The majestic beauty and grand stature of the Salzburg Cathedral makes it a spectacular sight to behold. This Roman Catholic church holds a dramatic story of loss, resurrection, faith and hope throughout its 1300-year-old history. Every year, thousands of visitors come to admire the cathedral’s 18-century architecture, magnificent 4000-pipe organ, and the baptismal font where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptised.
The figure of the Virgin Mary in the cathedral’s plaza – the Domplatz – on the south side of Residenzplatz is a guide to the entrance of the cathedral. The impressive statue dates back to 1771 and acts as a good starting point. Here, visitors can take in the awesome Renaissance influence of the church's face – the twin towers with matching domes, the smooth marble walls and the three bronze gates that represent faith, hope and love.
Once inside, travellers can see the famous bronze baptismal font where Austria's great composer, Mozart, was baptised. From here, the beauty and grandeur of the church's interior is overwhelming and the detail and craftsmanship almost unfathomable. Carved terraces overlook rows of pews, giant paintings cover elevated vaults and sunbeams drench the alter through the main dome's windows.
Visitors should also wander through the Cathedral Museum, located in the church's oratories. Cathedral treasures, such as medieval sculptures, baroque-fashioned paintings, collected rarities, the Eucharistic dove and the jewel-studded monstrance, can be found here. The oldest exhibit is the holy staff once owned by St Rupert, Salzburg's first bishop in the eighth century. It's also one of the oldest holy relics in the collection.
Guided walking tours of the Cathedral Museum complex, better known as DomQuartier Salzburg, are also available although tickets need to be purchased. The tour includes entrance to the Salzburg Cathedral Museum, the North Oratory and the church's organ loft, the residence state rooms, gallery and Long Gallery at Residenzplatz, St Peter's Museum, and Franciscan Church.