Friday, August 27, 2010

Stephansdom Quarter

Stephansdom Quarter is the heart of District One with winding streets and every shop and restaurant you can imagine. What is most impressive is the Stephansdom Cathedral and its 450 foot gothic spire. The cathedral is considered the soul of the city and has been there for over 800 years.

Almost a quarter of a million glazed tiles cover the roof. They were restored after the damage caused in the last days of World War II.
Baroque statue depicts the triumphant saint trampling on a defeated Turkish invader
Inside Stephansdom Cathedral
One does not look like the other....
This modern building is directly opposite the Stephansdom Church and is called the Haas Haus. A shining structure of glass and blue-green marble. Although I think it is a very cool building, it just doesn't seem to fit with all the history surrounding it.

The St. Peter's church has stood here since the 12th century and was modeled after St. Peter's in Rome.

Hoher Market is the oldest square in Vienna. In medieval times fish and cloth markets were held here and so were executions. In the center of the square is the Josefbrunnen. Also linking two office buildings on the square is a bronze and copper sculptural clock, known as the Anker Clock and was completed in 1914. Every hour a procession of cut-out historical figures glide from one side to the other to the sound of organ music. Noon is the best time to see it because all the figures are on display.

St. Ruprecht church dates back to the 11th century, making it the oldest church in Vienna.
More neat buildings in District One

It is not often you see a building with gold leaf on it, pretty amazing.
This picture is merely to show you that all cabs in Vienna are MERCEDES! Nothing but the best for the Austrians.
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