C(l)ock of Steffl

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue October. 04, 2017 1564 views

I like to photograph clocks - everywhere and (of course) anytime. One day I will have caught all 24 hours! This clock was installed 1862 in the one of the former rose windows of the St. Stephen's (nickname: Steffl) cathedral in Vienna. The design with the symbols of vanitas, skull, balance and sword of judgment day, and the symbols of eternity, crown and the Uroborus snake, was created by R. Eisenmenger in the early 1960th. He added the text "in aeternam" (in eternity).

I like the clock, but I like the penis, which points at 18:30 h, even more. St. Stephan still has its male and female symbols, which are rare on other churches today. It's a reference to the balance between male and female. Truth to be told, this prominent sexual symbols of penis and vagina (left and right of the western entrance, "Riesentor") are often missing in tourist information about Steffl. This is wrong and stupid.

Vienna, St. Stephen's Cathedral

Vienna, St. Stephen's Cathedral

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Joe Zink 3 years, 6 months ago

I was concerned, at first, about "liking" this photo. It's the clock I like...with the "L".
smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Joe Zink 3 years, 6 months ago

smile smile smile  I like them both because they are both (more or less) unique!

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 6 months ago

So much symbolism in just one ornament is amazing. Thank you so much for your description of this beauty.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 6 months ago

Religion: nothing is just an ornament, everthing is always about symbolism. ghost

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Daanish Farhan 3 years, 6 months ago

Ooh wow! I love the design. Nice photo Sigrid!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Daanish Farhan 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks!

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