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Saint Rupert of Salzburg

About Saint Rupert of Salzburg

Saint Rupert of Salzburg, often referred to as the "Apostle of Bavaria and Austria," was instrumental in the Christianization and development of these regions during the early Middle Ages. Renowned for his missionary zeal, Rupert laid the foundation for what would become key centers of faith and education in the heart of Europe.

Feast Day

March 27

Birth Place




March 27, 710
Saint Rupert of Salzburg

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Early Life and Education


Early Life and Education

Born in the late 7th century in Worms, a town situated in present-day Germany, Rupert belonged to a noble Frankish family. From a young age, he displayed a deep spiritual inclination and was known for his fervor in spreading the Christian faith.


Ecclesiastical Career

Responding to a divine call to evangelize, Saint Rupert began his missionary work in the regions of Bavaria and Austria. He recognized the potential of the region around the ancient Roman town of Juvavum and decided to make it the center of his activities. Renaming it "Salzburg" (Salt Fortress), he laid the foundations for what would become a major religious and cultural center.

Ecclesiastical Career

Later Life and Canonization


Later Life and Canonization

Saint Rupert established the Abbey of St. Peter in Salzburg and introduced the salt-mining industry, which would later become a significant economic force for the region. His niece, Saint Erentrude, whom he brought with him from Worms, founded a nunnery on the Nonnberg, laying further religious foundations for the area.



Saint Rupert is best remembered for his tireless efforts to spread Christianity and his role in the cultural and economic development of Salzburg. His feast day, celebrated on March 27th, serves as a reminder of the enduring influence of missionaries in shaping the Christian landscape of Europe.

Saint Rupert reposed around 710 AD. In recognition of his numerous contributions, he was canonized, and his legacy continues to inspire generations of faithful in Austria and beyond.

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Where are the relics of Saint Rupert of Salzburg

Saint Reupert of Salzburg's relics are housed in the Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) in Salzburg, Austria. The cathedral is a prominent monument dedicated to Saints Rupert and Virgil, and it is a significant site of pilgrimage and worship in the region.

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