Stephansdom - St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

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    Cathedral

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 24, 2015

    I found St Stephan’s Dom (Cathedral) one of the most spectacular Cathedrals of our entire trip of Europe. Opened in 1160, it must be one of the oldest. I just love the history.
    Outside, I most love the mosaic tiled roof. I also loved the enormous pipe organs inside.
    The height of the cathedral is 137 mts. For me, only Cologne Cathedral comes close to the impressiveness of this one.

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    Stephansdom – the towers

    by toonsarah Updated Jul 6, 2014

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    The cathedral has two towers which are noticeably different in height, and both of which can be climbed for close-up views of the colourful roof and out over the city to the countryside beyond. The South Tower is the tallest at 137 metres high, and you must climb 343 steps to reach the Türmer Stube near the top. If you want to do this, the entrance is outside the cathedral on the south side – look for the signs. Note that ongoing restoration work means that your view, though high, will be blocked in places. See website for more details of this option. This South Tower is also affectionately known as “Steffl” – the suffix “l” in Austrian German is a diminutive, so this means “little Stephen” – surely ironic, given the height!

    We didn’t tackle the 343 steps but instead went up the shorter North Tower which has a lift. This tower is also known as the Pummerin (the name of its huge bell) and sometimes the Eagle Tower – I think a reference to the eagle crests on the roof visible from its top (see photo five).

    As well as this striking roof and the city views, you can get a close-up look at that huge old bell, the Pummerin itself. This is a 1951 replacement for the original, which was destroyed, having crashed to the floor below when its wooden cradle was burned in the fire of 1945. That original had been cast in 1705 from 208 of the 300 cannon captured from the Muslim invaders in the Second Turkish Siege of Vienna, and this one reused most of that with the addition of some of the remaining cannon that had been on display in the city’s military museum. It is the third largest swinging bell in Europe, weighing 20,130 kg (44,380 lb). The swinging mechanism is operated electrically whereas the old bell needed a 16 men to pull on the bell rope and swing the heavy bell back-and-forth for 15 minutes before the clapper would even strike it! When the mechanism threatened to damage the south tower (in which it was in those days located) this system had to be abandoned and instead the clapper was pulled – even that operation needed eight men to pull its heavy ropes.

    But enough of the bell – you are here mainly for the views, I am guessing! You’ll be able to pick it many of Vienna’s main landmarks, including the famous big wheel at the Pater and numerous churches. Beyond are the equally famous Vienna Woods. There are helpful plaques pointing out the main features visible. Closer you can look down on the bustle of Stephansplatz below and as I have mentioned already, get a close-up look at the distinctive roof tiles and some of the gargoyles. It’s impressive to see the quality of craftsmanship that went into creating these stone marvels even though relatively few people would get to see them.

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    Photo one – roof and view west towards Grinzing and the Vienna Woods
    Photo two – coats of arms of the City of Vienna and of the Republic of Austria
    Photo three – Prater wheel
    Photo four – sheep gargoyle – I loved this!
    Photo five – the taller South Tower

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    Stephansdom

    by toonsarah Updated Jul 5, 2014

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    In the heart of Vienna’s 1st district, its city centre, sits Stephansdom, a magnet that seems to draw tourists and locals alike. The streets around it and Stephansplatz itself are always busy – it is the place to meet, the place to relax, and of course for many still, the place to worship. It is also seen as the emblem of Austria and symbol of Austrian identity, as the coats of arms emblazoned in colourful tiles on its roof will testify.

    There has been a church dedicated to St Stephen on this site since the middle of the 12th century, but that original building has suffered several almost total destructions and been rebuilt each time. A fire in 1258 left it in ruins and a new church was built on the foundations, which was consecrated on 23 April 1263, an event still marked each year by the ringing of the great bell, the Pummerin. During the 14th and 15th centuries the church was expanded, with choirs and transepts added, and eventually, in 1430, the old structure was removed to leave something like what we see today. The south tower was completed in 1433, and foundation for a north tower was laid in 1450, although this was abandoned when major work on the cathedral ceased in 1511. It did get finished eventually, in 1578, but to a much lower height.

