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    Stephansdom

    by gubbi1 Written Jun 21, 2010

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    One of the many main sights of Vienna is the Stephansdom. Filled with art the Stephansdom is almost like a museum. It is huge inside.
    Like the main door are the two side towers remains from the old church building (late roman style) mentioned 1295 the first time. In 1450 the north tower was started and the building process lasted over 100 years. In that time the gothic style became oldfashioned and the construction was stopped. A cuppola closed the unfinished tower.

    More infos about the Stephansdom you will find on the link below. The linked page is in English and is the official page of the Stephansdom.

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    manificient church

    by vpas Updated Jun 16, 2010

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    very beautiful structure and charming service inside!and after you have marvelled the church,just take a walk upto Manner schnitten chocolate shop and treat yourself to the local delicacy.Alongside are numerous shops selling branded clothes,watches etc,besides eateries and icecreams parlours.so this place is a must visit!

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    The Iconic Center of Vienna

    by nicolaitan Updated Mar 27, 2010

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    The massive Stephansdom is the Vienna's largest church, at the epicenter of the Old City, and the major church for the Archbishopric of Vienna. Based on recent excavations for a heating system, it may occupy the site of Vienna's oldest church going back to the 4thC based on carbon dating of skeletal remains. The earliest documented church is a Romanesque structure from 1137. Today's structure was commissioned in 1359 when Emperor Rudolf V used it to lobby for a bishopric for his growing capitol city. Construction and reconstruction have continued to the current day as the church has faced multiple wars, Turkish sieges, Napoleon, and two world wars. History states that the retreating Nazi forces were ordered by the city commandant, one Sepp Dietrich, to destroy the church but it was saved by a Nazi army captain Gerhard Klinkicht who disobeyed the order. WWII damage during the Russian occupation of the city was fire-related and quickly rebuilt.

    My many photographs of Stephandom are undoubtedly being enjoyed by the dastardly criminal who lifted Proserpina's pocketbook at the Nordsee restaurant ( not that i am going to dwell on this ). Fortunately there are a host of superb descriptions of the church already available. So - a few photos and descriptive highlights.

    St. Stephen's is big, 350 ft long and 130 ft wide, and the south tower ( images 1,2 ) extends up 445 ft, for many centuries the tallest structure in Europe. Construction took 65 years (1368-1443). During the Turkish sieges, it was the watchtower and command post for the defensive forces. As late as the mid 20th C the tower housed fire marshals who watched over the city. Up at the top is the double eagle imperial emblem with a Habsburg coat of arms.
    The stubby north tower is only half as tall. Originally designed to match the south tower, construction was halted in 1511. Legend states the the architect Puchspaum made a covenant with the devil to guarantee successful completion of the tower agreeing never to utter a sacred name. After he broke the vow, the Devil threw him off the top of the tower with all the plans and building stopped at that point. The short tower was covered with a cap and construction was finished. One can apparently go up to the top of both towers for presumably remarkable views of Vienna. The tiled roof ( image 3 ), a 1950's addition, must be spectacular up there as even from the street the white, green, black,and yellow tiles in geometric patterns featuring on one side the Austrian Empire coat of arms and on the other the coat of arms of the city of Vienna and the country of Austria. Internet estimates for the number of tiles range from 230000 to over 500000.

    St. Stephan's faces southwest unlike most cathedrals, oriented to the axis of the rising sun on St. Stephan's day December 26 1137 in honor of the first sainted martyr. The side walls are filled with reliefs ( image 4 ) taken from the cemetery area on which the first 12thC church was built.

    The interior of St. Stephen's is uberGothic ( image 5 ), overwhelming heavy and with a pervading sense of darkness within. And crowded, with multiple services per day and innumberable tourists and groups. There are plenty of things to see here, but in the absence of images, best left to the descriptions of others.

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    Stephansdom/St. Stephen's Cathedral (2/2): Inside

    by Redang Written Mar 21, 2010

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    Among the jewels inside this Cathedral, I'd like to draw your attention to the Pulpit. It's a masterwork of late gothic sculpture attributed for years to Anton Pilgram although today it is thought to have been sculpted by Niclaes Gerhaert van Leyde.

