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St. Stephen's Cathedral


Coordinates: 48°12′31″N 16°22′23″E / 48.2085°N 16.373°E / 48.2085; 16.373
Location Vienna
Country Austria
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website
Architecture
Status Cathedral
(also parish church)
Functional status Active
Style Romanesque, Gothic
Groundbreaking 1137
Completed 1160
Specifications
Length 107 metres (351 ft)
Width 70 metres (230 ft)
Nave width 38.9 metres (128 ft)
Height 136.7 metres (448 ft)
Number of spires 2 main
Spire height North: 68.3 metres (224 ft)
South: 136.44 metres (447.6 ft)
Bells 23
Administration
Archdiocese Vienna
Clergy
Archbishop Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, OP
Laity
Director of music Markus Landerer
(Domkapellmeister)
Organist(s) Thomas Dolezal
Ernst Wally
Konstantin Reymaier

St. Stephen's Cathedral (German: Stephansdom) is found in Vienna, Austria. It has a clear Romanesque and Gothic form. The large place before it is called Stephansplatz (St. Stephen's place). It lies in the center of Vienna.

History

It had the status of Cathedral since 1376. Since 1479 it is the seat of a bishop, since 1723 that of an archbishop. The current archbishop of Vienna is Christoph Schönborn. He holds the office since 1996. The Cathedral is consecrated to Stephanus. Stephanus is believed to be the first Christian martyr.



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