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St. Peter’s Monastery, Salzburg

St. Peter’s Monastery hosts a large collection of minerals under the very roof of the church itself, collected over centuries by scientifically inclined monks. In earlier times the (Roman Catholic) church in Austria was very rich and active in economy, not only regarding salt from which Salzburg has its name, but also mining for gold and other metals and accompagnying and promoting these endeavours with applied science. Our photography group was invited to visit both monastery and collection.

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