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"St. Peter's Church - Interior" St. Peter Church Tip by nicolaitan

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

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The relatively unadorned exterior does not prepare one for the Baroque overkill of this church's interior. Against a background of marble and golden stucco, remarkable statues and frescoes fill the main chamber as well as 6 side chapels. The rich color of the paintings has been recently restored.
The high altar was designed and constructed in Bologna by Martino Altamonte and others depicting the Healing of the Lame by St. Peter and St. John in Jerusalem ( image 5 ). Above the high altar is a 19thC painting of the Immaculate Conception by Kupelwieser. In the dome, which is not well lit and difficult to see and photograph is a Johann Rottmayr fresco of The Assumption of Our Lady.

To either side of the main aisle before the high altar ( image 1 ) are two of the church's most revered possessions. On the left is an ornate gilded pulpit ( image 4 ) by Matthias Steinl (1726) who also designed the dome of the church. The canopy represents the Holy Trinity.
Opposite is a massive and gaudy gold and silver depiction of the martyrdom of St. John Nepemunk ( image 2 ), also one of the best known statues on the Charles Bridge in Prague ( the full story of the legend of St. John is in my Prague pages on statues of the bridge ). It was sculpted by Lorenzo Mattieli. Just above is a figure of Mary.
Adjacent side chapels ( image 3 ) contain the remains of martyrs dressed in 17thC period clothing and visible in glass cases. For those who might be interested. Rich restored paintings range from the Holy Family to St. Michael overlooking the memorialized martyrs.

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

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  • Updated Mar 21, 2010
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