    St. Stephen's Cathedral was severely damaged by fire in the last days of the Second World War and virtually reduced to rubble. This was despite the efforts of Captain Gerhard Klinkicht, leading the retreating German forces, who ignored an order to "fire a hundred shells and leave it in just debris and ashes” in order to preserve it. Unfortunately however local looters caused the damage that he had prevented, when fires they started in the surrounding shops spread to the cathedral - the roof collapsed, much of the structure was reduced to rubble and some of the valuable art works were lost, including some beautiful 15th century choir stalls. Others however, such as the pulpit, survived, protected by brick walls built for the purpose. Rebuilding began immediately and took just seven years; Vienna’s emblem had risen once more from the ashes.

    Today a visit here is a must if you want to sense something of the Viennese character and pride in their history. The first thing to strike most visitors is the unusual ornate and richly coloured roof, covered with 230,000 glazed tiles. On the south side these form a mosaic of the double-headed eagle symbolic of the Habsburg while on the north side the coats of arms of the City of Vienna and of the Republic of Austria are depicted. The best way to see these is to go up the towers – see next tip for more about this.

    But at ground level there is also much to admire. Outside the walls are adorned with a large number of memorials, carvings and other details to attract the camera, and the great doors
    Look out too for the large “O5” symbol carved in the wall to the right of the entrance – the 5 was intended to represent an E and therefore “OE” = “Ö” = “Österreich”, that is Austria. The symbol is nowadays under protective glass.

    The interior is beautiful and full of interest too of course. The 17th century marble high altar has a painting depicting the stoning of St Stephen, the cathedral’s patron saint. He is flanked by a number of local saints (Leopold, Florian, Sebastian and Rochus) while above him St Mary points the way to heaven (St Stephen was the first Christian martyr).

    Elsewhere look out for the Wiener Neustädter Altar at the head of the north nave, with a beautifully carved and gilded triptych (only open on Sundays and feast days), and the stunning gothic pulpit. If you want to really take in everything here, rent an audio guide or join one of the regular guided tours.

    It is best to visit at the following times if you want to avoid church services and be able to look all over the cathedral:
    Monday to Saturday: 9.00 - 11.30 and 13.00 – 16.30
    Sundays and Public Holidays: 13.00 – 16.30
    You can access certain parts, around the sides, without paying, but entry to most of it entails paying a small fee. You pay extra for the catacombs and towers (see below) and if you want an audio guide. We had been before, many years ago, so on our “sightseeing visit” this time we only strolled around the perimeter and went up one tower. That was on the Monday ...

    Alternatively you can of course attend a Mass, without charge (though I hope you would make a donation in the collection!). On a Sunday morning the main service, at 10.15, has music arranged by the cathedral’s music section and advertised in advance on the website (see below). We went and heard beautiful singing of a mass by Schubert which was also being broadcast on national radio.

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    Photo one – the interior from near the entrance
    Photo two – relief portrait of Anton Pilgram who sculpted the pulpit, near the entrance to the north tower (thought to be a self-portrait)
    Photo three – the impressive west front
    Photo four – one of a number of memorials from the time the area outside the cathedral was a cemetery, now mounted on its exterior walls (this one is on the west front, left of the main door) Photo five – the pulpit known as the Capistran, which these days is mounted outside the cathedral (north east corner) – from this, St. John Capistrano and the Hungarian general John Hunyadi preached a crusade in 1456 to hold back Muslim invasions of Christian Europe

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    STEPHANSDOM - INTERIOR

    by balhannah Updated May 25, 2014

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    Golly, how many outstanding churches can a city have!

    I loved the exterior of the Cathedral, especially the beautifully patterned and coloured roof, but the interior, with its bright coloured lights, just didn't seem to be right! I think it is only lit like this at night.
    In a night-club - yes!
    In a Church - NO! The coloured lights looked like they should be in a nightclub and not a Church!

    The inside has a high Gothic vaulted ceiling, central nave and a stone Gothic pulpit adorned with statues of animals and saints. Interesting, the high Altar is Baroque and made from marble and features four saints. The central painting shows the martyrdom of St. Stephen.
    The Wiener Neustädter Altar has a winged altarpiece showing saints and scenes from the lives of Jesus and Mary.

