St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), Salzburg

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At St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), see how this medieval monastery served as the home to Benedictine monks for more than 1,000 years. Built about 696 CE, it lays claim to being the oldest monastery in the German-speaking world. St. Rupert founded the monastery at the site of a Late Antique church. Enter the abbey church to see how the Romanesque facade transforms into a Rococo interior. You can view the organs at which Mozart's wife, Constanze, sang at the premiere of his Great Mass in C Minor. Look for the rock tomb--the original tomb of St. Rupert--next to his altar. Check out the shrine under the main altar, which stores most of Rupert′s relics. Use our Salzburg travel itinerary planner to visit St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) on your trip to Salzburg, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Just a beautiful interior. Fantastic dark wood and great colors. Nice area to walk around. A lot of tourists, but not crowded. A few head bobs and most people leave.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Church to visit the sites to see for its content and its rich acoustics for concerts. Central location, easy to access
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  • August 16, 2017
    This is a lovely church near the castle. The cemetery attached was the inspiration for one of the final scenes in the film of The Sound of Music and it is beautifully kept with some amazing graves. Th...  more »

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