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The Cathedral, the Crescent and the Crusaders - Babenberg's Vision for St. Stephen's
Year: 2019
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Manfred Corrine and Wolfgang Niedermair
Written by Wolfgang Niedermair

ORF III and embfilm funded by Verein "Unser Stephansdom", Austrian Television Fund, Vienna Film Fund and Land Niederösterreich
Available worldwide

Languages: German (ORIGINAL)

The Cathedral, the Crescent and the Crusaders - Babenberg's Vision for St. Stephen's

Der Dom, der Halbmond und die Kreuzritter - Babenbergs Visionen für St. Stephan

When we think of St. Stephen's today, we think of the Gothic cathedral towering up before us into the sky. But the history of this place of worship began much earlier. Just as the House of Babenburg was trying to win back the Holy Land, St. Stephen's Church rose up at the gates of the city of Vienna. Leopold V had the Stephansplatz square and the Graben built with the ransom money that he collected for Richard the Lionheart. Leopold VI modelled the Virgilius Chapel on Middle Eastern cave churches, and it was at that time that the plan developed to elevate St. Stephen's to a bishopric and Vienna to the capital of the Babenberg dynasty. However, both plans only came to fruition under a much later Habsburg ruler. This documentary takes a look at the time when Austria's rulers dreamed of making it a holy empire.
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