The square in front of St Stephen's Cathedral forms the center of the inner city of Vienna and is now a bustling pedestrian precinct surrounded by shops and cafes. After war damage and the building of an underground station the entire open space was newly laid out. Of interest are houses No. 2, "Zur Weltkugel" (The Globe), No. 3, Das Churhaus (Election House), No. 5, Domherrenhof (Prebendary's Court), No. 6, Zwettlerhof (Zwettler Court) and No. 7, the Archbishop's Palace.
Transit: U-Bahn: Stephansplatz (U1); Bus: 1A.
St.Stephens Cathedral is a major landmark building and cultural symbol in Vienna. The church, which was reconstructed numerous times since the 12th century, is a fine example of gothic architecture.
Located within Stephensplatz, the Virgilian Chapel displays a collection of artifacts from Vienna's history.
Cathedral and Diocesan Museum
The Cathedral and Diocesan Museum stands in Zwettlerhof in Vienna, adjacent to the Archbishop's Palace. Founded in 1932, it was remodeled in 1973 and extended in 1985. It displays religious art from the Middle Ages to the present day.The Treasury contains the most valuable items from St Stephen's, including two Syrian glass vessels of the 13th and early 14th C., the St Andrew's Cross reliquary and an important 14th C. reliquary which was refashioned in 1514. Mementos of Duke Rudolph IV the Benefactor, who had the church rebuilt in Gothic style, include the Chapter Seal, an antique medieval cameo and his portrait and funeral shroud. Other valuable exhibits include a monstrance with a pattern of rays by Ignaz Würth (1784), enameled 12th C. tablets (with scenes from the Old Testament), a Carolingian ninth C. evangelistary with all its sides decorated with representations of the Evangelists, and the sword of St Ulrich (10th C.). Pre-eminent among the Gothic painted panels are the Upper St Veit Altar, based on a sketch by Dürer, and the "Man of Sorrows" by Lukas Cranach. Among Gothic sculptures are a relief of the "Descent from the Cross" and the Erlach and Therberg Madonnas (14th C.). The most valuable of the many early 15th and 16th C. sculptures are the Madonna of the Shrine (early 15th C.) and the Anna Selbdritt group by Veit Stoss. Pictures from the 16th, 17th, 18th and early 19th C. complete the exhibits. The most noteworthy Baroque works are by Paul Troger ("St Cassian"), A. Maulbertsch ("Golgotha"), Kremsesr- Schmidt ("St Sippe") and Jan von Hemessen ("Christ bearing the Cross").
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