Stephansdom is also called " Steffel " by the local people of Vienna.
Already in medieval times it was situated in the very centre of town, overlooking all other houses.
And from the beginning it had a small chamber - the so called " Turmstube " - where a fireguard was watching out for fires all day and night. Nowadays you can still step up to that place and take a look down on the city, BUT beware: the steps are quite narrow and used by both directions.
Fondest memory: The Steffel has a great gothic interior and especially famous is a small sculpture with a head looking out of a window right beneath the pulpit :
" Der Fenstergucker "
Its a self-portrait of the architect of St.Stephens
This is not so much about Vienna but due to the movie "The Passion of Christ", whenever I see HIM on a cross these days, the powerful message was reinforced over & over again.
I'm not so much a Christian by works but by faith. I don't even go church on weekly basis... but I've been to countless churches in the world. & HE lives in my heart.
One of the remarkable lesson I learned from the movie was that last few sentence he said, "what's the reward in loving only people who loved you back?" (well, something akin to this, I don't remember the exact subtitle).
Surprisingly, not long after the movie, I completely understood what HE was trying to teach! :-)))
I've been to numerous churches, temples & a few mosques.
But when it comes to architecture & the heavenly above, well... let's just say churches have an upper hand.
There are many churches all over Europe & America where lights simply filter through & that feels good to me. Except the Vatican which I felt was a little dark!
May be it's just me... I like to at least see the light when I'm praying for direction or thanking God for his blessings in life. It was an important factor contributing to why I eventually got myself baptised 13 years ago!
It was surprising to me on my 1st visit years ago that Vienna has soooooo many churches & incredible ones as well.
All kind of designs; Gothic, Baroque, Roccoco & Renaissance.
Vienna was what epitomised Europe for me. Not so much Paris since my first visit wasn't that pleasant. Neither was it Rome as we were on a tour then & other than rushing from place to place every day & night, I don't recall anything that pleasant an experience then.
Architecturally-wise, I think this is quite a city ... easy to navigate, well maintained & beautifully constructed!
Stephansdom - a beautiful giant cucumber covered with loads and loads of knobbles.
Fondest memory: Climbing on Stephen Dome roof I discovered for the first time in my life I had height sickness.Fortunately, two Danish guys help me to recover my courage and my humor sense. Heres a scarry laughing panicked version of me:)
Stephansdom is the dominant and everyone can recognize this city according it. Really beuatiful cathedral with the possibility to lift you up to the peak of it just to see a view of Vienna center for 4 Euro. The cathedral itself is large but pictures u should see wherever makes it bigger. Optical trick :) I like its windows but expected more decoration even if it is Gothic building.
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St. Stephen's Cathedral or also known as Stephansdom, is the best illustration of late Austrian Gothic.
The interior walls & pillars are decorated with fine statues & side altars.
A magnificent gothic piece is the stone pulpit, designed by Anton Pilgram in 1515.
The photo that I took inside the church is a bit dark because I didn't want to use the flash (we are prohibited actually). Still, you probably could see the interior if you open your eyes a bit wider. Sorry.
This is another must see building/place if you are in Vienna.
Apart from visiting Schonbrunn Palace, I had the chance to see St. Stephen's Cathedral.
The latticework spire of this magnificent cathedral rises high above the city & it's a landmark over Vienna that we couldn't miss.
It is a unique structure, with its vast roof of glittering polychrome tiles.
This Cathedral lies in the heart of this Baroque City.
St. Stephen's is hands down the largest cathedral I have ever seen. It is impossible to get the whole structure into on picture frame.
The interior is dark and very gothic with impressive stained glass windows. It was way too dark inside to even think about a photo without the use of a tripod.
Fondest memory: Inside view of St.Stepehen's cathedral at the central Viennas square. No matter from where you coming from, by walking through Vienna bigger or smaller streets ("gasse") you'll come to the central square. Its really worth seeing the cathedral inside, also go up to the tower, using elevator of course! :-)
Visit St. Stephan's cathedral. At the basement, for 3 Euros, you can see these mass graves, with the bones piled up high on top of one another... The basement tour is set at different times, please check ahead before you go..
No photos allowed either...
The rooftop is all mosaic...
Go to St. Stephan's Cathedral and be sure to go upstairs to the balcony at the front of the edifice to view an excellent film on the history of the church and its architecture.
Fondest memory: Watching the street entertainers capture people's attention and send ripples of laughter through the crowd with their clever little shows.
St. Stephen´s Cathedral (Stephansdom)´s history began in 1140, when the Bishop of Passau ordered the construction of a new parish church outside the existing city walls.
The Romanesque structure was dedicated to St.Stephen and consecrated in 1147. The church underwent almost complete renovation in the middle of the 13th century.
There would be soooooo much to tell, you have to go there and see it with your own eyes! :-)
Where to begin . . . I suppose one of the most impressive places in Vienna is Stephansdom (St. Stephan's cathedral), located in the center of the Ringstrasse. You can't miss it. It was built around the 13th century and you could spend several days admiring all the statutes, stained glass, huge magnificent pipe organs, etc. If time permits, you must take the guided tour of the catacombs underneath Stephansdom--it is absolutely fascinating. Also, you might notice on the outside on the tall spire, looking from the from of the building about 1/2 way up, 2 canon balls imbedded in the outer walls. One of these canon balls, has a face sculpted on it!
Fondest memory: We had so many fond memories of Vienna, it is quite diffcult to pick out just one. It seems as though few days pass by without, thinking of Vienna in all its splendor. Walking down some of the smaller, narrow streets, wondering, did Mozart or Beethoven walk here? What would it have been like to listen to the great composers back in there day. Oh, and if you are a choco-holic, you absolutely must get some Mozart Balls. You can find them most everywhere and they are most wonderful chocolate.
attend a church service here at the glorious St Stephen's Cathedral.
This cathedral is surely not your everyday kind of cathedral. It is another pride and joy of Vienna!
The Stephansdom, or St. Stephen's Cathedral, is an island of Gothic magnificence surrounded by a sea of baroque and 19th Century architecture.
Sadly, this Cathedral was severely damaged in a fire caused by Allied bombings in 1945. However to the untrained eye (er... I guess that would be me huh?), it is almost impossible to distinguish restoration work from the original!! Don't just believe me... take a look at it for yourself. :-))
Fondest memory: HOT TIP!
Try climbing the 343 steps to the Tower-Keeper's Room at St. Stephen's and enjoy a breathtaking view from up there.