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|coordinates: 47°48′0″n 13°02′0″e / 47°48′0″n 13°02′0″e / 47.80000; 13.03333|
historic centre of the city of salzburg
|unesco world heritage site|
|inscription||1996 (20th session)|
|buffer zone||467 ha|
salzburg (austrian: [ˈsaltsbʊʁk]; german: [ˈzaltsbʊʁk] (listen); [note 1] literally "salt fortress"; austro-bavarian: soizburg) is the capital city of the state of salzburg and with 154,211 inhabitants the fourth-largest city in austria.
the town is located on the site of the former roman settlement of iuvavum. salzburg was founded as an episcopal see in 696 and became a seat of the archbishop in 798. its main sources of income were salt extraction and trade and, at times, gold mining. the fortress of hohensalzburg, one of the largest medieval fortresses in europe, dates from the 11th century. in the 17th century, salzburg became a centre of the counter-reformation, where monasteries and numerous baroque churches were built.
salzburg's historic centre (german: altstadt) is thus renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the alps, with 27 churches. it was listed as a unesco world heritage site in 1996. the city has three universities and a large population of students. tourists also visit salzburg to tour the historic centre and the scenic alpine surroundings. salzburg was the birthplace of the 18th-century composer wolfgang amadeus mozart. because of its history, culture, and attractions, salzburg has been labeled austria's "most inspiring city."