consecrated a cathedral on the site of the Roman settlement Juvavum. The cathedral has survived eight fires. The fire of 1598 ruined much of the original structure. Italian architect Santino Solari designed the present cathedral.

Salzburg Cathedral is located in the Old Town, on the west side of the Salzach River. It’s within walking distance of other major attractions, including the Residenz palace. You can get to the Old Town by bus from Salzburg’s main train station.

The cathedral is open daily, although only in the afternoon on Sundays and public holidays. Closing times are variable, so be sure to check the website before visiting. Entrance is free, although a donation is appreciated.


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