St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna: Distant aerial context view of cathedral showing spire



St. Stephen’s Cathedral’s massive south tower is its highest point and a dominant feature of the Vienna skyline. Its construction lasted 65 years, from 1368 to 1433.

From the time of its foundation in the 12th century, the Stephanskirche, which became a cathedral (Stephansdom) in 1469, played an important role in church politics. Of the Romanesque parish church only the west towers, the west portal (the so-called Riesentor) and west gallery remain, but the Gothic structure is one of the most remarkable examples of a hall church. Its south tower, the Stephansturm (‘Steffel’), was the tallest spire (h. 137 m) in German-speaking Europe on completion in 1433. St. Stephen’s is also known for its ornately patterned, richly coloured roof, 111 meters (361 ft) long, and covered by 230,000 glazed tiles.


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Alternate Title
  • Stephansdom

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Architecture

  • Topographical views

  • Aerial views

  • Cityscape

  • Cathedrals

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Romanesque

  • Gothic (Medieval)

Place of Creation
  • +48.20833+16.37278

  • Vienna

  • Vienna, Wien, Austria: Stephansplatz

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Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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