One could take a couple of days alone to make the Catholic Heritage Sightseeing tour in Salzburg and you would not be disappointed in the incredible baroque architecture. One of the most peaceful cemeterys here is part of Petersfriedhof (St Peter’s Church). We have been there a handful of times and recently in good weather. I must add, even if you were to find the cemetery pics unimpressive, be sure to read to the end of this blog for the Catacombs built into the rock wall, totally amazing.
Just as we don’t lack for places to eat or drink in this country, we don’t lack for chapels either (kappelle). There is even an extra chapel in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
So, as I’m capturing this pic above, I notice these windows in the rock of Mönchberg hill (the rock wall upon which the castle is built) , just above the cemetery…(see here if you have not read our incredible day at the castle!).
Turns out, you can see more of it from this view…
I couldn’t find it in my vast array of travel books, but our neighbor Christine told me (I hope I am getting this right) when the Protestants where persecuted and not allowed to worship in Salzburg, they built a hidden church in the rock. I have a hard time finding that exact history, but I did find out that more than one sanctuary is carved into the rock. They are called the Catacombs or ‘Katacomben’. (even though there are no buried bodies, it turns out, wikipedia says Catacombs are human-made subterranean passageways for religious practice…)
I just couldn’t get enough of the view from above…those crazy Protestants!
I have to say, this was the most successful day of sightseeing with a toddler ever! So, after visiting 2 cemeteries, the Thursday Market, and then ancient catacombs…Eliot and I worked up an appetite…so we headed to the daily market for our weekly sausages.