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View of the main niche of St. Vergilius Chapel
© Wien Museum, Foto: Kollektiv Fischka/Kramar mit Sabine Wolf

Medieval Vergilius Chapel

It is somewhat unusual: a medieval chapel in an underground station. But the Vergilius Chapel was only discovered in the course of building the underground in 1973, and is now a part of the Stephansplatz U3/U1 station. After a long renovation, it was opened in December 2015. The chapel was originally built in 1220/30 as a substructure for a planned chapel in the early Gothic style. In about 1246, the chapel was fitted out with murals and Celtic crosses in the niches. Later on, the Maria Magdalena Church was built over it. The church no longer exists today, but its outlines are still visible in the pavement around St. Stephen’s Square. The original building served a rich Viennese merchant family as a devotional chapel. Among other things, it included an altar for St. Vergilius (for which the chapel is named).

In the room next to the Vergilius Chapel, there is now a compact permanent exhibition about medieval Vienna. It centers on the chapel itself, its construction and possible use, but also its position in the shadow of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. A focal point is the spatial development of Vienna, from its Roman roots to the 16th century.

Vergilius Chapel

Stephansplatz, U-Bahnstation/metro station
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -30%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 5€

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 18:00
    • December 24 & 31: 10 am - 2 pm. Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 25 December

  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Parking spaces near by: Singerstrasse 7 and 12–16 and Spiegelgasse 3–11.

    • Comments

      Barrier-free access using the elevators of the Wiener Linien. One elevator (Stephansplatz/Haas Haus) leads to the ticket counter and shop area – When purchasing a ticket, inform the staff that you need barrier-free access. Continue to the subway lift on level U3 (towards Simmering) for barrier-free access to the chapel. The exhibition area and chapel are wheelchair-accessible. Service dogs are permitted.

      Layout plan (available at the ticket counter): PDF Download

View of the main niche of St. Vergilius Chapel
View of the main niche of St. Vergilius Chapel © Wien Museum, Foto: Kollektiv Fischka/Kramar mit Sabine Wolf
View of St. Vergilius Chapel
View of St. Vergilius Chapel © Wien Museum, Foto: Kollektiv Fischka/Kramar mit Sabine Wolf
Murals in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, before 1350
Murals in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, before 1350 © Wien Museum