Stephansdom or St Stephen's Cathedral

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FoxyFauz FoxyFauz
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Come for the Catercombs and Panaromic view of the city May 11, 2015
Located in the heart of Stefanplatz stands the tall gothic structure of the Dom. Never short of tourists buzzing around trying to get the perfect shot.

Entrance to the Church itself is free but if you wish to enter the Catercombs or go up the Tower you will have to pay separate entrance fees for each, very clever indeed. A section of the Church was closed to tourism, only for believers whom had come to pray. All of the Crosses were covered in black cloth. I believe they will be revealed on Easter or the night before Easter for Mass (We were there on 3 April 2015)

For the catercombs, tickets costs Euro 5.50 per person payable at the end of the tour (tips welcomed). This is a guided tour which runs hourly. We went for the 4 pm tour in English. What you get from this tour is a walk through guide of the underground world beneath the Church and part of the city’s main streets. Housing the famous collection of Royal family’s intestines all bottled & sealed up in barrels (so you actually do not see anything except for the Barrels and the names endorsed on each Barrel) and the Royal family’s Crib as well as the bodies of the country’s High Bishops/ Priests whom are buried here (in the walls). It also houses an extensive collection of bones of those that had died due to the plague (so plenty of bones/ skulls dump into rooms according which part of the body each room houses). Taking photographs is not allowed during this tour.

We then paid another Euro 5 each to go the Church tower in order to get a panaromic view of the city.

Thankfully, there is a small lift built now saving us the hassle of climbing up hundreds of steps. There is a person who controls the lift and she is always in the lift (imagine her boredom in this job, going up & down the whole day! So she is quite grumpy). Once you arrive at the viewing platform, there is another flight of steps that you can take to reach an even higher level (where the bell is). Unfortunately for us the weather was so clowdy but extremely windy before a brief moment of bright sun. Then all of a sudden, we had hail. My first thought was that some piece of glass of the Church had shattered into pieces as I had never experience hail. What a moment to experience Hail with no place to seek shelter right on top of the Dom! Everyone was rushing for lift but of course not everyone could get in at once! The lift only allows for 4 other passengers besides the lift operator and there is like 30 of us! So we tried our best to shelter ourselves (which was not much). The worst thing you could try is to use an umbrella like 2 spanish gals which of course just spoils the umbrella as the wind was just too strong.
Inside the Stephansdom
The famous tiled roof
The famous tiled roof
The view up on top of the Dom - as…
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Andy99 Andy99
621 reviews
Romanesque and Gothic and More at Stephansdom Sep 30, 2011
St. Stephen's Cathedral, or Stephansdom, is one of the key symbols of Vienna. Located in the heart of the old city, its towers have overlooked a pageant of history since the 12th century. A church has been on the site since 1147, but the present cathedral church began to be built over the ruins of the old in 1230. The West facade and twin towers (the Heidentürme) are Romanesque in style. In the early 14th century, conversion of the Choir into Gothic form began. This work carried on to 1440-1454, resulting in the Gothic Nave with its high vaults. The South Tower, the most noticeable feature of the cathedral, was added in 1359-1433. It stands at 445 feet (136 m) and can be climbed by visitors. It was used as a watchtower until 1955. I must also mention the distinctive tiled roof, composed of over 250,000 glazed tiles.

Inside, the nave is long and rather dark. But, there are many treasures to seek out. The High Altar, built in 1641-1647, represents the stoning of St. Stephen. It is framed by figures of patron saints from the surrounding areas – Saints Leopold, Florian, Sebastian and Rochus. Nearby, the Wiener Neustädter Altar is composed of two triptychs. The altar was commissioned in 1447 for an abbey but came to St. Stephen's only in 1885. The opened panels show gilded wooden figures depicting a number of saints and events in the life of Mary. I hope it will be also be opened when you visit! An elaborately carved stone pulpit in the Nave depicts St. Gregory the Great, St. Jerome, and St. Augustine of Hippo.

To the right of the High Altar is the Tomb of Frederick III (1415-1493), Holy Roman Emperor. The red and white marble tomb was completed in 1513.

At the base of the South Tower is the Baptistry in St. Katherine's Chapel. Mozart's sons Johannes and Franz were baptized here. (Wolfgang Mozart and Constanze Weber were married at St. Stephen's in 1782.)

Definitely a place to be visited!
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Airportman says:
I'm not religious, but the art inside churches are beautiful. Great photos, Andrew!
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012
anoo4u anoo4u
4 reviews
St. Stephen's Cathedral Mar 11, 2011
St. Stephen's Cathedral is a beutifull church in city center and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches, the first being a parish church consecrated in 1147. right in the center of vienna. any one go and pay visit at church. it was partly distroyed in world war 2 , damaged parts are constructed again . the outer surface of church is now washed to free it from air pollution .interiors of church are very beutiful indeed like any european architect

church specifications ..

Length 107 metres (351 ft)

Width 70 metres (230 ft)

Width (nave) 38.9 metres (128 ft)

Height (max) 136.7 metres (448 ft)
JaneFootprints JaneFoot…
2 reviews
Stephansdom Oct 13, 2009
Stephansdom is in the heart of Vienna and built in 1147. The romanesque and gothic form seen today actually sits on the ruins of the two earlier churches. The cathedral has multi-colored roof tiles that is very distinct from the Viennese skyline. There's a total of 236,000 glazed roof tiles,361 ft long, making this cathedral one of the most beautiful I've seen. The cathedral towers are about 445 ft tall and the locals refer to it as Steffl. The air pollution had blackened part of the once colorful cathedral but restorations are under way. The cathedral boasts 23 bells and if you're lucky enough, you might hear the beautiful sounds during your visit. There are also tombs of historical figure such as Prince Eugene of Savoy and Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor. This cathedral is pretty close to the palace complex of Maria Therese, mother of Marie Antoinnette of France. Sorry but I do not like taking pictures inside cathedrals and churches as I feel it is better to see it in person and disrespectful to the people praying inside. We reached the cathedral by train and it's very easy to find because the train has pictures of city landmarks so even non-German speakers could easily navigate the city.
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