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We have been exploring Vienna for almost 3 days now, and have
discovered many unique qualities of the city. The following paragraphs describe
my feelings about the amazing place.
You enter the city and don't know what to expect. No one in your family
has been to famous Vienna before, and you are left with a couple of books
and curiosity to discover the city. You walk down the streets with your tiny
map and help lead your family to Vienna's most important landmark-St. Stephen's
cathedral. You turn a corner and then suddenly the incredible landmark is
in front of you. In front of your very eyes is the cathedral whose tall tower
can be seen from almost every place in Vienna. You immediately stare upwards
at the enormous tower with its beautiful carvings all coming together to form
the pointy steeple. There is not a single spot where the stone isn't carved
in some way. You feel unwilling to take your eyes off this masterpiece, but
soon realize that the entire cathedral is gorgeous. As you look a little further
down you see these wonderful mosaic tiles all forming a rainbow like effect.
Down lower are more beautiful carvings that form a jagged arch structure all
decorated with old statues. They are almost frightening with their medieval
look. It's just how you imagined a medieval cathedral
very similar to
Disney's version of Notre Dame. It has the frightening gargoyles and giant
bell tower. On the ground around the cathedral are tons of horse carriages
with groups of people loading into them. You then look away from the cathedral
towards the busy streets expecting everyone else to be looking at the masterpiece.
To your surprise hardly anyone is focused on it. The majority of the people
are just walking down the streets getting groceries and other supplies. The
cathedral is just part of their life-they are used to this enormous piece
of architecture in front of them.
You and your family then decide to explore the many pedestrian streets branching
out from the cathedral. You walk down the wide walkways and notice many shops
and grocery stores where citizens are buying daily supplies. You see many
public fountains with people all lined up to get a drink on this unbearably
hot day. You see street performers, ice cream bikes and puppet stands in between
the walkways. It is an amazing scene. Built around and above the shops are
old buildings dating back to the medieval and Renaissance times. At the end
of the walkways are unusually large dome buildings surrounded by many flowers
and fountains. As you walk down the streets you are in a way traveling through
time. Hundreds of years of history can be crammed into one little square.
It's really interesting to see a very old building such as one from the Renaissance
period next to a modern day building from the nineteen hundreds. It was a
great way to compare the architecture from these two different periods of
time. As you look around you conclude once again that Vienna's citizens don't
find these things very exotic as we would in the United States. They are more
focused on the modern buildings as you would see everywhere in major US cities.
|For this reason you aren't particularly focused on the modern buildings.
Vienna is incredible and in many ways magical. The atmosphere of this large
historical city is unforgettable. It's different from every city out there
are all special in their own ways.