    You can see the red marble tomb of Emperor Frederick III from 1513, which is decorated in Renaissance style with several hundred statues and 32 coats of arms, also the catacombs, where the bones of thousands of locals are stocked.

    If you want to see everything, it is best to by the "all inclusive tour ticket"

    Your FREE TO WANDER AROUND AND LOOK YOURSELF, but you won't see everything.

    THE CATHEDRAL IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
    Monday - Saturday 6 - 10pm
    Sundays and Public Holidays 7 am - 10 pm

    TOURS IN 2014
    Monday to Saturday between 9 am and 11.30 am, and 1 pm and 4.30 pm
    Sundays and Public Holidays between 1 pm and 4.30 pm

    ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR Cathedral Tour - Audioguide * Catacombs *
    South-Tower * North-Tower * Treasure
    Adult EUR 16,00 Child (up to 14 years) EUR 2,90

    CATHEDRAL ONLY Meeting point: pulpit
    Daily Tour 3PM
    In English Monday to Saturday 10.30 am
    Adults 5 euros Children (up to 14 yrs) 2 euros

    CATACOMB TOURS - all year round. (Tours take place every 15 or 30 minutes, depending on demand – see the board by the stairs to the catacombs for details!)
    Meeting point: stairs to the catacombs

    Monday to Saturday 10 am – 11.30 am and 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
    Sundays and Public Hols. 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

    PRICES
    Adults 5 euros Children 2 euros

    TREASURY
    Monday to Saturday10am - 6.00 pm
    Sundays and Public Holidays from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm
    PRICESS
    Adult EUR 5,00 Children 2 euros

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    STEPHANSDOM OUTSIDE WALLS

    by balhannah Written May 25, 2014

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    After I had seen the interior of the Church, it was time to go for a walk and look around the walls. I'm so glad I did, as the walls are full of art works, reliefs and sculptures depicting various scenes of the life of Jesus Christ as well as other religious and historical events.

    Before moving away from Giants gate, I noticed two iron bars embedded in the Cathedral wall. These happen to be Vienna's set of measures for verifying the lengths of cloth sold in medieval times. The iron bars are to the left of Giants gate, around one meter high and embedded in the stone. I wondered why they were embedded on the Cathedral's walls and not somewhere else?

    Look on the other side of Giants gate, and on the façade and underneath the old tombstones the number 0 5 can be seen engraved in the stone. That was a code of the Austrian resistance movement during the 2nd world war. The name Österreich was forbidden by the third Reich.

    Next, I came across the “Relief of Christ in Gethsemane.” Gethsemane is a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, made famous as the place where Jesus and his disciples are said to have prayed the night before Jesus' crucifixion.

    Walking around the side brought me to many more tombstones that were beautifully sculptured.
    One memorial tablet was about Jesus and his disciples who are said to have prayed the night before Jesus' crucifixion. There is one on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's relationship with the cathedral as a music director shortly before his death. Mozart was married here and two of his children were baptized here, plus his funeral was held in the Chapel of the Cross inside.

    There is plenty of interest to view on the walls!

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    STEPHANSDOM ROOF & TOWERS

    by balhannah Written May 25, 2014

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    The Stephansdom has towers that are known as the Pagan towers, probably as material from Roman buildings was used to construct the towers. Between the towers is the main entrance to the cathedral via the Giant's Gate.

    The South tower is known as "Little Stephen," even though this gothic tower's spire reaches a height of 137 meters and towers high over Vienna's inner city. Inside is a spiral staircase leading from the sacristy to the top, a total of 418 steps.

    Opposite, is the north tower. Work on this Tower stopped in 1511. In 1556, instead of continuing building in gothic style, Renaissance style was decided upon. It was never finished and is only 68 meters high, roughly half the height of the south tower. I think it is a shame that this beautiful Cathedral doesn't have two Gothic Towers!

    This Tower has a Belfry and houses the Pummerin bell, made from the metal of captured Turkish cannons. The bell is the largest in the Stephansdom and even one of the largest in Europe. Take and elevator to the top of the North Tower for panoramic views.

    What can I say about the roof - I loved it. The roof is decorated with more than two hundred thousand glazed tiles which form an enormous mosaic of a double headed eagle (symbol of the Holy Roman Empire) and the coats of arms of Vienna and Austria. It looks great!

