Things you didn't know about the Vienna cathedral

The cathedral of Vienna occupies a predominant place in the center of the capital of Austria. It is a simply fascinating building. And not only for its artistic beauty, since to the beauty of the construction we must add the many sculptural, pictorial or goldsmith jewelry it houses. In addition, this temple hides many secrets that make your visit much more advisable.

A little history about the Vienna Cathedral

Vienna Cathedral - Zdravko Ciric

St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna began to be built in the 14th century, on the remains of other previous temples.

But nevertheless, It has been a building to which reforms have been added over the centuries, so you can admire in it the evolution of Austrian arts. Both outside, dominated by the colorful roof, the great spire and the two towers; as inside three ships and full of chapels on the sides.

«Every great architect is necessarily a great poet. He must be an original interpreter of his time, his days, his age. »

-Frank Lloyd Wright-

The oldest of the cathedral of Vienna

Main facade - RossHelen

We have already said at the beginning that the current Viennese cathedral replaced an earlier temple, althoughThere are parts of the building that remind us of its Romanesque origins.

Those parts they are the bases of the so-called Torres de los Paganos, located on the main façade, which frame the one known as Puerta de los Gigantes. By the way, it is not the only door, also to the right of the church is the Door of the Singers, because women could not pass by in the past.

The great spire of the cathedral of Vienna

Needle of the cathedral - Mariia Golovianko

It is clear that the two bell towers of the main facade powerfully attract attention, but there is another vertical element of great appeal. It is the great Gothic spire that rises above the temple's cruise. How tall is that construction? Well the negligible height of 137 meters. By the way, it is possible to climb to a viewpoint in its upper part, and thus contemplate Vienna from the heights.

And of course from there you can also see in all its splendor the particular and colorful roof of the cathedral of Vienna. It is a striking roof made up of approximately a quarter of a million colored tiles that look great today, although during the Second World War they suffered a lot of damage.

We enter St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna

An entire treatise on art history is what is contemplated within. A unique setting that has been the place where some of the most lavish ceremonies in Austrian history have been held. And if that weren't enough, Vienna's own cathedral is a great cemetery, since the remains of many of the members of the Habsburg dynasty rest here.

Vienna Cathedral - Patrick Wang

But once one gets dwarfed before the set, we are going to name several elements that deserve attention during the visit.

1. The Pummerin bell

The story that this bell of the north tower is mythical it was made with the molten bronze of cannons that the Turks abandoned in their escape from the city in 1683. However, it had to be recast after 1945, when the bell fell and broke, so they had to remake it.

2. The Pulpit of Pilgram

Pilgram Pulpit - Jim.kovic /

Of the innumerable artistic jewels that are discovered inside the cathedral of Vienna there is one that deserves to appear in any manual of Art History. It is the pulpit that the sculptor Pilgram worked at the beginning of the 16th century, one of the best examples of flamboyant gothic sculpture.

3. The chapel of Tirna

In this chapel a crucified Christ is observed next to the sepulcher of the Eugene de Savoie. Visit her and look carefully at the face of Jesus. It is said that the beard is real hair, and not only that, it is said that it grows continuously.

4. The catacombs

And we finish this tour of the cathedral of Vienna speaking through its entrails, literally. Catacombs dating back to the 18th century, where archaeologists have found an enormous amount of bones, so much so that they are supposed to correspond to approximately 10,000 people.