Sunday 3 May 2009

UNESCO WHS week: Vienna

Postmarked Wien, dated 23 April 2009.
Wien - Stephansdom
Vienna - St Stephen's Cathedral.

Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. 
 St Stephen's Cathedral is in the heart of Vienna and stands on the ruins of two previous churches.  The north tower was originally desinged to match the massive south tower, but the building was stopped.

When I was 14, I was sent to stay with a family who lived just outside Vienna.  I was taken to see so many beautiful places in the city, the cathedral being one of them.
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  1. Wow! I am glad to have found you! How wonderful that you've posted a postcard a day. I'm going to be back. Thank you so much for sharing them, and the history behind them.

  2. My pleasure Beth, you're very welcome. :)

  3. One day I have to get to Vienna...


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