Teach Through Educational Travel: St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
- The cathedral has a long history. Mozart attended this church! Read the historical timeline and discuss the immense amount of labor – and belief – involved in building, repairing, and maintaining the cathedral. Learn about the meaning of “O5” carved in the doors of the cathedral. What other symbols are scattered throughout the cathedral?
- Watch this video by travel writer Rick Steves. What interests you most about the cathedral? Look at 2:05 and 2:30 in the video – are you surprised by the humor in these marble sculptures?
- Listen to the sounds of the cathedral (called Gelaut der Pummerin). The bell is called Pummerin (Boomer)! Learn more about the bells, and discuss the role of bells in the cathedral. Were they used to call people to worship? To remind citizens of the cathedral? Or something else?
- The cathedral has a famous, colorful roof. There is also a weathercock located on the back roof, for protection from the devil. And, there is artwork located both inside and out. Look at these highlights – which is your favorite? Why?