Our first stop is Vienna's 'soul of the city', St Stephen's Cathedral. Known as Stephansdom, the cathedral was restored after it's destruction in WWII. An enormous cathedral of the late-Gothic style it has a spire 137m high and considered the symbol of the cathedral and of Vienna.
|Incredibly difficult to photograph from the ground,|
this image is courtesy of a postcard by Verlag C Bauer
|Austrian Empire's Coat of Arms atop the cathedral's roof.|
|Pulpit of John Capistrano, who preached a crusade |
in 1454 to hold back Muslim invasion.
|Entrance to the Cathedral|
|Wiener Neustädter Altar depicting events in the life of the Virgin Mary.|
We moved onto Graben, a fully pedestrianized street running through the centre of the city. Here a shopper will find several high end retail stores and plenty of cafes/restaurants for refreshment. In the centre is a baroque column which was erected after the end of the plague that decimated the town in late 17th century. Commissioned by Emperor Leopold depicting the Holy Trinity, the sculpture is a tower of saints, angels and clouds along with a statue of him praying.
|Baroque plague column in the centre of Graben|
|Statue of Emperor Leopold praying.|
|Hungary's Coat of Arms.|
|Entrance to St Peter's Church.|
|The gilded pulpit with the Holy Trinity|
on top of the canopy.
|Martyrdom of St. John of Nepomuk and on top |
is the Mother of God statue.
|The church's cupola depicting the Coronation of Our Lady.|
Following lunch we head for Starbucks to use their free wi-fi as the Internet at our hotel was expensive and so was the Internet cafe. Time to sort out the next leg of our trip when we depart Vienna in three days. Although we've come to no conclusions yet, we at least have some clue. Stay tuned.
|Our munchkin was running around doing this sumo stance all over Austria.|
We thought we'd better follow suit.