From the famous waffle slices to Austria’s most popular postcard motif, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna is arguably Austria’s landmark par excellence. In this series, we present Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral in a way never seen before: Michaela Obermayer and Reinhard Bengesser take you on a 3D flight through the entire building, visit places with you that are otherwise inaccessible, and travel with you through the history of the building. But the stories surrounding St. Stephen’s Cathedral also play a central role, telling us about religion, customs and tradition, but also about power and politics, which made St. Stephen’s Cathedral a companion of Austria’s destiny.
Episode 5: Church tower with crecent moon
For a certain time, the “Steffl” was the highest stone building in Europe. That is why it also became the landmark of Vienna. Why a crescent moon was emblazoned on its top for more than a hundred years and what number symbolism played a role in its construction is examined in more detail in this episode.