Preparations for a wedding were under way as I walked past the Piaristenkirche - so I didn't actually get a peak at the interior, which I've been told is worth a visit. Maybe I should have crashed the ceremony - then I would have been able to hear the famed organ, which has been played on by a series of the greats, starting with Anton Bruckner in the late 19th century.
The Piarists were a prominent monastic brotherhood who in the 18th century were given a large tract of land outside the city wall during the reign of Emperor Josef I (1705-1711). The monastic church was designed by Baroque master Hildebrandt, and completed in 1753. Although now the Piaristenkirche is the midst of Vienna's urban bustle, it still feels very much the center of its own pietistic world.
"Christ, Hope of the World" - a new Church for the new Vienna of international agencies and multinational corporations. Vienna is more than a museum city, it is also a place subject to the forces of globalization, for better and for worse. It has some plenty of modern architecture and design, some of it mediocre, some of it breathtaking. I like this new church in Donaucity, not far from the UNO center. It was designed by contemporary Viennese architect Heinz Tesar, and is designated "Christ, Hope of the World." Isn't it interesting how the only traditionally Christian iconography on the church is the cross affixed to its side? I admire this design for its boldness; and also for the way it completely adheres to a certain idea of the "here and now" value of religion. It takes a certain "gumption" to carry out such an uncompromisingly abstract design only a few miles from the piles of the Ringstrasse.
The Altlerchenfelder Church (Parish Church of the Seven Sanctuaries, i.e. Trinity, Christ of the Cross, Holy Sacrament, Holy Virgin, Guardian Angels, All Saints, the Poor Souls in Purgatory) is a major work of the Romanticism (Romanesque Revival). The massive brickstone basilica was erected between 1848 and 1861 by famous architects like Paul Sprenger, J. G. Müller, Eduard van der Nüll, F. Sitte.
The extensive mural paintings in the sytle of the "Nazarener" were designed by J. von Führich and executed by Carl von Blaas, Eduard Ritter von Engerth, Leopold Kupelwieser and others.
Lerchenfelder Straße / Schottenfeldgasse, 7th District
This was one of my three favorite baroque churches in Austria. The others were both pilgrimage churches: St. Wolfgang in the Salzkammergut, and Wilten in Innsbruck. Those Baroque architect/designers were the equivalent of the high-thrills film directors of today.
This church dates from the Counter-Reformation, when the Jesuits were trying to ensure that any vestiges of Protestantism were firmly stamped out in Vienna. I didn't get a chance to look inside, but I've been told it is even more overpowering than the interior of the Dominican Church around the corner. Just across the square is the old University of Vienna.
The Leopoldskirche sits handsomely atop the Leopoldsberg - not really a mountain, but at an elevation of 425 meters it offers impressive views of the Danube Valley to the west. The church was built in the 1690s, during the reign of Emperor Leopold I - hence its name. It commemorates an all-important battle victory fought nearby - the imperial troops (and their Polish allies) defeated Turkish invaders who had occupied Vienna's western suburbs. For more on the Leopoldskirche - and the surrounding hills - see my travelogue "A Hike in the Vienna Woods."
Not far from Stephansdom stands Vienna's 2nd oldest church Peterskirche (St. Peter's Church).The present building was begun in 1702-1733 according to designs by Lukas von Hildebrandt.
This one seems to me an Orthodox church, it was not at the old city region so I assume it is not that old, but still, it looks beautiful
I have no idea about the background of this church so if someone knows about it please let me know ...
The base of the column features a latin inscription, praising the sponsors of the church and heralding God's bounty in inspiring its completion.
Get inside the Votivkirche (near by the Vienna University). It is one of the most beautiful churches in Vienna. And walk in the park in front of it.
Another of these wonderful church architectures: VOTIV-CHURCH
Similar to the Stephans-Dome: listen to the packing ORGAN-CONCERTS in evening!