    It is hard to make out from a photo, but when there, you can see the gold plated Weather Cock on the choir roof of St. Stephens. The cock is a guardian against the devil, is a symbol of vigilance, a symbol of light, because he crows before sunrise, thereby announcing the coming light. So finally the cock refers to Jesus, who leads people from darkness to light.

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    STEPHANSDOM - EXTERIOR

    by balhannah Updated May 25, 2014

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    The mighty Stephansdom or St. Stephen's Cathedral is nearly all Gothic, only I couldn't see all of it, as once again it was a Church with scaffolding - not the best for photos!

    This Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna, and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. Stand here and imagine back to what Vienna was like in 1137 when the first Romanesque church was built on this site. In the 13th century it was remodelled and continued to be altered and added to, till quite recent times.
    The church was promoted to the status of cathedral in 1469. The Stephansdom has defied all odds and is still standing nearly 900 years since it was built.

    What I noticed about the exterior, was the number of stone-carved animals. Now I know they were here as a symbol of the struggle between good and evil. Evidently, using stone carved animals as symbols is quite an ancient custom.

    I love gargoyles and those on St. Stephens were in the form of dogs, lions and dragons. Inside the church, lizards and toads symbolize the pulpit running the everlasting battle between good and evil, crowned at the top by a dog.

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    St. Stephens Cathedral and Stephensplatz

    by Odiseya Updated Feb 16, 2014

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    St. Stephens Cathedral and Stephensplatz is well known touristic attraction and symbol of Vienna. It is also a popular meeting place and for my first all-myself-arranged trip its high spears was a main orientation point in my exploring Vienna's old town.

    Its architectures style is very interesting. It remind me on several similar but smaller (by its size and by its importance) like for example famous Matthias Church in Budapest. It is hard to make a unique insight on such a popular place. I don't even wish to do that. It is place you cannot miss and it is worth of time to explore its interior at least on your first visit. That is also a first stop for all organized touristic tours from Balkan as I assume it is for everywhere else. I find a information that this cathedral was visited by more then three millions tourists per year. And that is very impressive!

    Besides enjoying in its splendid interior design by self or with your tour guide you can enjoy in other touristic advantage. For visitors is allowed to climb up St. Stephen's Cathedral (South Tower, Türmer Stube), take the lift up to the Pummerin (North Tower) and visit its catacombs. There is a souvenirs shop of course. Prices are not high. I have nice cheap postcard.
    From building itself I like the roof mosaic especial. Roof tour it is not include or allowed, of course. All architecture lowers must go outside and admired it from far. In fact, the roof is so steep that its cleaning doing only mother nature. I found it that roof consist of 230000 glazed tiles. Its nice ornaments are very interesting. What a imagination especial because its style somehow don't seems to me to belong it there. It definitely "ruing" greyest of its splendor look. It simply reflect its long history. The cathedral is consecrated in 1147.

    Note that this is also and cathedral with very rich religious life. In fact this is a main church of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. Seven services are held on weekdays and ten on Sundays. The main feast day of 26 December. is also important to behave in accordance to respect of this holly place.

    Stephandom it would be and nice photo object but you need to be very creative if you don't have a good camera. It is to big to "put" in photo as object. But there is a very cool details you could find and "save" with your camera.

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    Stephensdom Catacombs , a must see

