|St Stephen's Cathedral, ("Stephansdom") Vienna|
|Looking down the central aisle towards the altar|
|The organ (1960, rebuilt 1991) and a stained glass window|
|View from the platform near the top of the North Tower|
|Coloured roofing tiles. As the roof is steeply pitched snow rarely accumulates.|
|Overnight the fog rolled in, obscuring the details on the roof. The|
double-headed eagle was the symbol of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
In the evening we attended a short concert for organ and soprano and can attest that the organ has a particular fine sound.
|The Baroque decorations on and around the altar.|
|The pulpit of Peterskirche|
|The organ loft and singers' gallery of Peterskirche.|
It was a surprise to find that the famous "Anker Clock" in Hohermarkt was only completed in 1914. It looks older than that, partly because of the choice of characters chosen to parade across the face of the clock at midday. A different historical figure is displayed on the clock for each hour and you can see the next and the previous figures coming and going. At 12 noon the musical clock plays a tune (including seasonal tunes at Christmas) and all 12 figures parade slowly across the face. Some of the names would only be known to local people with a sense of history but others are more widely know. These include (Roman) Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Charlemagne, Empress Maria Theresia and Mr Joseph Haydn.
|The clock above the laneway. Joseph Haydn is waiting in the wings to appear.|
|Female figure - that must be the Empress Maria Theresia|
|The Secession Building façade with the motto of the movement:|
"To every age its art, to every art its freedom"
|This elegant building which would look right at home in Paris|
looks over both the Naschmarkt and the secession Building.
|The entrance to one section of the market.|
|Wooden barrels of sauerkraut and of pickled gherkins in the market.|
|The dome and the top of the right column, Karlskirche.|
|An angel holds a cross at the entrance to the church.|
|These little cherubic figures around the base of this monument |
seem strangely at odds with the figure above them.
|The memorial to Beethoven was unveiled in 1880, over 50 years|
after his death. The pose (with slight scowl) is a little reminiscent
of Michelangelo's famous statue of "Moses" in Rome.
|Beethoven's statue is in his very own "square"|
|Johann Strauss II, the "Viennese Waltz King".|
I prefer the massive solemnity of the Beethoven bronze to glitzy gold.
|The Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)|
|Robert Stolz (1880-1975)|
Songwriter, composer, conductor.
|Composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828)|
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (1858)
|Griechenbeisl nestles beside the Orthodox Church|
|The famous popular song "Oh du lieber Augustin"|
is believed to have been composed and sung here.
With full stomachs we returned to our hotel to prepare for the next day.
Paul & Judy