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This is a beautiful church but it was somewhat difficult to photograph because it's quite dark inside. This is a repost of an earlier photo. I cropped, corrected the tilt, adjusted color and lighting and added a simple frame to focus on the center. I think this one is slightly more successful. The lighting inside is really sublime, so hopefully this captures the essence of the interior in a more realistic fashion.

The Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) is a 17th century baroque cathedral dedicated to St. Rupert. The site was also likely used as a religious place of sacrifice in both Celtic and Roman times. The first mention of the cathedral is in 774, so the first one was built under St. Vergilius who may have used foundations by St. Rupert. The "Virgil Dom" was built in 767 but burned down in 842 after being struck by lightning. Anothe choir was built between 1000 and 1020, and the west towers were built in 1106. The basilica was severely damaged in 1598 and was ordered demolished by the Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, who in turn hired an Italian architect, Vincenzo Scamozzi to begin planning a new baroque structure. Construction began in 1614 and it was completed in about 15 years. Some surviving features, such as the foundation stones of the previous strucutre and a 14th century Gothic baptismal font still remains. The remains of St. Rupert were interred in the crypt when the cathedral was finally finished. It was the baptism place of Mozart.

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