St. Stephen's Cathedral is the "mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese" and is considered the most important religious building in Vienna. The current Romanesque and Gothic form of the cathedral stands on the ruins of two earlier churches and the roof is made up of 230,000 multi-colored and ornately patterned 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 empire ruled from Vienna by the Habsburg dynasty. On the north side the coats of arms of the City of Vienna and of the Republic of Austria are depicted. The roof is so steep that it is sufficiently cleaned by the rain alone and is seldom covered by snow."
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