"Salzburg dom - baroque masterpiece chapter 2" Cathedral Tip by hundwalder

Cathedral, Salzburg: 96 reviews and 163 photos

  rear view of Salzburg dom
by hundwalder

Shown in this view is a rear view of Salzburg dom. The central part of the chapel contains an octagonal tower that is topped by a most beautiful copper dome. The murals painted on the inside of the dome are some of the most fascinating that I have ever seen. The cylindrical shaped structure in the rear contains the choir and main altar. The side wings are secondary naves and altars. ( Please correct me if I am using the wrong religious terminology ).

Construction on the new dom was started in 1614 after demolition of the older fire ravaged dom was completed. Construction of this incredibly large and very beautiful cathedral was completed in only 40 years. Contrary to Dietrich's wishes, it is smaller than St. Peter's in Rome, but nontheless is a five naved cathedral that will leave you awe stricken. The dom was built in the early baroque era and the architecture is very characteristic of that era. Only the elite and wealthy classes of Salzburg were allowed to worship in the cathedral. Commoners like the people who built it were not even allowed near it following its construction.

The exterior and interior artwork is excellent. The three enormous bronze doors in front represent the three essential spiritual gifts of faith, hope, and charity. The four statues between and on the sides of the bronze doors are famous works of Apostles Peter and John, and of Salzburg Archbishops Rupert and Virgil. The interior is open to the public except during Mass and other scheduled events. Admission is by donation only. You determine the amount, but please don't be cheap, because this great masterpiece of a cathedral is expensive to maintain.

Address: Very center of Altstadt
Directions: In the center of old Salzburg. The twin campaniles can be seen from far away.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 13, 2006
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