Am Hof, Vienna

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    Circus on main circus in Inner Stadt

    by Odiseya Written Feb 14, 2014
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    Am Hof is the largest square in the Vienna city center. Surrounding with classical buildings there is a small circus. It was surprising to see this. Even that there is no evidence that something interesting happens here. Although, I didn't stay long enough to find out is it this truth or not.

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    Am Hof

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 18, 2014

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    Der Plath Am Hof means "By the Court" because the site was once occupied by the original court of the Babenberg Dukes who ruled Austria in the Middle Ages.
    It is the biggest open space in the inner city of Vienna although it doesn't seem so because of the permanent reconstruction works and containers clogging the whole space. In addition, the square is littered with an ugly looking small circus that odds with the elegant facades of buildings enclosing the square.

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    Mariensaule - Holly Mary Column

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 3, 2013

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    Mariensaule (Holy Mary Column) was commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinad III to thank Mary for repelling the Swedish forces during the 30 Years' War (1618.1648). Initially religion was a motivation for war, Protestant against Catholic states, involving most of the great powers of Europe, but in its general phase the war became a continuation of the Bourbon-Habsburg rivalry.
    The column was completed in 1667 after a design by Carlo Carlone, the Italian architect who rebuilt the Kirche am Hof. The black column, topped with a statue of the Virgin Mary, is surrounded by four cherubs clad in armor. The cherubs fight against the lion, a serpent, a dragon and a basilisk, representing war, heresy, hunger and the Plague.

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    Am Hof church

    by Raimix Updated Nov 2, 2013

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    This church stand on the place, where former castle of Henry II Jasomirgott was standing here, and Roman garrison foundations even earlier. Later the place was known for church location, at first as medieval church and from 1662 as Baroque.

    The interesting fact tells, that, when Vienna was occupied by Napoleon, he told a speech for balcony of church about the end of Holy Roman empire.

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    Historic square in Vienna

    by Jefie Updated Nov 17, 2012

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    Am Hof is one of the largest squares in Vienna. Originally, it was the site of a Roman garrison. Later, it became a market place, and a site for public executions.The city's first Christmas market was held there in 1842. The Baroque facade of Kirche am Hof is perhaps one of the square's nicest features. This Catholic church was founded by the Carmelite order in the 14th century, although the facade dates back to 1662. The rest of the chuch is Gothic in style with a neo-classical altar that is dominated by a painting of the Virgin Mary. Kirche am Hof is dedicated to the "Nine Choirs of Angels" and is mostly frequented by the city's Croatian community. Another attraction that draws visitors to the square is Collato Palace. This is where Mozart made his very first public appearance in 1762, at the age of six, which established his reputation as child prodigy.

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    Works at "Am Hof".

    by breughel Written Oct 18, 2012

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    This year 2012 there wasn't much nice to see at the Am Hof square: works all over, the church "Neun Chöre der Engel" (Nine angel's choir church) hidden under a canvas and apparently closed.
    Consequently no photos taken. We will have to visit the church another year.

    The only thing we could see was the Feuerwher-Zentrale (Fire brigade) and we had seen them at work on a fire in a commercial building in the Rotenturmstrasse. See my tip under "warning and danger".

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    Kirche Am Hof

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 16, 2011

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    Kirche Am Hof was the site from where in 1804 Emperor Franz II proclaimed the end of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation. Originally the church was built in the 14th century and its core is still preserved in the onteriors, but its present exterior look is in Baroque style. Actually, the interior of this church is a coktail of different styles and pretty inattractive.
    The central part of Am Hof Square is occupied by a Mariensaule (Column of Mary), built by Emperor Ferdinand III, upon the occasion of beating the Swedish forces in the 30 years war.
    Am Hof (by the court) is the bigger open space in the inner city occupied by market stalls selling crafts, books and antiques.

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    Kirche am Hof

    by gubbi1 Updated Jun 19, 2010

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    Beside its very beautiful inside the church resp. its loggia outside has seen several important events in history.

    Pope Pius was once in Vienna to convince Emperor Joseph II. to take back the church reformation, which would cause to closing of monastries. But he did not succeed. Before he left Vienna he had spent the 'Urbi et Orbi' to the people that had gathered in front of the church on that Easter sunday in the year 1782.

    In 1806 a speach from the loggia declared the independence of Austria and ended therefore the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation which had existed for more than half a thousand years.

    Pope John II followed 1983 in the foot steps of Pope Pius and also spent the 'Urbi et Orbi' during a visit to Vienna from this church.

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    Great architecture at Am Hof **

    by filipdebont Written May 25, 2006

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    Day 4 : Stephansdom area

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    bedankt voor uw bezoek en tot nog eens.

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    Thanks for your visit and you are welcome to revisit later on

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    Am Hof **

    by filipdebont Written May 25, 2006

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    Day 4 : Stephansdom area

    Enkel de foto werd gepost, in afwachting van de informatie, deze informatie komt wat later.

    bedankt voor uw bezoek en tot nog eens.

    I have just posted the photograph, the text with more information will follow later on

    Thanks for your visit and you are welcome to revisit later on

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    Am Hof

    by Zo72 Written Oct 24, 2003

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    Square Am Hof is he oldest part of Vienna and in my opinion one of the most beautiful squres. Church Am Hof is well worth visiting. Some of the street manifestations and open concerts take place here. It is worth to explore narrow streets to the northeast of Am Hof around church and towards Judenplatz and Petersplatz.

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    Kirche Am Hof ~ The Nine Angelic Choirs Church

    by Audrey118 Written Jun 30, 2003
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    This was the place where Pope Pius VI gave the easter blessing during his Wien visit, it is also here that the Emperor Francis I announced his coronation in 1804 and it was here where he relinguished the German crown.

    Originally it was built by the Carmelites.

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