This fine Sunday morning, I couldn't resist helping Joan out a bit with her weekly 'Church in Lieu of Attendance' posts (which is always about as close as I get to attending Sunday morning services!).
I'll start with an exterior view of St Stephen's Cathedral - which is located in the center of downtown Vienna. It's impossible to miss! It's an example of gothic architecture - and has been around (in one form or another) since the 12th century - since 1722 it has been the cathedral church of the archbishop. After surviving, or at least partially surviving, numerous wars, it's biggest threat currently is atmospheric pollution - primarily sulfur dioxide (remember...acid rain?).
We did manage to walk up 743 stairs - which got us as far as we could go up the 450 ft high spire that looks out over the city. It was a narrow spiral stone staircase - and after making it down we all felt more than a bit dizzy! There's currently quite a bit of work going on to preserve the tower - mostly cleaning of the tower surface. The interior of the church was quite beautiful - as you can see from just one of the numerous alters located inside.
But my favorite church in Vienna was definitely St Michael's - it had a simply fascinating integration of both pagan and religious symbols - and made me wish that I was better able to interprete the symbology. I must confess that our reason for heading to St Michael's initially was the "dead bodies" there - but unfortunately the crypts were closed due to repairs.
Yes, I suppose you could say that a Sunday morning spent in church wouldn't hurt any of us - but shouldn't a lovely Wednesday afternoon spent admiring them count as well?
Joan, I hope you have a nice Sunday!