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"St. Peter's Church - History, Exterior" St. Peter Church Tip by nicolaitan

St. Peter Church, Vienna: 37 reviews and 87 photos


My favorite Vienna church is the St. Peter's, located just off and visible only from the Graben near the Pestsaule monument. The relatively small and simple facade masks a large ovoid interior lavishly fitted out - the most ornate Baroque church in Vienna.

A church is believed to have occupied this site as early as the 4th C and legend has Charlemagne replacing the original with a Romanesque church around 800 AD. After several other reincarnations, the modern day building was begun by Emperor Leopold I in thanks for deliverance from the plague in 1679-80. Under the direction of Gabriele Montani and then the ubiquitous Johann von Hildebrandt construction lasted 20 years from 1703-22. It was the first domed church in Vienna. St. Peter's in Rome was used as a model.

The exterior is simple but striking, pale yellow and white with towers that turn inward and turrets created to resemble tents used by the Turkish army. Statue-filled niches feature important saints. To the right facing the facade is a representation of Charlemagne directing the building of the church, unfortunately on the wrong side of the building for most tourists.

Address: Petersplatz, 1010 Wien
Directions: At Jungferngasse
Phone: 01/533-6433

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 21, 2010
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