Churches and a Basement

My taste in church architecture runs towards the Gothic. Baroque is too much for me, so we opted to skip the Karlskirche in Vienna. (Sorry, Anne!) Of course we spent a good amount of time looking at St. Stephen’s in the center of the city where our podcast audio tour started. The first day we went, the skies were gray, but we returned on the last day with blue skies and retook photos of the glorious roof.

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While looking for this double-headed eagle, a lovely Austrian woman pointed us down a street and told us that the view was much better there, and she was right.

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You might have to click on this photo and look on the left column, just below the middle in order to see the cannonball that is lodged in the buttress from the Second Turkish siege in 1683.

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Not listed in many tour books, we went out of our way to find another gothic church, this one much smaller, called Maria am Gestade. The only reason I wanted to see it was that I wrote about it in my journal in 1980 as my favorite church. I think I was pretty enamored of the stained glass.

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Also because of my journal, I remembered a place that we ate called the Twelve Apostle Cellar (Zwölf Apostlekeller). We went down a flight of stairs into this centuries-old basement to enjoy some Viennese food, as well as some Sturm (the new wine in the fall which packs a punch).

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