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Ruprechtsplatz, Vienna
Tram 1 to Salztorbrücke (244yds)
U1 U4 Tram 2 Tram 1 to Schwedenplatz (265yds)

Ruprechtskirche is commonly known as the oldest church in Vienna. It is named after St Rupert of Salzburg, and the church itself was likely founded in the 7th century AD and was used as the center of religious administration in the city until the 1100's when St Stephan's Cathedral was built.

The church is tightly surrounding by other buildings. Due to this fact, it was actually not possible to enter the church except through passageways in these buildings until the mid 1800's.

Fires and war have meant that the church has been modified and had parts of it rebuilt many times in its life. That said, there are many parts of the church that date back over one thousand years. Luckily the church was not too severely damaged during World War Two, unlike other parts of the Austrian capital.

The oldest parts of the church are the lower tower room and main nave. Other notable parts of the church include the church bells and the stained glass window panes found in the middle windows of the apse, which date back over 700 years.

The church's interior is quite simple compared to other Viennese churches and cathedrals, however there are relics to be seen here, for example, the sarcophagus of St. Vitalis.

Ruprechtskirche can be found in the oldest section of the city, near part of the old Roman walls and next to the Danube.


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