Saturday, January 05, 2019

Stephansplatz Icon

You can't go to Europe without seeing a church.  Or a few hundred.  They're everywhere.  They're big.  They're small. They're tourist attractions. They're magnificent.

This one, St. Stephen's Cathedral, in Vienna, Austria, is the city's most important religious building.
I'm not very religious, so I'm not so interested in that aspect of a church.  I am more amazed by the architecture and how ornately they are appointed.

The exterior of the church is limestone, which turns black with soot and air pollution, but regular cleaning of the limestone helps to keep the color of the church closer to it's original white.
I think about, as in this case, how someone in the 12th century (the first portion of the building was completed in 1160), touched the stones that are placed to build it, worked on the intricate designs of the exterior and interior, painted frescos, installed tile, and created the stained glass windows that I am looking at in the 21st century.
 So many sculptures and generous use of gold leaf.
 An altar in an alcove.
More gold leaf, more important statues.
Stretching 364 feet in length, the roof is magnificent.  The mosaic is comprised of 230,000 vividly colored glazed tiles.
St. Stephen's Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna.  It is located in the Stephansplatz and has become one of the city's most recognizable symbols

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