Jesuit Church - Jesuitenkirche, Vienna

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    Jesuitenkirche

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 28, 2013

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    I just can't explain how it happened but when I came back home have realized that all my pictures of the interiors disappeared. I felt so bad about it because the interiors of the Jesuitenkirche is magnificent.
    The Jesuit Church, built between 1623 and 1627, also known as the university church, was influenced by early Baroque principles which is characterized by richly adorned interiors. It was later on remodeled by Andrea Pozzo between 1703 and 1705. The church, located in Dr. Ignaz Seipelplatz, was built on the site of an earlier chapel, at the time when the Jesuits merged their own college with the university of Vienna's philosophy and theology faculty. The emperor broke ground for both college and church, with the church itself dedicated to saints Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier.
    In 1703 brother Andrea Pozzo, who was architect, painter and sculptor, and a master in the Quadratura (illusionistic ceiling paintings) which was the tradition in Renaissance, Baroque and Roccoco, was requested by Emperor Leopold I to redecorate the church. Pozzo added twin towers and reworked the facade in an early Baroque style. After the completion of relatively austere exterior works, the church was re-dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. The interior is renarkably opulent with marble pillars, gilding and a number of allegorical ceiling frescoes. The remarkable dome, executed by Andrea Pozzo in 1703, painted on a flat part of the ceiling, is a real masterpiece.

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    Baroque from Andrea Pozzo.

    by breughel Updated Jun 28, 2013

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    Baroque is a delicate art that needs an absolute mastery.
    I found that mastery in Rome with Bernini and Borromini, among others, but less in Vienna even if the church of the Jesuits is the work of Andrea Pozzo, whose mastery of perspective and trompe l'oeil in decorating Baroque churches in Italy is well known. He made the immense fresco in trompe l'oeil of the vault of the church of St. Ignatius Loyola and the Chapel of St. Ignatius in the Church of the Jesù in Rome.
    Andrea Pozzo, himself a Jesuit, was invited to Vienna in 1703 by Emperor Leopold I to decorate this church located next to the Jesuits College that was merged with the University of Vienna's faculty of philosophy and theology. He created the remarkable trompe l'oeil dome, painted on a flat part of the ceiling, similar to that of St. Ignatius in Rome.
    His work is technically extraordinary because the church is oriented north so that the interior lighting is low and Pozzo has corrected this by various tricks like mirrors hidden for the visitors.
    The decor is opulent. The fake marble (stucco) columns have rather unnatural colors so that I felt some excess, especially when facing these green spiral columns which I think was not the best produced in the field of baroque art.

    I much more appreciated the exterior facade that was built around 1630 by an unknown architect. The two towers were added by Pozzo.
    The organ is remarkable but new made by Späth Orgel in 2004.
    Open: 7 - 19 h.

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    Chuch of the Jesuits

    by Jefie Updated Jan 7, 2013

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    This church is also known as "University Church" because it is located next to the Academy of Sciences, which was the main building of the old University of Vienna. The Jesuits ruled the university at the time and decided to have a new church built next to it in 1620. The church was built during the decade that followed and at the beginning of the 18th century the Jesuits hired an Italian architect to remodel and redecorate it. They hoped the new lavish design would reflect the important status the Jesuit order had gained in Vienna. The church's two towers were added at that time and when it turned out that a dome could not be added without damaging the original structure, the trompe l'oeil technique was used to paint one on the church's flat ceiling. Whereas the facade is relatively bare, the interior offers a somptuous symphony of predominantly pink marble and golden details.

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    Jesuitenkirche

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jul 1, 2011

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    This church was licensed for the Jesuit order in Vienna and built from 1703.

    The ceiling paintings are remarkable, and the church features a fake "cupola".

    It is also known under the name "Universitätskirche", located at the Dr. Ignaz-Seipel-Platz.

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    Jesuit church

    by Raimix Updated Feb 25, 2011

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    This church is one of the creations of Jesuits in the whole Europe. One of the strange things here is the dome. From the exterior it seems church doesn’t have dome at all, only two towers. Inside is different - the architect wanted to trick people and the inside is painted as it have doom.

    As you look to the ceiling of this church, seems it have one big dome.

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    Dazzling splendour inside the Jesuites church

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Nov 20, 2007
    So beautiful that you don't know where to look 1st
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    Hidden between the narrow alleys of the old inner city of Vienna, near the original buildings of the University, a secret of mejastic beauty is inside the Jesuit church. This church, quiet modest from the outside, is of amazing glory on the inside, where the architects have not spared one pfennig to create a extremely rich and colourful interior. Albaster, marble, plated gold, silver, fine wood works and colourful paintings will make you had spin.

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    Jesuitenkirche - Interior **

    by filipdebont Written May 26, 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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    Jesuitenkirche **

    by filipdebont Written May 26, 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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