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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom) is 12th century Gothic style Catholic Church and the Seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. The cathedral’s soaring towers can be seen almost everywhere in Vienna City and its vicinity. The cathedral is centrally located at Stephansplatz where Vienna’s major streets Karntnerstrasse and Graben converge. The cathedral can be easily reached via U-Bahn (Red Line 1 & Orange Line 2). When we visited St. Stephen's Cathedral last September, the cathedral was attracting countless visitors as usual. As my uploaded photos show, we approached the cathedral from Graben. The cathedral’s majestic tall spire seemed to dominate the the lower twin towers above the cathedral’s main entrance, making the cathedral’s roof line unique. The multicolored roof tiles also made the cathedral’s roof line somewhat unique. Once inside the cathedral, the awe inspiring Gothic style nave opened up in front of us. The cathedral had ornate decors throughout the nave, and yet the altar area was relatively simple. The beautiful Great Organ was looming on the upper gallery. This great cathedral has had remarkable history and heritage. The cathedral was founded in 12th century, and witnessed two major crises; Ottoman Turk’s Siege of Vienna in 1529 and the Battle of Vienna in 1683, which almost precluded the glorious cultural feats of Hapsburg Dynasty. Success in the 1683 Battle of Vienna against invading Ottoman Turks allowed Vienna to flourish as the cultural center of Europe. In this cathedral, Joseph Haydn and Maria Anna Theresia Keller had their wedding ceremony. Wolfgang Mozart had worked in this cathedral as Adjunct to Domkapellmeister Leopold Hofmann, had his wedding ceremony with Constanze Weber held, and had his funeral service held. During WWII, the cathedral’s roof collapsed by fire set by looters of nearby shops which spread to the cathedral. But immediately after the war, the cathedral was rebuilt to the current glorious state. St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom) is the must-visit landmark of Vienna.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jae L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice, but very crowded. No place to sit and look to amazing architecture. Access to the altar is closed.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank rmi308
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This cathedral is located in the centre of the city and is a magnificent piece of art. The interior is beautiful. There is no fee of admission. A must see when in Vienna!

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Marietta T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mind boggling beautiful 12th century cathedral, very similar to the architecture in Prague. steeped in history as I think Beethoven got hitched there. Go see!

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must. Amazing church. Beautiful inside and outside, day and night. Very well preserved. Concerts are great.

Date of experience: January 2020
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