Dom St Stephan
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Dom St Stephan information
Lonely Planet review
The green onion domes of Passau's Dom St Stephan float serenely above the town's silhouette. There's been a church in this spot since the late 5th century, but what you see today is much younger thanks to the great fire of 1662, which ravaged much of the medieval town, including the ancient cathedral. The rebuilding job went to a team of Italians, notably the architect Carlo Lurago and the stucco master Giovanni Battista Carlone. The result is a rather top-heavy baroque interior with a pious mob of saints and cherubs gazing down at the congregation from countless cornices, capitals and archways.
The building's acoustics are perfect for its pièce de résistance, the world's largest organ above the main entrance, which contains an astonishing 17,974 pipes. Half-hour organ recitals take place at noon daily Monday to Saturday (adult/child €4/2) and at 7.30pm on Thursday (adult/child €5/3) from May to October and for a week around Christmas. Show up at least 30 minutes early to ensure you get a seat.