The "Steffl" is arguably one of the worlds most enchanting Gothic cathedrals. A 12th-century construction at heart, ... More
Domkirche St. Stephan (St. Stephen's Cathedral)
The "Steffl" is arguably one of the worlds most enchanting Gothic cathedrals. A 12th-century construction at heart, Domkirche St. Stephan (St. Stephen's Cathedral) was renovated in Gothic style between 1304-1433. Its Northern Tower, standing at a height of 70m, was redesigned according to Renaissance aesthetics in 1579 and the interior was given a baroque slant following the Counter Reformation. St. Stephen's Cathedral's famed bell, the "Pummerin," weighing no less than 21 tons, suffered considerable fire damage in World War II. It has since been repaired and is now used to mark special occasions, such as to ring in the new year. It also houses remains of 11,000 people in the catacombs, which can be seen by the visitors.
They are redoing the outside of the whole church so it's not very impressive. Inside is as cold as it was outside but still loved the architecture. We took a tour of the catacombs below. It was 4 Euro per adult. This was very informative and I'm glad we did it. They still use the catacombs and the last burial was of a Bishop 5 years ago. You also get to see a mass burial they uncovered when Vienna was hit by the plague.
They give alot of historical info of course. I would take friends back.
well its just very good for tourists I live here myself and I THink its the best place to go because You can do alot of things like go underground go to a english mass at saturday 6pm or go up to the top of the tower
The church it self is a beautiful site to behold. It does not come up to the same level as the Dom in K�ln or Notre Dame as far as being kept up or staff involvement.
The view from the top was Lovely and a great experience. I will definitely return here on my next trip.
I remember that I was there during the renovation of this church. The church is located in the middle of the city, right next to the shopping street, and is also the highest dome in the country.
I took the elevator to get on the top of the dome. Believe it or not that I wasn't feeling well once I was on the top. Because it's sky high and it was the first time that I was pretty sure I was afraid of the height. I felt totally dizzy though the view was incredibly beautiful. It's like you can see the whole city of Vienna from there. Unfortunately,I was faint and wasn't make it longer than 5 minutes up there.
Any way, it's one of the spot that you couldn't miss in Vienna..
My trip to Vienna was for Christmas so the Cathedral was full of activities so we got to see about 4 Masses celebrated there by the Cardinal of Vienna so the cathedral was full of people,full of light and full of music ! Also the great thing is that it's located right in the center of Vienna !
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