St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Catholic Cathedral of St. Stephen in Vienna: history, photo
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St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the Catholic church made in the Gothic style that is located in the center of Vienne. It is the main sacred place and symbol not only of the capital of Austria but the whole country as well. It is this cathedral that gracefully represents the sights of Austria.

The Historical Facts

The church was laid at the beginning of the 12th century by the Bishop of Passau and blessed in 1147. Firstly, the cathedral was created in the Romanesque style but after some time the towers were redesigned in the spirit of Gothic. However, it took several decades to complete the building. It was re-built and renewed. Initially, the cathedral looked like a three-aisled basilica with a bulge transept, which separated a narrow altar zone from the main part of the building.

In 1258, there was a big fire. Because of it, St. Stephen’s Cathedral actually had to be rebuilt. Only the west façade with a monumental portal known as the Giant’s Door remained from the original construction. Other two portals, that were built later, are known as the Bishop’s Door (the northern one) and the Singer Door (the southern one).

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

The Cathedral’s Relics

The church has a close relationship with the life of the Viennese and the former Austria-Hungarian Empire. It explains the origin of the relics and the memorable events, which were immortalized here:

  • The tombs of 72 members of the imperial family Habsburg (the tombs are symbolic as only the inner organs of the deceased were buried here).
  • A shrine of the Austrian national hero Eugene of Savoy.
  • A tomb-chest of Emperor Frederick III, which is made of red marble.
  • A stand of the 1500 year, from which the priests were preaching.
  • A miraculous icon of Pötscher Madonna (1676) deserves a special attention. According to a legend, during the war with Turks (1697), the tears were running down from Madonna’s eyes for two weeks.
  • The Gothic Wiener Neustadt Altar was created in 1447.
  • The funeral services of the last Austria-Hungary Emperor Franz Joseph and the great Mozart were held within the walls of the cathedral.

Even if all the above-described things are of little interest to you, a walk to the Cathedral of St. Stephen is worth at least for the sake of the beautiful panoramas of glorious Vienna. They offer a unique view from the observation platform of the South Tower. The main thing is to master 343 stairs... And also be sure to visit the Schönbrunn Palace - the residence of the emperors from the Habsburg dynasty.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Information for Tourists:

Address: Stephansplatz 3.

Opening Hours:

  • From Monday to Saturday: from 6 am to 10 pm;
  • Sunday and Holidays: from 7 am to 10 pm.

Prices:

  • Adult ticket – 4 €;
  • Group of schoolchildren (15-18 years old) – 2,50 € per person;
  • Child ticket (up to 14 years old) – 1,50 €.

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Entrance tickets & Tours

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Amazing Vienna on Electric Bike
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This is a very detailed local experience tour as it is efficient with timing and effective with the results of sightseeing. This amazing experience is a combination of tailored customer needs and high tech Electric Bikes by Bosch.Discovering how beautiful it is to visit Vienna with an electric bike and how many kilometers you can travel without the slightest effort so we are able to cover most of the touristic city attractions as well as hidden gems which only known by locals within short time.If you are looking for complete Vienna sightseeing activity ----> Book this tour
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Private Tour: One Perfect Day in Vienna
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A comprehensive Van & Walk combination to see all Highlights in One Day and get lots of ideas how to explore more of this beautiful city.Please consider our Options!The tour starts at 09:00am at any accommodation (hotel, vacation home, train station, piers) within city limits.This tour combines an Inner City Walking Tour and a discovery Van-Tour.Your expert local guide is with you all day. For the driving section we provide a chauffeur driven, air-conditioned sedan or van. This way we make sure you get as close as possible to all sights and still get all the guidance and information needed to optimize your visit.The tour ends at at St. Stephen's Cathedral
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Vienna City Classic Walk with a Small Group
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Vienna is home to a number of gorgeous landmarks, from the Hofburg Palace and Town Hall to the Austrian Parliament Building and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Discover these classical sights, as well as some of the city’s hidden gems, on this approximately 2,5-hour, small-group walking tour. As you wander around the city center, your guide will regale you with stories about the city’s history, architecture, and the many famous residents who have called Vienna home.
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Food, Coffee and Market Walking Tour in Vienna
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Get a thorough introduction to Vienna’s dynamic food and drink scene with a local showing you the best places to stop for all manner of sweet versus savoury. Walk through the Grätzls (neighbourhood) with your guide and discover their favourite, only locals know markets and get an insight into traditional Viennese coffee culture in some of our your guide’s most beloved coffee spots, discovering historic gems and locals only hotspots. 
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