Erzabtei St Peter

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Erzabtei St Peter information

Salzburg , Austria
St Peter Bezirk 1-2
catacombs adult/child €2/1.50
Opening hours
church 8am-noon & 2.30-6.30pm, cemetery 6.30am-7pm, catacombs 10am-6pm
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A Frankish missionary named Rupert founded this abbey church and monastery in around 700, making it the oldest in the German-speaking world. Though a vaulted Romanesque portal remains, today’s church is overwhelmingly baroque, with rococo stucco, statues – including one of archangel Michael shoving a crucifix through the throat of a goaty demon – and striking altar paintings by Martin Johann Schmidt.

Take a stroll around the cemetery , where the graves are mini works of art with their intricate stonework and filigree wrought-iron crosses. Composer Michael Haydn (1737–1806), opera singer Richard Mayr (1877–1935) and renowned Salzburg confectioner Paul Fürst (1856–1941) lie buried here; the last is watched over by skull-bearing cherubs.

The cemetery is home to the catacombs , cavelike chapels and crypts hewn out of the Mönchsberg cliff face.