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View of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria

Photograph | Photograph Number: 41003

View of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria

The handwritten caption on the back of the photograph reads: "St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, as seen from Stock im Eisen place."

Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral), the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna, Austria, and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, as seen from the Stock-im-Eisen-Platz. The most important religious building in Vienna, St. Stephen's Cathedral is one of the city's most recognizable symbols. During World War II, the cathedral was saved from intentional destruction at the hands of retreating German forces when Captain Gerhard Klinkicht disregarded orders from the city commandant, Josef Dietrich, to "fire a hundred shells and leave it in just debris and ashes." On April 12, 1945, civilian looters lit fires in nearby shops as Soviet Army troops entered the city. The winds carried the fire to the cathedral where it severely damaged the roof, causing it to collapse. Rebuilding began immediately, with a limited reopening on December 12, 1948 and a full reopening on April 23, 1952.

Henry C. Steeber
Circa 1945 - 1949
Vienna, Austria
Variant Locale
Record last modified: 2016-07-25 00:00:00
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