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Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) is the grandest building in Salzburg, Austria. The cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Salzburg, it is one of the heritage sites within Salzburg's Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The cathedral that we see today dates to the 17th century. The site is believed to have been used for sacred observances going back to Celtic as well as Roman times. The founder of Salzburg, St Rupert, is said to have built the first church here. This was followed by the first cathedral built by Saint Vergilius.

The present Salzburg Cathedral was designed by Swiss architect Santino Solari. It was completed in 1628, fifteen years after the work began. Excavation under the cathedral has revealed the original foundation stone of the preceding church building. Also discovered were mosaic tiles and artifacts when the site was the Roman forum of the city of Juvavum.

Photos of Salzburg Cathedral

Salzburg Cathedral
Salzburg Cathedral
Author: Ragesoss (public domain)

South side of Salzburg Cathedral
South side of Salzburg Cathedral
Author: Jimmy Harris (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Interior of Salzburg Cathedral
Interior of Salzburg Cathedral
Author: Ragesoss (public domain)

Inside Salzburg Cathedral
Inside Salzburg Cathedral
Author: Andrew Bossi (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5)



Salzburg Cathedral is 466 feet long and 109 feet at the tip of its dome. It suffered minor damage during World War II when a bomb fell through its central dome. Restoration was only completed in 1959.

The sphire of the Franziskanerkirche nearby was deliberately changed by Archbishop Max Gandolf von Kuenburg in 1670 so that it does not exceed the height of the dome of Salzburg Cathedral.

Accommodation in Salzburg

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