This is probably the oldest Church in Vienna and has a long history. St. Ruprecht spent ten years building up a Christian community in Salzburg. The church's name was not chosen by chance: it was founded in 740 (25 years after Ruprecht's dead) by Chuniald and Gislar, two monks coming from Salzburg. This was where the boats full of salt - a source of immense richness back then - would arrive in Vienna. The church was built in the proximity of sixteen different waterways, no wonder that Emperor Friedrich III had his mysterious A.E.I.O.U. acronym carved on the westside arc of the church. Inside the St. Ruprecht Church's choir (you must go upstairs) there's the oldest tinted window which was created in 1270. Beside the church tower was the so called Praghaus. From time to time it was one of the residences of the dukes of the House of Babenberg. The dukes had a direct passageway from the Praghaus to the gallery of the church. This building was significant because it was where the minerals, salt and such were being seperated and weighted to be sold later. In the 1457 the two Habsburg brothers Albrecht VI and Emperor Friedrich III (at that time he was King Friedrich IV) were fighting each other and Albrecht used the beautiful building as his shelter. At the beginning of the 14th Century it was also used as a jailhouse for no other than Wenzel IV King of Bohemia .
1 comment - St. Ruprecht's Church - Part. 1
Rafael Buelna - February 18, 2017 at 12:36 am
Thank you so much for posting this. It is an amazing job that you do, I've learned a lot more from Vienna, I am looking forward to visit it again soon.
Greetings from Mexico!