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Vienna Stephansdom Roof Detail

Vienna Stephansdom Roof Detail

Stephansdom in Vienna Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Catherdral) is one of the symbols of Vienna. Its South Tower is 137 metres high and you can climb up to its Türmer Stube (former watchman’s apartment) – it provides wonderful views of Vienna, its surroundings, and also a detailed view of Stephansdom’s roof, which is an attraction by [more…]

Stephansdom South-Western Side and one of the Heathen Towers

Stephansdom South-Western Side and one of the Heathen Towers

Stephansdom in Vienna St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, mostly known as Stephansdom, is one of the top landmarks of the city. You can find many pictures of Stephansdom on WienVienna.com. This one was taken from the south-western side from near the entrance to the South Tower. Stephansdom: Black and White Cathedral This part of Stephansdom’s [more…]

Stephansdom South Tower: View towards Rathaus

Stephansdom South Tower: View towards Rathaus

St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna St. Stephen’s Cathedral, better known as Stephansdom or Steffl, is one of the tallest buildings (its South Tower is 137 metres high) and top landmarks in Vienna. It is located at Stephansplatz, in the middle of Vienna’s 1st district, Innere Stadt. View from Stephansdom to Vienna City Hall (Rathaus) The [more…]

Hotels near Stephansdom in Vienna

Vienna Stephansdom and Stephansplatz hotels St. Stephen’s Cathedral, also known as Stephansdom or Steffl to the locals, is a top landmark of Vienna and a symbol of the city. It is located in the heart of Vienna inner city (Innere Stadt) at Stephansplatz. Many people choose this location as their place to stay in Vienna [more…]

Climb on Stephansdom South Tower

Spectacular view of the city There are several places in Vienna which give you a chance to look at the city from the bird’s perspective. One of them (and definitely the oldest one) is the highest point of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the highest point of medieval Vienna, the South Tower. You can climb the [more…]

Stephansdom: Tombs, Catacombs, and Crypts

Burial site St. Stephen’s Cathedral was built in a place which was probably an important ancient burial site. It remained a significant burial place throughout its history. There used to be several cemeteries next to the church, but they were abandoned in the 18th century. Stephansdom has huge catacombs beneath its floor and also hosts [more…]

Stephansdom: South Tower

8th tallest church in the world Vienna Cathedral’s highest point, the south tower, is 136.7 metrers (448 ft) tall, which makes St. Stephan’s Cathedral the 8th tallest church in the world (among those still standing) and the tallest in Austria. Number nine is also located in Austria; it is the Neuer Dom in Linz with [more…]

Stephansdom: Roof

One of the symbols of Vienna Together with its 137 metres (448 ft) high south tower, the coloured roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the symbols of Vienna. It is considerably tall too (reaches 38 metres, or 125 feet, above the ground) and very steep. Thanks to its steepness the roof is rarely [more…]

Stephansdom: Outside Walls

Black or white The cathedral was built of limestone and the original colour of its outside walls was white. However, air pollution and soot accumulating on the Cathedral turned its colour to black over time. The restoration works which are under process in these years should gradually return Stephansdom to white again. Standard measures on [more…]

Stephansdom: North Tower and Pummerin

North tower The lower one of the two main towers of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the north tower, is 68.3 metres (223 ft) tall, only about half the height of the south tower. When its construction started, the plan was that both towers would look the same. However, tastes for architectonic styles gradually shifted and height-obsessed [more…]

Stephansdom: History (1900 – today)

World War II and fire damage In the end of World War II, when German forces were retreating from Vienna, St. Stephen’s Cathedral narrowly escaped total destruction. Viennese German commandant Sepp Dietrich ordered the soldiers to “fire a hundred shells (at the Cathedral) and leave it in just debris and ashes.” Luckily, his subordinate Captain [more…]

Stephansdom: History (1600 – 1900)

Wars, fire alarm, and Pummerin (16th-18th century) Stephansdom and especially its south tower served an important role as a watch tower both for military and fire prevention purposes. There was a watchman who operated on the tower and even had his apartment there (Türmer Stube). Tourists can climb the south tower up to the Türmer [more…]

Stephansdom: History (1300 – 1600)

Albertine choir (14th century) Albertine choir, the part of today’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral east of the transepts, has its name by Albert (or Albrecht) I of Habsburg, the king of the Romans and Duke of Austria. It was him who ordered the construction of a new Gothic three-naved choir outside the contemporary church in 1304. [more…]

Stephansdom: History (before 1300)

Treaty of Mautern (12th century and before) By the beginning of the 12th century there were four churches in Vienna, including one parish church. With growing population and importance of Vienna it became clear that more and bigger churches are needed. In 1137 Leopold IV, the Margrave of Austria, signed a treaty with the Bishop [more…]

Stephansdom: Giant’s Gate and Heathen Towers

Giant’s Gate The main entrance to St. Stephen’s Cathedral is called Riesentor (Giant’s Door or Giant’s Gate in English). It got its name not just by its size, but also by a thighbone of a mastodon that was discovered in 1443 when digging the foundation for the north tower and later hung over the gate. [more…]