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Salzburger Dom

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Salzburg, Austria.

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The Salzburger Dom or Cathedral, Salzburg’s ecclesiastical center and one of it’s most important pieces of architecture, is most recognizable for it‘s elaborate elevated dome, frescos depicting scenes from the Old Testament and organ built by one of the world‘s pre-eminent organ builders at the very beginning of the 18th century. It’s complex also houses a renowned collection of bells in it’s multiple towers which comprises one of Austria’s largest bells.

The front of the building has three distinct marble sections and four large statures in front of bronze gates of the main entrance, depicting St. Virgil, St. Peter (holding keys), St Paul (holding a sword) and St. Rupert (holding a salt barrel). Other panels on the churches façade portray Moses, Elias and in the center front, Christ.

It is thought the site where the Salzburger Dom now stands has been in use as a setting for religious rites and rituals since Roman times, though the first Dom was built here by the followers of St. Virgilius between 767 and 774. The original structure was one of the largest in Europe at the time which may explain why it was struck by lightning and partly destroyed after which construction took place on the original foundations. This cycle of part destruction, frequently by fire, and reconstruction continued and the Dom gradually grew in size until the end of the 16th Century when it was raised to the ground leaving only some of the original Dom’s crypts. The new Dom, very similar to it’s current appearance, was inaugurated in 1628.

Written by  Kynan Wieltz.

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