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Karlskirche, Vienna

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#7 of 106 in Historic Sites in Vienna
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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Karlskirche, dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo, is famous for its ellipsoid dome and two flanking columns of bas-reliefs. Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI commissioned this 18th-century Baroque church one year after the last great plague epidemic. See the reliefs and frescoes illustrating the scenes from the life of the great 16th-century reformer. The columns, similar to the Trajan Column in Rome, act as symbols of imperial power. They recall the two columns that stood in front of the Temple at Jerusalem and the Pillars of Hercules. The church is the final resting place of the composer Antonio Vivaldi. A visit to Karlskirche represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Vienna trip itinerary maker tool to plot your vacation.
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  • Unfriendly staff at the counter, uninterested people who are supervising the visitors. Construction ongoing, a lot of grinding, scaffold-builders etc. €9,50 admission fee. It is not worth the money 
    Unfriendly staff at the counter, uninterested people who are supervising the visitors. Construction ongoing, a lot of grinding, scaffold-builders etc. €9,50 admission fee. It is not worth the money  more »
  • The Karlskirche is a bright church, both on the outside as well as in the interior. We were lucky enough to ride the temporary panorama elevator to see the city and church from a different angle. 
    The Karlskirche is a bright church, both on the outside as well as in the interior. We were lucky enough to ride the temporary panorama elevator to see the city and church from a different angle.  more »
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  • What an amazing church. You have to pay entrance fee. The panorama few with the elevator is unique and just till 2.11.22 there. It’s worth it. I really love the St. Agnes chapel just to sit and pray, meditate or be alone with your thoughts. I love the architecture and the spirit this place has for me. I could spend hours there just to sit and enjoy the music when they play the Orgel and look at the paintings
  • I am not going to lie: entering this church feels like entering heaven. We went there close to the opening so there was nearly nobody and it might be the best decision I have ever made. Few can rival Vienna's magnificent churches and this one is another proof of that. In addition to the main altar, the panoramic terrace of which we can observe the city is also gorgeous. Totally worth the entry fee.

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