The Heart of the City
Day 4 of 18… Our 2nd day in Austria began at Dom zu Salzburg, the city’s centrepiece, the heart of Salzburg. Salzburg Cathedral, as it is known in English is a Catholic church whose history dates back to year 767 when it was first built. Parts of the cathedral were destroyed by fire a few times over and every time a bigger, more beautiful church would emerge. The foundation of the Baroque exterior that we see now was laid in 1614.
During WWII, the main dome and other parts of the cathedral were destroyed when bombs finally hit Salzburg in 1944. The cathedral was rebuilt again into the grandiose structure that we see today.
Inside, the cathedral looked beautiful and elegant. It was bright. We were fascinated especially at the massive organs on the 2nd floor and by the pillars.
It was in this cathedral that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptised on January 28, 1756. He composed masses (music with a religious theme) here and he played mostly on the ‘Hoforgel ‘organ located at the southeastern pillar (right of the altar).
The main theme of our day, however, was Silent Night 200, and we were delighted to discover that Josef Mohr (1792-1848), the composer of the famous Christmas carol, Stille Nacht, or Silent Night in English, was also baptised in this cathedral.
Do you see my husband in this last picture? The one with a red backpack? It was at this point that he discovered a staircase to the basement, the crypt if I am not mistaken. We spent a good amount of time exploring it. It was quiet there, we could hear our footsteps and we had to whisper. It had a beautiful chapel and a small adoration room where we went inside to pray solemnly, to give thanks for all the blessings and to keep our family living a simple, uncomplicated life.
Before you go, have a look at the video that we took at the crypt. 🙂
- You may visit the cathedral museum (Dommuseum Salzburg) if you have time. We did not get to do that anymore because we had other plans. We wanted to see the Silent Night 200 exhibit next door. Here’s the website of the museum: http://www.kirchen.net/dommuseum/besuchen/
- The cathedral museum is part of the DomQuartier ticket.
- Visit the crypt.
- We used the audio guide and guide book of Rick Steves for touring the Old Town. I actually think that his guide books have always been the best for our family’s purposes.
Here are the other blogs on our Bavaria and Austria Holiday:
- Munich: Start of our family’s tales from last winter
- Munich: Viktualienmarkt Biergarten
- Munich: BMW Museum and BMW Welt
- Munich: Theatine Church and Odeonplatz
- Munich: Christmas Markets
- Munich: Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall
- Munich: City Aparthotel München
- Salzburg: Birthplace of Mozart and Silent Night
- Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Fortress
- Salzburg: Residenzplatz Christmas Market