"Domplatz and the Virgin Mary Fountain" Cathedral Tip by nicolaitan

Cathedral, Salzburg: 97 reviews and 166 photos

 
 

Medieval Salzburg is centered around 5 large squares, four surrounding the cathedral. The Domplatz at the front features a 1771 fountain by Johann Baptist Hegenauer, the Glorification of the Immaculata. Mary of course dominates the Baroque fountain, but the four figures at the base are far more interesting, particularly the devil with horns. The others represent wisdom, faith, and the church.

The Virgin faces away from the church to accomodate a clever visual illusion. Note in image 2, just to the right of Mary's shoulder, two angels on the upper level of the cathedral facade with a gold object, a crown, between them. It is stated that if one stands in just the right position under an archway leading to the market square, the angels appear to be placing the crown on Mary's head.

Directions: In the heart of the Old City - you can see the steeples from all over Salzburg

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  • Updated Dec 25, 2009
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