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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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Vienna Secret Sites and Landmarks Guided Walking Tour
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Listen to the exiting stories about the city. Starting at Stephansplatz, you’ll walk around St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the picturesque Ballgasse. Here you’ll discover the story behind the streets name. See Vienna’s cat café and admire the façade of the Franciscan Church. Learn about how the nobility once lived and stroll through the beautiful courtyards. That tour offers different aspects of Vienna. Marvel at the impressive Baroque architecture. Learn more about the former city wall and get to know Viennese cuisine.
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Private Guided Tour of Musical Vienna
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Enjoy this private tour of Vienna, which is also called "the city of music", as no other city in the world has such a high concentration of composers and musicians.
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Vienna Photography Walking Tour: Music and Grandeur
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Join this walking tour in Vienna, city of Music with our expert photographer and see one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Along the way you will see remarkable architecture including the Museum of Ethnography, the Imperial Treasury, the National Library, the Butterfly house and big collection of musical instruments and weapons and also the famous Spanish Riding School.
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Vienna Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour
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Unfold Vienna’s layers of history on this 3-hour walking tour of the Innere Stadt, the first district and historical city center. Visit St Stephen’s Cathedral and St Rupert’s Church, walk down the Ringstrasse past Hofburg Palace and explore the age-old Vindobona neighborhood. Learn about Vienna’s Celtic and Roman origins from your guide, witness the legacy of the Babenbergs and Habsburgs, and discover how modern Vienna has emerged into a major European capital for arts and culture. Numbers are limited to six on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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