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St. Stephen's Cathedral

Vienna's imposing landmark on Stephansplatz -- the Viennese simply call it "Steffl." The 350-foot-long St. Stephen's Cathedral dates from the 12th Century. Its 449-foot south tower is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture; in the 15th century it was Europe's tallest building for more than 50 years. In the former Austria-Hungary, it was forbidden for any taller church to be built. The oldest, late Romanesque parts of the cathedral can be found on the west side: the "Giant Gate" and the "Heathen Towers" date from the 13th century. The Gothic reconstruction of the church occurred in the 14th century -- from this era stems the impressive Gothic choral hall.

In all, 15 Habsburgs are buried in the cathedral catacombs. In the unfinished north tower hangs the 21-ton "Pummerin," the second-largest church bell in Western Europe. It is said that they poured the bell originally from melted-down cannonballs from the successful rebuff of the Turks from Vienna in 1683. In the last days of the war in 1945, the roof and bell tower of St. Stephen's burned completely out; the reconstruction lasted until 1962. The roof, on which the imperial eagle, the Austrian federal eagle, and the Vienna crest are emblazoned, is covered with roughly 230,000 glazed tiles. Today, St. Stephen's Cathedral is the site of state funerals and daily masses as well as an irresistible tourist magnet in the city's center. Hike to the top of the South Tower, and you will see the most spectacular views of Vienna, of course the 343 medieval steps may argue against that undertaking.

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  • Von aussen beeindruckend, von innen eher düster, aber nicht besonders beeindruckend, wenn man schon viele andere Kirchen gesehen hat. Eintritt ist erst mal frei. Domschatz, Katakomben, Glocke ansehen kostet dann ein paar Euro.
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  • Top Highlight. Unbedingt ansehen.
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  • Magnificent!
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  • impressive!
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  • beeindrucken
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  • awesome!!
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  • sehr schöön! ohne Worte 😊
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  • wenn man ihn von fotos sieht, oder aus dem fernsehen, dann ist das schon beeindruckend. besonders die geschichte dahinter. einzwei dokumentationen hat man schon gesehen. aber wenn man dann davor steht, haut es einen direkt um. sowas imposantes auch in wien zu haben ist etwas fantastisches.
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  • Bei Sonnenschein und Traumwetter vorm Steffl beim Kaffee.... was gibt's schöneres?
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  • superbe eglise avec un tres beau reflet des vtteaux a l'interieur plein de charettes a l'exterieur pour une visite de la ville sur la place on propose des pub pour allez ecouter de la musique ( valse )
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  • Really cool ancient building!
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  • Beautiful from the outside. Unlike some cathedrals the view from the top isn't a 360, it's through four kind of foggy windows. Not really worth the climb or the euros. Inside is ok, stained glass unremarkable.
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  • In the 15th century the tower of the Stephansdom was the tallest structure in Europe for more than 50 years.
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  • overwhelming lovely structure
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  • espectacular
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  • Beautiful cathedral in Vienna's Centrum. Was lucky enough to see it for the first time on a winter night, during the full moon.
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  • una visita imprescindible
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  • leiwand
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  • This review was translated. See the original review here.
    At the moment the Cathedral is under construction - but it's still very beautiful - amazing history!
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  • so nice
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    The St. Stephen's Cathedral is big and breathtaking!
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  • my doom
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  • i completely agree! the second you turn off the kaertnerstrasse you see the most amazing building in vienna!
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  • beautiful!!
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    Beautiful
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  • It's breathtaking when you turn a corner in the city and find the steep cathedral in front of you
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