St. Peter's Church in Vienna
Austria, Vienna

The very first church of St. Peter was built in the second half of the fourth century, on the site of the current building. It was the first Christian church on the territory of modern Vienna - then there was still a Roman camp on this site. She appeared by turning the barracks into one-nave halls of the basilica.
The medieval building was a Roman restoration of the first church and was made in the Gothic style. The first mention of this church dates back to 1137. In 1661, a fire occurred in the church, but only temporary repairs were made. The decision to build a new church was made in 1676 with the advent of the Brotherhood of the Holy Trinity, of which Emperor Leopold I was a member.
In 1701, the construction of a new church building began, the old church and the cemetery surrounding it were demolished. The planning and construction of the foundation of the new St. Peter's Church was entrusted to Gabriel Montany. In 1703, the work was continued by the architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, then Francesco Martinelli, craftsman Franz Yangel, stone carver Johann Karl Trumler. Wall painting was done by Michael Rottmeyer. The altar made of carved stone was made by Antonio Galli da Bibbiena (construction) and Martino Altomonte (painting). Construction work continued until 1722. In 1998-2004, the church was renovated, the darkened paintings were restored.
Since this Baroque church is consecrated by the Holy Trinity, everywhere you can see images and symbols of the main sacrament: on the main altar, on the church chair of the sculptor Matthias Steinl, as well as on the excellent dome mural of the artist Johann-Michael Rottmayr and in many other places. A lot of her images testify to the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary: on the main altar - the “Immaculate” work of Kupelviser, on the side altars “The Heart of Mary” by the same court artist of the 19th century, “Mary Ambulance” by the Viennese master Rosenstipgl, “Our Lady of the Good Counselor” (gift Pope Leo XIII), "The Apotheosis of Mary" on the fresco of the dome, Our Lady of Bunclaw over the image of the martyrdom of St. Johann of Nepomuk by Lorenzo Mattielli opposite the church pulpit. Carved benches were made by Steinl.
Under the first side altars on the left and right are the Holy Family relics Martino Altomonte and St. Michael Johann Heinrich Schmidt: the relics of two martyrs brought by Cardinal Colonitius from the Roman catacombs rest in them. In Vienna they were dressed according to the tastes of the time. Under the image of the Holy Family on the ledge is a portrait of Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, who was ranked in 2002 as a saint (the work of Michael Fuchs). Above the Arc de Triomphe is the imperial coat of arms with the motto of Leopold I.
In the choirs above the entrance is an organ established in 1903.

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