"The interior is the best" Stephansdom - St. Stephen's Cathedral Tip by tiabunna

  Soaring ceilings (vertical panorama)
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When Pauline first saw St Stephan's, she was a little disappointed that the cluttered setting of the cathedral detracted from the impression she had gained from the TV shows. What we found inside though, more than overcame any reservations she may have had, and we returned several times during our stay.

Inside, the Gothic ceilings soared skywards, their height emphasised by white banners draped for a forthcoming musical performance (main photo); the giant pipe organ above the entrance looked most imposing and we both wished we?d been able to hear it (Photo 2); at the other end, the richly decorated High Altar, with its painting of the stoning of St Stephan, was quite ornate (Photo 3); and there was the famous pulpit, with its small stone dog at the top of the curved banister keeping back the cane toads and lizards (symbols of evil) (Photo 4) while the unknown stone sculptor with his chisel (Photo 5) peered out of his stone window. And everywhere, as can be seen in several of these photos, were the endless crowds.

Yes, St Stephan's is indeed well deserving of its popularity.

Address: St.Stephens cathedral
Directions: Look for the busiest part of Vienna and you'll see it.
Phone: +43 1 515523054
Website: http://www.stephanskirche.at/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 28, 2007
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