Peterskirche, Vienna

Peterskirche, Vienna (must see)

St. Peter’s Church sits atop one of the oldest known religious sites in all of Vienna. There has been a church on this site since the early 4th Century A.D. A much larger version of today's church was reportedly built here in 792 and was to have been founded by none other than Charlemagne himself.

In more modern times, Peterskirche takes up much less space, being crunched into what it occupies on Petersplatz. The overall architectural design is Baroque. In fact, this is one of the most decorated churches you will find anywhere, for any building designed in that style.

The outer color is white and a very light yellow. There are two towers that made up the classic outside look of the building. The turrets turn inward ever so slightly. It is said that the towers get their shape after the tent poles of the Turkish people who used to occupy this region in the late 1600s. You can also find a wonderful plaque on the outside of the building that tells of the legend of Charlemagne.

You will want to visit the inside also, as it contains some of the best paintings dating to the 1700s. Many of the wood carvings and alter pieces are also of that period. Currently, the structure is owned and operated by the Opus Dei.

Why You Should Visit:
Definitely a good place to marvel at sumptuous baroque architecture. Full of gold, marble, and finery!

Tip:
Each day from 3 till 3:30pm you can listen to live organ music for free (donation only). The most impressive way of admiring this church!
Choir performances at the church are also frequent, with for-fee events in the underground vaults.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7am-8pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Peterskirche
Sight Location: Vienna, Austria
Sight Type: Religious
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