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    The south tower

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    The steeple room

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    The, for the time, gigantic height of the south tower is advantageous, not only for the army commander Rüdiger, count of Starhemberg during the Turkish siege of 1683; as early as 1534 a Viennese fireman is stationed in a small steeple room to keep a round-the-clock watch for blazes from a height of 72m. In the event of a fire, a hand written note is sent down a tube to the tower master, who, in turn, notifies the fire brigade. In fact this duty is performed until December 31, 1955.