Maria am Gestade Church - Vienna
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Traditionally, Maria am Gestade was the church of sailors that worked on the docks of the Danube. The name refers to the 'Gestade' or shores of the Danube - which extended until the base of the hill before it was trained and the city was fortified. Local Viennese like Maria am Gestaade for its plain 'Gothicness' and the unpretentious impression it makes. It is assumed that the site has been occupied by a church as early as the 9th century. If this was to be the case, it was probably a simple wooden chapel used by fishermen and local settlers.
The most characteristic feature of Maria am Gestade is the tower, which symbolizes a crown for the Virgin Mary. Have a look at the interior - it is a combination of artwork from the 14th and 15th century and facsimiles from the 20th century. The light that falls through the stained glasses is absolutely amazing!
After visiting this sight it is best to stroll around in the former Jewish District of Vienna. You will find nice restaurants and cafes to sit and enjoy a break. Most of this part of Vienna is pedestrian and the architecture dates from medieval times. It has a magical silence and you will find a quite corner to relax after a stressful day out sightseeing.
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