Salzburg Photos: Sun Dial at St. Peter
return to "summer
A sundial that experienced visitors of Salzburg migh readily identify as...
being found on a facade of a house that belongs to the
Erzstift St. Peter (St.
Peter's Abbey). The symbol of this Benedictine monastery are the crossed keys of
St. Peter and spread all over the city wherever the abbey has possessions. This
was often done to counter the coats of arms of the Prince Archbishops. This
practice is not dissimilar to graffiti of gangs and also served to mark
territorial authority. For a long time, there was a great deal of rivalry
between the Prince Archbishop and the monastery of St. Peter. This struggle for
power lasted for centuries, today, both bodies are in rather amicable terms. The
picture of this sundial was taken at the main court of the monastery, just above
the entrance. Similar sgraffito paintings can be found on many other buildings
in Salzburg, often small depictions of saints or Biblical scenes.
photo (c) visit-salzburg.net