Peterskirche Church - Vienna


The Peterskirche church is one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Vienna. The first Peterskirche was built on the site of an old Roman church in the Middle Ages. It was burnt almost to the ground in 1661 and only make shift repairs were carried out. The church was demolished and rebuilt in 1701 under the orders of Leopold I. The impressive façade was built according to plans by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, and consisted of two side towers, with a grey-green dome and a small laternon. At the portal you will find three statues, which represent the three theological virtues- the statue with an anchor represents hope, the one with the chalice in its hand stands for faith, and the children, charity. Do not miss the grandiose fresco by Johann Michael Rottmayr, which decorates the elliptic cupola. There is a crypt that runs under the entire church were you can find the oldest part of the church- a pre Roman style stone lion that guards the door. It was transferred to the priests of the Opus Dei by the Archbishop of Vienna in 1970.

Opening

Open Monday-Friday 7am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-9pm


Address : Peterplatz 1010 Vienna Austria

Subway : U Stephansdom

Bus : Stop: Petersplatz/Graben

Phone : +43 15336433

Fax : +43 1533643316

Web : http://www.peterskirche.at

Email : peterskirche@utanet.at

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