St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche), Vienna

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St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche) is a Romanesque church in Vienna, Austria. Traditionally considered to be the oldest church in the city, St. Rupert's Church is dedicated to Saint Rupert of Salzburg, patron saint of the salt merchants of Vienna. The church is located in one of the oldest parts of the city, the section of the Roman Vindobona.
There is currently some debate whether the Ruprechtskirche is truly the oldest church in Vienna. Discoveries of old foundations under the St. Peter's Church and old graves under the St. Stephen's Cathedral have disputed the certainty of this label.
According to legend, it was founded by Cunald and Gisalrich, companions of Rupert during his occupation of the seat of bishop of Salzburg. However, because Salzburg had influence over religious issues in Vienna between 796 and 829, it is more probable that it was founded in this period.
The first reference in historical documentation is in a document of 1200 when Duke Heinrich II Jasomirgott describes a gift to the Schottenstift church. The document also mentions the Ruprechtskirche, which is labeled the oldest in the city.
After the destruction of the Roman settlement, the core part of the city grew in the area near the church. It was the seat of the religious administration before that function was transferred to the Stephansdom in 1147.
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  • The church is situated in a quiet area. The stain glass windows are lovely. Often you willhear a quartet of musicians playing inside.  more »
  • I tried several times to visit Ruprechtskirche, but I was not lucky. it's open only for a few hours each day, and it's closed on weekends. The exterior is nice, and it's the oldest church still...  more »
  • After a walking tour we returned to St. Rupert’s to get a closer look. The gentleman who was watching over the visitors offered us a very educational chat about the glass window, the Roman ruins, and....  more »
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  • This church just absolutely amazed me with its simplicity, yet openness and use of the arts! The oldest standing church in Vienna, but is open-minded and creative. The freedom you feel when you are there is incomparable. At the same time they have preserved that dark-ages feeling that makes this church so attractive. I will definately go there again during the day when they are open!
  • Evidently a very ancient edifice, probably the oldest one in the city. The walls are plain and austere. Now it even looks like it's out of place where it stands.
  • Oldest church in the historical center of Vienna. Wonderful architecture that balances austerity and splendor in a unique way. The church is home to a progressive community that shows a welcoming amount of openness defining a gauge on its own inside the Catholic Church.
  • We stopped in and found a rehearsal for an ancient instrument concert in progress. Wonderful surprise!
  • St. Rupert's Church is a Romanesque church in Vienna, Austria. Traditionally considered to be the oldest church in the city, St. Rupert's Church is dedicated to Saint Rupert of Salzburg, patron saint of the salt merchants of Vienna. The church is located in one of the oldest parts of the city, the section of the Roman Vindobona.

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