At least once a year, I visit the Carnuntum Archaeological Park in Lower Austria. On this occasion, I always love to make a detour to this Romanesque round chapel in Petronell-Carnuntum. [German]
Romanesque round chapel in Petronell-Carnuntum
The round chapel is right on the way when I walk from the Petronell-Carnuntum train station to the large entrance building of the Carnuntum Archaeological Park. The rotunda, standing on a small hill, inspires me with its aesthetically designed cone roof.
In fact, the building is considered one of the most beautiful Romanesque rotundas in Austria. The roots of the chapel – locally known as St. John Chapel (Johanneskapelle) – date back to the 12th century. However, the striking conical roof was not created until around 1700.
Despite its age, the Johanneskapelle still serves a purpose. It serves as the final resting place for the members of the former noble family von Abensperg-Traun. This family held the nearby Petronell Castle for several centuries. Today it still runs the Petronell Estate next to the castle.
Sources / More info
- Link Description of the round chapel in Petronell on Wikipedia (DE)