"Stephansdom" Stephansdom - St. Stephen's Cathedral Tip by grkboiler

by grkboiler

Stephansdom towers over the city centre with its 450 ft (137 m) spire. There has been a church on this site since 1147, but the current one was started in the 14th century and took hundreds of years to finish. Some interesting parts of this church not to miss are:

The Tiled Roof - Near the back of the church, thousands of glazed tiles create a mosaic of the Austrian Empire's coat of arms.

Climbing the Spire - Climb the stairs of the spire to the viewing area if you have the energy.

Christ with a Toothache - Legend has it that if you make fun of it, you will get a toothache.

Tirna Chapel - (To the left of the main entrance) The grave of Prince Eugene, a military hero is inside, along with a statue of Christ which is said to have human hair growing from it.

Potschen Madonna - (To the right of the main entrance) An icon of the Madonna from 1697 to which a victory over the Turks was attributed.

Pummerin Bell - This is the largest bell in Austria. It was cast from cannons that the Turks abandoned as they fled Vienna in 1683. It had to be recast in 1945 after a fire.

Catacombs (accessible only through a guided tour), Portrait of Pilgram (self-portrait carved by Anton Pilgram), and the organ gallery are more things to see.

If my digital camera's battery hadn't died, I would have gotten pictures of everything and would have been able to make tips for all of these. See my other tips for more things to see at Stephansdom (the few things I managed to get pictures of).

Address: Stephansdom
Directions: Stephansplatz
Phone: +43 1 515523054
Website: http://www.stephanskirche.at/

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  • Updated Nov 3, 2004
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