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Salzburg's Cathedral District

For many centuries, Salzburg was governed by mighty prince-archbishops who were the spiritual and worldly rulers of the city. Their influence on the city’s culture and economy knew no bounds. Today (that is, as of May 17, 2014) you can explore the former center of power of the prince-archbishops, the DomQuartier Salzburg, on a circular tour: For the first time in 200 years, the entire complex of Residence, Cathedral, and the Benedictine Monastery of St. Peter, is accessible to the public.

With the purchase of just one ticket, embark on a tour of discovery through the private and public spaces that served as visible testament to the prince-archbishop’s influence. The DomQuartier makes it possible to walk around the Cathedral Square at the "upper level" of the buildings surrounding it, and provides new and impressive vistas of the city and its surroundings.

The tour first takes you to the splendid state rooms of the Residence, which served as the worldly seat of power and was used for representational purposes. Fifteen ornate state rooms highlight the art and architecture from Renaissance to Baroque and Classicism. The adjacent Residence Gallery features paintings from the 16th to the 19th century. The tour then continues to the Cathedral Archway Terrace which affords beautiful views of the Baroque heart of the Old Town. After you pass the elaborately stuccoed rooms of the North Oratory, you’ll reach the organ gallery, which is without a doubt the best vantage point from which to see the interior of the Dom, Salzburg’s magnificent Early-Baroque Cathedral. The Cathedral Museum and the prince-archbishopric Cabinet of Art and Curiosities feature artefacts and art treasures spanning 1,300 years. Then you’ll reach the Long Corridor, which is the part that has been closed for 200 years and today displays religious paintings from the collection of the Archdiocese of St. Peter. The next stop is the museum of St. Peter, the oldest monastery in the German-speaking world. After a look at the famous Gothic choir of the Franciscan Church, the circular walking tour ends in the magnificent Carabinieri Hall of the Residence. Open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

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