RS st peter basilika altenburg kaltern
RS st peter basilika altenburg kaltern

St. Peter’s Basilica in Castelvecchio

It is said to be one of the oldest churches of Tyrol: Near Caldaro there’s the ruin of a basilica dedicated to Saint Peter.

In the middle of the Castelvecchio Forest near Caldaro (Kaltern), a piece of church history can be found. It is the ruin of a basilica dating back to the 6th century AD. Two centuries before, Bishop Vigilius of Trent began to missionize the Val d'Adige valley. Outside the ruins there is a bowl-shaped depression in the rock, probably a burial site or prehistoric sacrificial site, which according to legend served as a sleeping place for St. Vigilius.

The first written mention dates back to 1191: This "Letter of Vigilius" is today kept in the parish archive of Caldaro. The three-aisled St. Peter's Basilica with its semicircular apse reminds of the ancient church buildings of Aquileia and Milan. Originally it was accessible via a medieval stone bridge. In 1782, the church was closed under Emperor Joseph II, and its decay began. Today the St. Peter's Basilica forms the 7th station of the popular Peace Trail (Friedensweg) and is freely accessible: In the lower part of the apse, remains of the "Last Judgement", a fresco by Master Thomas Egnolt from the nearby village of San Paolo (15th century), are still visible.

Currently, access may be subject to certain restrictions.

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Opening times

  • Wed 02 Dec closed
  • Thu 03 Dec closed
  • Fri 04 Dec closed
  • Sat 05 Dec 00:00 - 00:00
  • Sun 06 Dec 00:00 - 00:00
  • Mon 07 Dec 00:00 - 00:00
  • Tue 08 Dec 00:00 - 00:00

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COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Closure (11/02/2020 - 12/04/2020)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

General opening hours

  • Mon 00:00 - 00:00
  • Tue 00:00 - 00:00
  • Wed 00:00 - 00:00
  • Thu 00:00 - 00:00
  • Fri 00:00 - 00:00
  • Sat 00:00 - 00:00
  • Sun 00:00 - 00:00

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