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Peterskirche is considered to be the second most significant Baroque church in Vienna, after the Karlskirche. Fact that Peterskirche erected on the site of an early medieval church might make it the oldest in Vienna. The church was founded by Emperor Karl the Great (Charlemagne) in 800, the year of his coronation. However, it is pretty doubtful bacause the first written record of the church dates back to 1137. At the end of the 12th century the Peterskirche became the property of the Schottenstift monastery.
The nave of the medieval church was oriented towards South and it is longstanding argument among archaeologists because all other churches in Europe are oriented essentially towards East. The possible explanation could be that the church originally wasnt built to be a sacral building, and was adapted later on to became a church.
The church was burnt down in 1661 and new current building started in 1701, finished by 1722. Peterskirche become the first church with a central cupola in Vienna.

Address: Petersplatz, 1010 Wien
Directions: At Jungferngasse
Phone: 01/533-6433
Website: http://www.peterskirche.at/home/

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  • Updated Dec 19, 2011
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