Rupert of Salzburg

Rupert of Salzburg

Infobox Saint
name=Rupert of Salzburg
death_date=death date|710|3|27|df=y
feast_day=September 24 [ [ German language regional calendar, September] ] [ [ German language regional calendar] ]
27 March [ [ St. Rupert - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online ] ]
venerated_in=Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy

caption=Head of a Gothic style statue of Saint Rupert
death_place=Salzburg, Austria
attributes=Holding a container of salt
patronage=Salzburg, The State of Salzburg

Rupert of Salzburg (also Ruprecht, Hrodperht, Hrodpreht, Roudbertus, Rudbertus, Robert)cite encyclopedia | author=Ulrich Schmid |title =St. Rupert | encyclopedia =The Catholic Encyclopedia | volume =8 | publisher =Robert Appleton Company | date =1912 | url = | accessdate =2007-03-27] (660? [According to Catholic Encyclopedia, "The assumption of 660 as the year of his birth is very likely legendary."] - 710) is a saint in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches and a founder of the Austrian city of Salzburg. He was a contemporary of Childebert III, king of the Franks.


Tradition states that Rupert was a of the Frankish royal Merovingian family. He was also the uncle of Saint Erentrude.

Rupert was a Frank and bishop of Worms until around 697, at which point he was sent to become a missionary to Regensburg in Bavaria. There, he may have first baptized Duke Theodo of Bavaria, [Catholic Encyclopedia states that "this scene has no historical foundation."] whose permission was necessary for further missionary work, and then baptized a number of the nobles. After such success, Rupert moved on to Altötting and converted the locals. He soon had converted a large area of the Danube. As well as converting the locals, Rupert introduced education and other reforms. He promoted the salt mines of Salzburg, then the ruined Roman town of Juvavum, and made it his base and renamed the place "Salzburg." He reportedly died on Easter Sunday around 710.


In the Roman Catholic Church, Rupert's feast day is 27 March. [] . In Austria it is on 24 September. []



* [ Lives of Sts. Robert (Rupert) and Erendruda]

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