Stephansdom, Vienna, Austria

The Stephansdom is the Cathedral of Vienna. It stands on the site of several ancient churches, of which only a couple of remnants were incorporated into the hugh gothic Cathedral of St. Stephen built in the heyday of Cathedral construction - the 12th to 14th centuries. One of the most striking aspects of the Cathedral is the roof, with it's patterned tiles which can be seen from up close if you ascend one of the towers (not for those with no head for heights though).

The Cathedral was badly damaged in World War II and has been in restoration almost ever since, although the current works were started more recently and are well on their way to being finished - Austria hardly being the poorest country in Europe after all!

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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