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St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche) is a Romanesque church in Vienna, Austria. Traditionally considered to be the oldest church in the city, St. Rupert's Church is dedicated to Saint Rupert of Salzburg, patron saint of the salt merchants of Vienna. The church is located in one of the oldest parts of the city, the section of the Roman Vindobona.
There is currently some debate whether the Ruprechtskirche is truly the oldest church in Vienna. Discoveries of old foundations under the St. Peter's Church and old graves under the St. Stephen's Cathedral have disputed the certainty of this label.
According to legend, it was founded by Cunald and Gisalrich, companions of Rupert during his occupation of the seat of bishop of Salzburg. However, because Salzburg had influence over religious issues in Vienna between 796 and 829, it is more probable that it was founded in this period.
The first reference in historical documentation is in a document of 1200 when Duke Heinrich II Jasomirgott describes a gift to the Schottenstift church. The document also mentions the Ruprechtskirche, which is labeled the oldest in the city.
After the destruction of the Roman settlement, the core part of the city grew in the area near the church. It was the seat of the religious administration before that function was transferred to the Stephansdom in 1147. Take a look at our Vienna tour itinerary planner to schedule your visit to St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Saint Ruprecht is a small and lovely sacred place, which is the best reason to visit it. Those seeking a tourist curiosity would do well to skip it. But for art historians and prayerful pilgrims, it..... more
Saint Ruprecht is a small and lovely sacred place, which is the best reason to visit it. Those seeking a tourist curiosity would do well to skip it. But for art historians and prayerful pilgrims, it..... more »
In the area called the bermuda triangel which is full of bars which are now closed due to covid. You can find this interesting church which was not open but is nice to see. You walk and use the...
In the area called the bermuda triangel which is full of bars which are now closed due to covid. You can find this interesting church which was not open but is nice to see. You walk and use the... more »
An interesting church, considered to be the oldest one in Vienna. Nearby, one can find several good-looking establishments like bars, cafes, etc. and narrow cute streets. The place is located very near to the city centre and is easily accessible by tram number 2, while there is the Donaukanal next to the church.
The oldest church in Vienna. Catholic by origin and was built in IX century. Worth of seeing obviously. Then you can grab a beer in Philosoph nearby. Keep that rainbow flag away from here, it doesn’t belong here. Got nothing in common with catholic church and people who built it.
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