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    Standing above all else.... Stephansdom

    by Maryimelda Updated Jan 12, 2010

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    Truly majestic......
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    Most Vienna pages are bound to have Stephansdom mentioned somewhere. Mine will be no different. This is a magnificent gothic cathedral that stands out against the skyline of Vienna and should not be missed by any visitor to this wonderful city. The history has been written many times on VT so I will just show some of my pics to add to the collection. My favourite part of Stephansdom is the pulpit which is made of stone and is covered with some very interesting sculptures including a self portrait of the artist Anton Pilgram under the stairs. The railings are covered with sculptures of lizards and toads and at the top the "Dog of the Lord" which is said to protect the words spoken by the preacher from evil. I also love the tiled roof which was added post WWII to repair the fire damage caused to the Cathedral towards the end of the war.

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    St. Stepen Cathedral

    by ruki Written Sep 8, 2009

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    St. Stepen Cathedral is one of Vienna’s most famous sights. St. Stephen's Cathedral defines the city centre and has been the heart of Vienna for centuries. It was built in 1147 AD. For a long time it was uncontested as highest building in Europe measuring almost 137 m.A glory of St. Stephen's Cathedral is its ornately patterned, richly coloured roof, 111 meters long, and covered by 230,000 glazed tiles.
    If you wont to climb there are 343 spiral steps and great view of the city from the top.The interior is packed with interesting things to see, including many important artworks. One of the greatest treasures is the Wiener Neustadt altarpiece (1447) in the left chapel of the choir.

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    Saint Stephan's Cathedral

    by georeiser Updated Apr 23, 2009

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    The Gothic cathedral was completed in the 14th century. Then it was damaged by the Turkish in 1683 and in World War II. But the cathedral was rebuild.
    Saint Stephan's Cathedral (Stephansdom) is a nice cathedral in the centre of Vienna, in the pedestrian area. Visitors can climb up the 343 steps to the top and see the panoramic view of the city.

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    A BEAUTIFUL CHURCH

    by alyf1961 Updated Apr 17, 2009

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    Stephansdom is a cathedral in the heart of Vienna. It has a beautiful 390-foot spire and a colourful tiled roof. The present church is mainly late gothic in style with only fragments of the original Romanesque church. The church was largely destroyed during World War II and has been restored to its former glory.

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    Stefansdom

    by Jp799 Written Mar 25, 2009

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    This cathedral stands in Vienna's 1st district, and is one of her most famous landmarks, with over 2 million visitors a year. Construction took place over the last 700 years, but was first started in 1137. In the 14th century St. Stephan began construction of the main building. In 1433 the high tower was completed. At the end of the second world war, looters set fire to some nearby shops and the wind spread the fire to the North Tower. The church was restored by 1952 and this is how you will see it today. For €4 you can go to the top of the North Tower and see Vienna. For the same price, you can also take a tour of the catacombs, where you can see some of the Hapsburgs coffins, their intestines in urns, and walls of bones from victims of the Plauge.

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    Mediaeval majesty

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Feb 22, 2009

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    For over 800 years now, the jewel in Vienna's eccliastical crown has been the magnificent cathedral known as the Stephansdom. Nothing remains of the original 12th century cathedral but, as it stands today, the building is a glorious combination of mostly Romanesque and Gothic styles with some later Baroque elements.

    The oldest section is the west door (known as the Giant's Doorway) which is flanked by two steepled towers (known as either the Heathen Towers, for the pagan shrine that once stood on this site, or, alternatively, the Roman Towers) - dating from the 13th century. Almost all the rest - nave, choir and side chapels and steeple - was built through the years of the 14th and 15th centuries in High Gothic style, while the north tower with its pretty ogee-roof is an as-yet-unfinished 16th century Baroque addition that houses the mighty Pummerin bell, made from the melted-down cannons of the defeated Turks .
    The absolute crowning glory of the cathedral is its steep-pitched roof, the tiles (over a quarter of a million of them) laid out in dazzling diaper and chevron patterns with two huge panels featuring the double headed eagles of the Hapsburgs and the Austrian coat of arms.

