Kapuzinerberg is the hill on the right bank of the Salzach River in Salzburg, Austria. It is across from the Old Town, but is also part of the core zone of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A flight of 250-step staircase goes up Kapuzinerberg. It starts from Linzergasse. Half way to the top of the hill, you come upon the church of St Johann am Imberg, built in 1681.
At the top of Kapuzinerberg, there was once a medieval fortress. Part of it was incorporated into the Capuchin monastery, built in 1599-1605 by Bishop Wolf Dietrich von Rathenau. The Capuchin monastery reached its present shape in 1690. The monastery has an oak door which comes from the earlier fortress.
Photos of Kapuzinerberg
Kapuzinerberg, with the Church of St Johann am Imberg
Author: Andreas Praefcke (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)
The site of the Capuchin monastery on Kapuzinerberg has seen human habitation going back to neolithic times. Archaeologists have unearthed two prehistoric settlements dating back to 1000 BC within the grounds of the monastery.
The Second World War was an unsettling period for the monastery. The monks were evicted from it in 1938, when the Nazis wanted to use the site as a forum. They only got the monastery back in 1945.
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