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Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral) Wien

Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral)
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The high southern tower is also known by locals as "Steffl".
©WienTourismus / Lois Lammerhuber The high southern tower is also known by locals as "Steffl".

Stephansdom in Vienna, also known in English as St. Stephen's Cathedral, is the Austrian capital's most important landmark. It attracts roughly 3 million visitors a year. Seven masses take place there every day, ten on Sundays, with some of them being broadcast on tv. The cathedral is around 350 ft long, 112 ft wide, and 92 feet high. Its most striking feature, the 446 ft southern tower known by locals as "Steffl" can be visited seperately.

Significant Features

St. Stephen's Cathedral gets its characteristic look from a steep Gothic roof, covered in 230,000 colourful glass tiles. Another interesting feature is a bell called "Pummerin", located inside the northern tower, that only rings on special occasions. Visitors can access it with an elevator. Furthermore, the catacombs hold the tombs of two important figures linked to the cathedral's history: Rudolf IV, Duke of Austira, and Frederick III, thanks to whom the cathedral was one of the first ones in Europe to be finished in the Middle Ages.

 

Historical Information

The cathedral's interior features romanesque, gothic, and baroque architecture.
©WienTourismus / Daniela Stallinger The cathedral's interior features romanesque, gothic, and baroque architecture.

The Roman Cathedral of St. Stephen was founded in 1137, consecrated in 1147, and re-consecrated after reconstructions in 1263. The Western wall with its Romanesque gallery dates back to that period, and is nearly unaltered to this day. Over the centuries, additions and reconstructions were marked by gothic, baroque, and classicistic influences. Truculent distructions during World War II led to extensive renovations in the 1950s.

How to get there

Stephansdom is located in Vienna's inner city, and easily accessible on public transport. U1 and U3 subway lines stop right at "Stephansplatz", only a few steps away from the cathedral.

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Domkirche St. Stephan, Kirchenmeisteramt
Stephansplatz 3
1010
Wien
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Phone+43-1-513 76 48
Fax+43-1-51 552 / 3746
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