    The cathedral's vertical lines and narrow perspectives (it sits on a very cramped space for such a massive building) emphasize its height. It towers over the roofs of the Innerstadte and it's quite difficult to get a good look at it from the close confines of the old city. Fortunately, there are several high spots around the city from which you can get a good sighting.

    The cathedral was very badly damaged by fire during WWII. A massive restoration effort saw it rise again as the symbol of the city but , as is always the case with such buildings, the need for restoration is constant, ongoing and very expensive. Currently it is the south tower that is shrouded in scaffolding. When that is finished, it will be something else. Please don't begrudge a donation to this work.

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    Stephansdom

    by Veroali Written Jan 19, 2009

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    One of the most impressive sights in Vienna and seat of Archbischop of Vienna. Built in gothic architecture style and says a lot about austrian history, for example two metal sticks in the wall of cathedral determine length measure. First impression makes the colorful roof and high tower 136 m. All cathedral is decorated by cristian pictures, sculptures, angels and mythic animals.
    The big gate into the cathedral is called Giant's door, Roman towers above, in the north side Nothern tower.
    Interior is gorgeous, Main Altar, Chapels, wonderful Organ, possible to visit catacombs with a tour guide.
    Opening hours: Mo-Sa 6 am to 10 pm
    Su 7 am to 10 pm

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    Stephansdom (St. Stephans Cathedral)

    by Rupanworld Written Nov 3, 2008

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    Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral). The construction of the 448 ft South Tower (Südturm) where the Pummerin, a huge bell cast from melted-down Turkish cannons, hangs, was finished in 1433. The construction of the North Tower (Nordturm) was never finished. The building is a mixture of various architectural styles, gothic, romanesque, renaissance, baroque etc. It is built in memory of St. Stephen, Christianity’s first martyr. There are organized tours to inside the cathedral. From top of the North Tower one can have an amazing view of the city of Vienna. The Cathedral itself is huge and in order to give the visitors a better idea, there is a miniature of the building placed in front of the building, a nice place for a good photo, like the one I took.

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    St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

    by codrutz Updated Sep 28, 2008

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    St.Stephen's cathedral is the largest religious building and Vienna's main place of worship. The 137m high south tower, named "The Steffl", is the city's symbol. It is really a very high tower. I always wonder how did they manage back then to built such a tall structure. Really amazing to look at and think about it.

    You can have a closer look at all the Stephansdom's characteristics. You can climb the 343 steps up to The Steffl and enjoy a marvellous view over the city and the tiled roof. You can also take a lift up the north tower and see the great "Pummerin" (see explanations below).

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    St. Stephens church

    by BruceDunning Updated Sep 21, 2008

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    One of the most famous in Europe with its colored roof. The inside is great and very elegant. The church was built as part of Hapsburg empire. The roof burned at one time and with donations by people for each tile, they reconstructed. It was first consecrated in 1147 and designed over the years to be a mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Over the years additions brought it to the status of fame and magnificence. In 1305, the choir area was added. In 1368, and after 65 years, the tallest tower, at 445 feet was completed. The church is large at 131 width and 350 in length. It was built on where previous churches were located, and underneath there are catacombs that can be visited.

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    Church in the heart of the city

    by Urzu Written Sep 10, 2008

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    One of the many things I didn't know about Austria before going is that it's a catholic country. The Stephansdom is the most important church in Vienna, situated right in the heart of the city. My first impression of the church wasn't too good... sure the scaffoldings were nicely done and so on, but I don't know... I just didn't really like it! However, since I passed by the Stephansdom I-don't-know-how-many-times during my short stay in Vienna, I realised the church has many different and interesting angles! And of course the inside is very impressive (though also crowded with tourists as well!). I think one of my favourite things from the Stephansdom were the moseics on the roof. These moseics are made of over 200,000 tiles, and they were put there as a homage to the Habsburg empire.

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