    by favenchi Written Jan 23, 2014

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    St Stephens Vienna is a very old Church but what is below is very creepy!
    I have been to Vienna several times since the first visit in 1983 when I worked for the then Blue Danube Radio. This huge Church is in the centre of Vienna and is one of the main tourist attractions as well as being a fully functional Cathedral. There are regular tours of the Catacombs below the church.......this can cost a few Euro/s per person....and it is suggested you tip the guide...on our visit the Guide is a young man who does his talks to the visitors in English and German and he told us he is studying law in Vienna; There are bones and full skeletons of Plague Victims and some grissly stories of how they got there.....High Up Church Cardinals are buried there, and there is a crypt with sealed urns containing the internal Organs of the Hapsburg Royal Family....no pictures allowed there now, but I took some back in 1983 and have digitised these......same bones, well sealed off from the public.......when Plague victims were first interred there was quite a problem with churchgoers, especially in summer as you could well imagine?
    The tour takes about half an hour and the tour guide assured us the place is not haunted and there have even been people down there testing for ghosts.......
    We arrive back in daylight up some icy stone stairs (we visited just before Christmas 2013) and at this location at the side of the massive church are horse and carriage....we took the short ride of around 25 minutes with the charming young Katie and her horses Max and Philip...Katie spoke really good english and knows about all the places on the coach route.....we we given blankets as of course it was chilly in this open carriage....gives the best view, but there are also enclosed carriages available.
    Now outside the main church entrance you are likely to be confronted by young men dressed in period outfits selling tickets to a concert at Schonbrunn Palacw.....we fell for it, bought two tickets for a senior and a University Student...cost just under a 100 euro's for two people...some tickets can cost a lot more, especially for the so called VIP seats.....well this concert a few nights later was not in the main Palace, but in the former stables....No photos allowed......just 18 Orchestra members, the concert lasted less than 2 hours with interval, some of the ticket sellers are also in the orchestra....there is a man and a lady vocalist, and a married couple who do some ballet, and these two appear to have passed their "use-by" date...the music , well there's some Strauss and it all ends with the Radetsky March giving the audience that "Vienna New Year's Concert" experience....the New Year's Concert tickets can sell for up to 1200 euro/s so many think they are getting a bargain at this concert! During the interval i was charged 4 euro/s for one small bottle of Coca Cola....I would suggest you look at what's on in Vienna and book for a Strauss Operetta...usually there is one playing with a much larger Orchestra and many on stage....costs a bit more, but much much better! The interior of the St Stephen's Church has been well covered by others , and you can take pictures without flash. There is a souvenir shop in the Church and others outside in the street which cost a little less...Souvenirs in Vienna are mostly made in China these days.........so keep your picture memories, the city is still beautiful and charming.....I noticed T shirts selling for 49 euro/s!!! This is an absolute rip-off! At the nearby u-bahn station near the escalator you can look down through a glass panel at a former chapel which had been found when the U-ban tunnel was being dug out.......this is so nice to see, and the chapel dates back hundreds of years..

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    Stephansdom

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 30, 2013

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    The roof is ornately patterned rich in colors and covered by glazed tiles. The tiles on the south side form a mosaic of the double-headed eagle, representing the symbol of the Habsburg dynasty.
    The Capistran Chancel is the pulpit, now outside the church, from which San Giovanni da Capistrano and general Janos Hunyadi preached a crusade in 1456 to hold back muslim invasion of christian Europe.
    There are 18 altars in the main part of the cathedral, the most famous is High Altar built from 1641 to 1647 in a Baroque style. The altar represents the stoning of St. Stephen.
    The stone pulpit is a masterwork of late Gothic sculpture. For long time it was attributed to Anton Pilgram but today Nikolas Gerhaert van Leiden is thought more likely to be the carver.
    Inside the cathedral we find the tombs and catacombs where more than 1000 people was buried. The most famous are tombs of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Frederick III, Rudolf IV and 78 containerswith the bodies, hearts or viscera of 72 members of the Habsburb dynasty, all containers preserved in the Ducal Crypt.
    The first organ is mentioned in 1334, so the cathedral has an organ tradition, but not one of the old organs survived. After the fire of 1945, the new organ was finished in 1960 by Michael Kauffmann. It is a large electric organ with 125 voices and 4 manuals. In 1991 the choir organ was added , it is mechanical organ with 56 voices and 4 manuals.

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    Stephansdom

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 30, 2013

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    Stephansdom is the Cathedral of Vienna and the seat of Archbishop. It has major importance in the history of Austria.
    The first parish church in Romanesque style was built here in 1137 on a site of an ancient cemetery from Roman times. It was consecrated in 1147 and dedicated to Saint Stephen. The first structure was completed in 1160 but the major reconstruction and expansion lasted until 1511. The present day west wall and Romanesque towers date from 1230-1245. Great fire in 1258 destroyed much of original building, the reconstruction works over the ruins had been replaced in 1263, when the church was consecrated for the second time. The Gothic Albertine Choir was added in 1340, and finally in 1359 Duke Rudolf IV ordered new additions which removed the second church (from 1263), leaving Stephansdom as it appears today. The south tower was completed in 1433 and the vaulting of the nave in 1474. The north tower was planned in 1450 but its construction was abandoned in 1511.
    Built of limestone, the cathedral is 107m long, 40m wide and 136m tall. The south tower is a dominant feature of the Vienna skyline. During the Battle of Vienna, in 1683, the tower served as the main observation and command post for the defence of the city.
    The main entrance to the church is named Reisentor (The Giant's Door). The tympanum, above the door, depicts Christ Pantocrator flanked by two winged angels. On the both sides of the main door are two Heidenturm (Roman Towers) and each stand of about 65m tall. The Roman Towers and the Giant's Door are the oldest parts of the church, from 1137.

