Wien and the Winter Solstice

5 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2017

Date Written: January 15, 2017


Here we discuss the orientation of the Wien Innere Stadt, of the Stephansdom and Ruprechtskirche, with respect to the sunrise on winter solstice. Let us note that the Innere Stadt corresponds to the ancient Roman town of Vindobona. Probably, like some other Roman towns, Vindobona had its decumanus aligned along the direction of the sunrise on winter solstice, and a remainder of this alignment is in the Stephansdom and Ruprechtskirche orientations along this sunrise direction.

Keywords: Archaeology, Archaeoastronomy, Roman Empire, Roman Town Planning, Vindobona, Satellite images, Google Earth, Orientation, Photographer’s Ephemeris, SunCalc

Suggested Citation

Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina, Wien and the Winter Solstice (January 15, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna (Contact Author)

Polytechnic University of Turin ( email )

Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
Torino, Torino 10129

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