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    Circus on main circus in Inner Stadt

    by Odiseya Updated Aug 17, 2014

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    Am Hof is the largest square in the Vienna city center. Surrounding with classical buildings there is a theater that looks like a 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. It was very crowded.

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    Am Hof

    by toonsarah Written Jul 5, 2014

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    This is the largest square in the inner city. In former times it was the scene of jousting tournaments which took place in front of the castle residence of the dukes of Austria. Later it was a market square for this part of the city, and a place of execution. It is dominated by a large white church, the Carmelite Kirche am Hof, from whose balcony in 1806 the end of the Holy Roman Empire was declared by a herald, after Napoleon had occupied Vienna. More recently Pope John Paul II gave an Easter blessing from here, and his successor Pope Benedict attempted to mark one of the Stations of the Cross here on his visit to Vienna, in front of 7,000 people – but torrential rain damaged both microphone and video screens, leading to his address being abandoned.

    Unfortunately when we were here the church was in heavy shade and I didn’t take any photos. But another of the square’s main features was in bright sun – the Mariensäule or Maria Column, seen in my first two photos. This was commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor, Ferdinand III, to thank the Virgin Mary for her aid in repelling the Swedish forces during the 30 Years' War. She stands at the top of the granite column and is surrounded by four cherubs clad in armour who are depicted fighting against a lion, a serpent, a dragon and a basilisk, representing war, heresy, hunger and the plague.

    The building you can see behind the Mariensäule in my main photo, and in photo three, is the Bürgerliches Zeughaus, originally built in 1530 as an arsenal, and with a Baroque facade added in 1732. I have not been able to identify the building in photo four, which sits in the southernmost corner of the square, but I really like it!

    When we were here (June 2014) a temporary theatre had been erected in the centre of the square, and there were also some small stalls selling various crafts. At Christmas it is the venue for a large Christkindlmarkt.

    Next tip: another square, the Judenplatz

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    AM HOF SQUARE

    by balhannah Written May 24, 2014

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    The "Am Hof square" is in the middle of the old city of Vienna at the end of Naglergasse.
    It was here, the Babenbergs resided until the Habsburgs moved into the Babenberg residence in 1280.
    This square in the 14th century, was where you would come to buy fresh fish and crabs from the market held her. fish and crab market. Other food was sold too, like fruit & vegetables, pastries and bread. Until the 15th century, this area was part of the Jewish ghetto.

    This is a square with quite a few historic buildings. I have previously mentioned some, others to be seen are the Palais Collalto, famous for being where a 6yr old Mozart performed with his sister here for the first time publicly.

    The Urbanihaus was built around 1640 has a beautiful facade with a circular bay window on the first floor and the Mother of God relief above it.

    In one of the 14th century houses here, projectiles of the Turkish guns were found and taken. Such a ball was gold plated and is attached as a decoration piece on the house wall.

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    THE IMPERIAL ARMOURY @ AM HOF SQUARE

    by balhannah Updated May 24, 2014

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    Bringing to my attention that this building was important, was seeing the Viennese flag flying. The building was named "Bürgerliches Zeughaus" or "People′s Armoury," or "Imperial Army."
    In 1562, the armoury was built on the site of the former Jewish meat Court.
    Later it was extended so large guns and artillery, plus the weapons of the local people could be stored here. It was in 1848 and during the Revolution, the revolutionaries stormed the building and armed themselves with the stored weapons. During the Revolution, it was the seat of the National Guard.

    The Baroque architect, "Captain Anton Ospel" was commissioned to design the facade of the armory again. It certainly had a very opulent façade which even included a gilded cannon ball that belonged to the Turkish army, it was found in the building after the Turkish defeat. An extra large double-headed eagle with the arms of the city of Vienna is situated on the facade, and above the pediment, are the allegorical figures of perseverance and strength, carrying a golden globe.

    The Imperial Armoury is situated on the Am Hof Square and now used as an arsenal for the Vienna fire brigade.

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    MARKLEINSCHES HOUSE

    by balhannah Written May 24, 2014

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    Am Hof is the largest square in the inner city of Vienna. Surrounding the square are many buildings of historical interest.

    ~~~~~~~~~~Märkleinsches House~~~~~~~~~

    Is located at Am Hof 7

    Märkleinsches house was built in the years 1727-1730. The house is an amazing seven storeys high at the back and five storeys on the side. At one time, this building was the tallest residential building in Vienna. The Baroque portals had to be demolished in 1933 to make the garage doors for the garage of the Vienna fire brigade.

    The Vienna Fire Museum is located here and is FREE ENTRY.
    The exhibition rooms are located on the first floor, including a large hall with an impressive stucco ceiling from the first half of the 18th century. Over a space of eight showrooms, you can see historical uniforms, equipment, photographs, paintings and more.
    The historic vehicles of the fire brigade Vienna are on display in the main fire station Floridsdorf. There they can be visited by prior arrangement by phone +43 1531 99-51207.

    Opening times: Sundays and public holidays 9-12 clock
    ADMISSION IS FREE
    A leaflet about the museum is available on site.

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    MARIAN COLUMN

    by balhannah Written May 24, 2014

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    In front of Kirche am Hof stands the Mariensäule (Marian Column). I couldn't get a good look at it, as in early May a festival was about to happen and this column was surrounded with boxes, fences, etc. How-ever, I could see that for a change, it was a black column topped with a statue of the Virgin Mary. There are four cherubs clad in armour who fight against a lion, a serpent, a dragon and a basilisk (a legendary creature) representing war, heresy, hunger and the Plague.

    The column was commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III and built between 1664 - 1667, to thank Mary for repelling the Swedish forces during the 30 Years' War.

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    CHURCH OF THE NINE CHOIRS OF ANGELS

    by balhannah Written May 24, 2014

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    Also known as Kirche am Hof, this Church was built between 1386-1403 on the east side of the square Am Hof, in the first district of Vienna, Innere Stadt .
    The Church was founded in 1386 by the Carmelite order, but in 1554, the Jesuits took over the Church.
    It has an early baroque balcony, from where in 1806, after Napoleon had occupied Vienna, the end of the Holy Roman Empire was declared from.
    After the dissolution of the Jesuit Order in 1773, it became a garrison church . In 1782, Pope Pius VI gave an Easter blessing from the facade balconies.

    The church now serves as a church of the Croatian community in Vienna.

    Inside, is a Neoclassical altar with Madonna representation The altar is one of the most important works of Gothic Realism in Austria.

    At the time, renovations were being carried out and the square was getting ready for a festival and in quite a mess!

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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

    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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