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Salzburg - Vatican of the Alps
Year: 2015
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Peter Beringer

A co-production by ORF III and Eva-Maria Berger Film

Languages: German (ORIGINAL)
Format: 16:9

Salzburg - Vatican of the Alps

Salzburg - Rom des Nordens

"Here comes the semi-pope, who can make bishops." Allegedly, these are the words Pope Pius IX used to welcome the Archbishop of Salzburg to the Vatican as late as 1869.

For many centuries, Salzburg and the Archbishop occupied a unique special position. Unlike all the other bishops, the Archbishop even today wears scarlet, like a cardinal. Until the 20th century, he was elected by the cathedral chapter, completely independent of the Pope. Like a Pope, he could even appoint bishops. Until 1806, he ruled the second-largest church state in the world - second only to Rome.

But Salzburg is also called the «Rome of the North» because of its buildings, architecture constituting a nearly flawless Baroque ensemble.

The documentary «Salzburg - Vatican of the Alps» explores the history of this dominion, which produced exceptional art and where grand religious theatre was played along with grand human tragedy.

The documentary takes viewers back to a time when the Archbishopric, City and State of Salzburg were a political, religious and artistic centre of European importance.
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