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Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) description and photos - Austria: Salzburg (city). Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Salzburger Dom.
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Salzburg Cathedral is located in the heart of this city. Its modern building was built at the beginning of the 16th century and is a masterpiece of baroque architecture.
The first religious building on this site appeared in the 8th century, while its builder was Saint Virgil, one of the first bishops of Salzburg. Now the temple is consecrated in honor of both patrons of Austria - Virgil, who died in 784, and Rupert, who died more than half a century earlier.
The first Salzburg Cathedral was burned down in 1167 by order of the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Subsequently, the temple burned down several more times during numerous fires, so in 1598 the archbishop ordered to destroy all damaged buildings near the old cathedral and to build a new temple designed by the architect Santino Solari. Construction began only in 1614, and the ceremonial lighting took place 14 years later - in 1628. It is believed that this was the most magnificent celebration in the history of all of Salzburg.
The cathedral was on fire several times, but did not lead to large-scale destruction. However, during the bombing of the city during the Second World War, the dome of the building collapsed, the restoration of which took 15 years.
Now the Salzburg Cathedral is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. The portal of the temple is decorated with figures of two patrons of the city - Saint Virgil and Rupert, as well as figures of two apostles - Peter and Paul. Two 81-meter towers frame the cathedral's facade with three bronze doors. The dome is located just below the towers - its height is only 79 meters.
The interior of the cathedral amazes the imagination with its luxurious decorations, as well as its length. In total, the temple can accommodate about 10 thousand people. The cathedral has 11 altars and 5 organs. Among the interior details, it is especially worth noting two old bells, cast in 1628, as well as a bronze font from the 14th century, in which little Mozart was baptized.
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