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    Cathedral of St. Stephen

    by Raimix Updated Nov 2, 2013

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    It is the most famous Cathedral in Austria. It could be seen from in - detail Gothic architecture, monumental. This Gothic masterpiece is pictured on Austrian one euro cent. I haven’t got opportunity even to take photo of this entire Cathedral, only a part of it.

    It was built in 1147; the tall of the tower is 137 m. Climbing to the top of this church could be very hard work, but worth doing it because of breathtaking panorama of Vienna. Permission to the top of the church costs 3 euros for adult, 1 euro for child. More photos of this beauty are in my travelogue.

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    Splendid views from the Cathedral tower

    by aaaarrgh Written Sep 15, 2013

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    I like to head straight for somewhere for a good arial view of any city I visit. The quite splendid Stephansdom (St Stephens cathedral) has a great view from its tall south tower. This is not for the unfit or faint-hearted because there are over 330 winding steps up a spiral staircase to negotiate!

    Access is from the street and the cost is 4 euros per adult (2013). On the way up (or down) you have great close-up views of the fabulous multi-coloured tiled roof, as well as cleverly placed windows for views of the gargoyles. The stairs open out unexpectedly into a gift shop, with a depressed shop assistant selling postcards and religious souvenirs. There is a panoramic view from the large windows, over the rooftops, spires, domes and neighbours' gardens.

    Great fun and very good exercise!!

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    Stephansdom

    by ValbyDK Written Sep 13, 2013

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    St. Stephen's Cathedral is located in the centre of Vienna, on the site where an old parish church was built in the middle of the 12th century. This old church was extended, modified, and rebuilt over the next 300 years, and the present look of the Romanesque and Gothic style cathedral dates from around the 15th century.

    The cathedral is huge; 107 meters long, 40 meters wide, the North Tower is 68 meters tall, and the South Tower (the highest point) is 136 meters tall. The cathedral is rather dark inside and not easy to see all the details. The roof is covered by glazed tiles, and there are some famous paintings, around 20 altars (like the High Altar and the Wiener Neustadt Altar), pulpits, and several chapels around the cathedral. It is free to enter, but you'll only have access to the sides of the cathedral. If you want to visit the main part you'll have to pay a fee! You can also join different guided tours, for instance the Cathedral Tour, Treasure, Catacombs, or climb the South Tower.

    I paid the fee to have a closer look at the main part of the cathedral, and I also joined the tour to the catacombs. Thousands of people are buried here, and you will see some skulls and bones in the catacombs. But also the crypts of the Bishops - and tombs and urns with remains of the members of the Habsburg Empire.

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    Stephansdom

    by antistar Updated May 26, 2013

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    I was lucky enough to be at the Stephansdom for Christmas Eve, and couldn't believe I was able to make it into Midnight Mass in the main Cathedral of one of Europe's major capital cities. It was an impressive experience, from the sound of the bells calling the faithful to worship, through the procession of the Archbishop and his entourage, to the choir singing in the transept.

    Stephansdom is not the most impressive Cathedral I've seen in Europe, and it was covered in scaffolding when I was there. It's not all that pretty or stunning, and the wonderful architecture that abounds in Vienna made it feel rather ordinary, relatively. Even the interior wasn't all that impressive. The best thing about the Cathedral is its location, right in the center of everything. This makes it a great point to navigate from.

    I won't bore you with a poor rehashing of the Cathedral's history, as you can read an excellent article on that at Wikipedia in the link below.

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Hotels Near Stephansdom - St. Stephen's Cathedral
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