"The Stephansdom." Stephansdom - St. Stephen's Cathedral Tip by margaretvn

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  • Stephansdom - Vienna
    by margaretvn
  • Stephansdom - Vienna
    by margaretvn
  • Stephansdom - Vienna
    by margaretvn

A church has stood on the site for more than 800years. All that remains of the original 13th century Romanesque church are the Giants Doorway and the Heathen Towers. A rebuilding progreamme in the 14th and 15th century resulted in the Gothic nave, choir and side chapels. The lower vestry is a Baroque addition. According to legend the north tower was never finished because the master builder (Hans Puchsbaum) broke a pact he had made with the devil. He pronounced a holy name, so the devil caused hime to fall to his death. The spire is 137 metres high. You can climb the stairs to the spire as high asthe viewing platform. (stepping out onto the platform is pretty scary if you - like me - have a fear of heights). Almost a quarter of a million glazed tiles are on the roof. They were restored after being damaged in World War II.
There is an impressive collection of art in the Stephansdom which stretches across several centuries. The pulpit is Gothic sculpture as are the canopies over many of the side altars.
The tomb of Friedrich III is Renaissance and the High Altar is Baroque.
Friedrich III commissioned the elaborate Neustader Altar in 1447. The painted panels open out showing an earlier carved interior showing the life of the Virgin and Christ.
The tomb of Friedrich III is made of red marble, the lid bears a life-like carved portrait of the Emperor.

Address: Stephansplatz 3
Directions: getting there:U-bahn halte Stephansplatz
Phone: +43 1 515523054
Website: http://www.stephanskirche.at/

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  • Updated Jan 22, 2006
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