Façade of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria - Encircle Photos

4 Façade of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a joy to behold. The magnificent South Tower initially grabs your attention. The 447 feet of Stephansturm (locals call it Steffl) qualifies as the ninth tallest cathedral in Europe. The North tower is half the size at 223 feet but contains Europe’s second largest bell. The Pummerin (St. Mary) weighs 44,380 pounds. That is 22 tons! The clapper is an additional 1,800 pounds. The twin Roman Towers (left) flanking the Giant’s Door are each 213 feet tall. Before rushing inside, spend time appreciating the ornate subtleties. These include the lancet windows with ornamental tracery. The delicate soaring pinnacles. Sculptures of saints staring back at you from niches. The 364 foot roof contains 230,00 colored glazed tiles. The majority form zigzag and diamond patterns. But on the north roof is a huge double-eagle mosaic (representing the Habsburgs) and the city’s coat of arms.

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Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria

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