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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 itself.
The roof of Vienna cathedral is unusually colourful. This is because Stephansdom roof is made of thousands (230 thousand to be precise) glazed tiles of various colours. They are arranged like a mosaic to form geometric shapes and symbols of Vienna and Austria.
The symbol you can see on the picture is the double-headed Austrian eagle, a typical mark of the former Habsburg Empire and still Austrian national symbol today. The part of roof on the photo is the southern side of Stephandom – the picture was taken from the South Tower. On the northern side, which you can see from the North Tower, there are other two symbols (also eagles): one representing the city of Vienna and the other representing the contemporary Republic of Austria.
There is an U-Bahn (metro) station directly under St. Stephen’s Cathedral – Stephansplatz Station on lines U1 and U3. Stephansplatz means Stephen’s Square. There are many hotels around Stephansdom and Stephansplatz – the area is a very popular place to stay, mainly thanks to its location in the middle of Innere Stadt (Inner City, Vienna first district) and proximity to most other landmarks.
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