Kapitelplatz, Salzburg

Kapitelplatz, Salzburg (must see)

Kapitelplatz is a large square located next to Salzburg Cathedral. It is flanked by administrative, church and university buildings.

The square was established in 1600 by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau who re-developed the entire area around the cathedral. The Archbishops and other important members of the clergy lived around Kapitelplatz until the abolition of the Archbishopric in 1803. The grand austere residences and offices of the clergy serve as reminders of the powerful archdiocese that once ruled Salzburg.

Like most other squares in Salzburg, Kapitelplatz has its share of important buildings and monuments. The Drompropstei was the administrative headquarters of the cathedral. The Erzbischöfliches Palais is the official residence of the Archbishop of Salzburg since the 19th century. It was built in 1690 by linking two former buildings. The Kardinal-Schwarzenberg-Haus was a former granary used for storing corn and grain. It is now a library and storehouse for the archives of the cathedral. The Dompfarramt is a medieval building that dates back to the 1500s and also houses administrative offices of the cathedral. The Kapitelplatz has a small horse pond and a fountain built in 1732. Locals come here to play chess on a giant chessboard and a modern sculpture of a man on a golden ball is a recent addition to the ancient square.

Why You Should Visit:
This square is notable for having a very beautiful view of the Hohensalzburg Fortress (perfect for taking pictures) and for the sculpture of the 'emotionless man' on the golden ball ('Sphaera').
There are, of course, vendor stalls in the square as well as a large chess game. The fountain and horse pond is spectacular. Fun place to walk around!

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Sight Name: Kapitelplatz
Sight Location: Salzburg, Austria
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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