If you look closely you will quickly find this true oasis of calm in the city - St. Peter monastery in Salzburg. We have passed it on a walk and the place magically attracted us. The Abbey is located on the bottom of a hill, the Mönchsberg, in the middle of Salzburg. Benedictine monks still live and work here, so only a small part of the site is open to the public. Standing above the castle gives you a very good impression of the size of the complex.
Seen in the centre of the photo is the Franciscan church. The monastery garden with its arcades and cloisters is framed by the three brighter buildings. Hidden by trees, by the church with the green roof, is the entrance to the cemetery of St. Peter Abbey.
St. Peter Abbey in Salzburg
The main courtyard of the monastery is characterised by a prominent fountain. St. Peter stands on a column in the middle. The courtyard leads to other monastic institutions: the Franciscan church, the monastery entrance, the monastery church, and, in the south-east corner, the entrance to the cemetery of St. Peter. The monastery can only be visited on request. But it is possible to visit the cemetery and the catacombs.
Cemetery and catacombs of St. Peter Abbey
The cemetery is one of the oldest burial sites in Europe. Firstly, it was exclusively intended for the members of the monastery. Archbishop Konrad I of Abensberg was granted burial rights in 1139. After the opening of the community cemetery in Salzburg in 1878, no burials were carried out at the cemetery of St. Peter anymore. Only since 1938 funerals have been held at the cemetery of St. Peter again.
The cemetery, if cemeteries can be called beautiful, is indeed really beautiful. Old and well-preserved tombstones commemorate known and unknown personalities. A little walk through the tombs is really worthwhile.
In the middle of the cemetery, you find the Margaret Chapel, a Gothic church building which is now used for lying in repose.
A special feature of the cemetery are the catacombs. The rock caves were hewn into the hill at the edge of the cemetery. They were used not only as burial grounds but also by hermits. A staircase leads to two chapels located in the caves.
May - September:
daily from 10am to 6pm
October - April:
daily from 10am to 5pm
Ticket prices Catacombs:
Adults: € 2
Reduced: 1,50 €
With the Salzburg Card you have free admission!