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-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 81

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photos taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own images with an up or down perspective.


I was in Vienna last week and although I’ve  visited a few times before, I can’t possible tire of the architectural finesse of the Cathedral.  Stephansdom (St Stephens Cathedral) is  the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna.  It dominates the old town of Vienna with its dizzying tower, its Romanesque and Gothic details and its striking geometric patterned roof.

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Standing at 136 metres tall and affectionately referred to by the city’s inhabitants as “Steffl” (a diminutive form of “Stephen”), Stephansdom’s huge south tower is its highest point and an instantly recognisable feature of the Vienna skyline.

The richly coloured roof is covered by 230,000 glazed tiles. Above the choir, on the south side of the building, the tiles form a mosaic of the double-headed eagle that is symbolic of the Habsburg dynasty. On the north side, the tiles depict the coats of arms of the City of Vienna and of the Republic of Austria.

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The Challenge

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Welcome to week 81 and a huge thank you to all who participated last week.  This week I have 2 special picks:  I am grateful to EmCi for taking me on a ride on the Riesenrad in Vienna as I didn’t manage to fit that into last week’s trip; and I have to give a special hello to Mancunian Wave for bringing Manchester (one of my favourite UK cities) to the challenge.

All are welcome to join this challenge; do please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and click above to enter your link and view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will normally be open for one week.

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Posted by Debbie Smyth, 18 March 2015aDSC_0636_pp

19 replies »

    • It’s well worth a visit. The main problem was the rain – hard to take up views when the rain is coming down onto the lens.

      On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 10:28 AM, Travel with Intent wrote:



    • It’s extremely beautiful and I was pleased to see it’s modern, more relaxed side in the street art areas. But I didn’t feel I got under its skin. It may be because the bad weather meant I kept moving – either to get out of the rain, or to stop my blood from freezing! – and everyone else was doing the same. I may be back there late in the summer and it will be interesting to see how different a trip that is.

      On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 7:59 AM, Travel with Intent wrote:



  1. Beautiful and stunning architecture! I actually like the smaller tower more:) Vienna- a beautiful city one never gets tired of (except for the prices:) )


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