Karlskirche - St Charles Church, Vienna

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    Built by Emporer Karl VI

    by gordonilla Written Sep 25, 2006
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    The church was founded by Emporer Karl VI in 1716, in thanks for the ending of the black death. The imaginative conception of the church is often considered the high water mark of Austria's baroque church architrecture.The two copies of the Trajan Columns frame the landmark copper dome of the church.

    The architects, Fischer von Erlach and his son, set the church outside the crowded city centre; and it is now argued that the orginal thoughts of how it should be seen have been spoiled by the newer buildings set around it and Karlsplatz.

    Although founded by Emporer Karl, it is the life of St Karl Booromaus to whom the church is dedicated.

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  • Baroque at its best

    by sabsi Written Sep 10, 2006

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    Probably the nicest church of Vienna is Karlskirche. You can see its dome from far away in quite a few areas around Karlsplatz, it seems to attract you to come over and see more of it. The church was built after the black death had caused tens of thousands of victims in the 18th century. It's the biggest baroque building north of the Alps.

    Unfortunately there is a fee charged to enter the church. As I mentioned here several times already, I don't pay for churches. So I can't tell you what it looks like inside. I bet it's impressive though...

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    Naschmarkt

    by filipdebont Written May 27, 2006

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    Day 5 : Karlsplatz

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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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    Secession Building **

    by filipdebont Written May 27, 2006

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    Day 5 : Karlsplatz

    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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    Karlskirche

    by mary2u99 Updated Mar 23, 2006

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    Karlskirche is the famous baroque church in Vienna and was built to honor Saint Borromeo. The project was of Johann Fischer von Erlach.

    In winter there is the Christmas market (Christkindlmarkts) and it was worth a visit especially to warm yourself with some 'Gluhwein' which is bursting with spicy flavors. The Christmas markets also have some wooden handcrafted gifts, food like sausages, pretzels, gingerbread, nuts and etc.

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    Karlskirche

    by antistar Written Mar 18, 2006

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    This magnificent baroque church hadn't even been on my tourist radar at first, given the vast array of alternative sights to steal my attention. However, after happening upon an article at the Daily Telegraph on the wonders of Vienna, I saw that Nicholas Parson (author of the Blue Guide Austria) had this answer to the question: What's the first thing you do when you return?.

    "Walk to the Karlsplatz to see Fischer von Erlach's matchless Karlskirche, a triumph of high baroque fronted by two replica Roman columns. It's even better lit up at night; and better still on a snowy evening."

    Well it just so happened that it was snowing when I read that. And I had a gap in my schedule for the last evening in Vienna, so I headed down to Karlsplatz to catch one of Vienna's most amazing views. Something I may never glimpse on any other visit.

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    by MishyM Written Mar 1, 2006

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    The Karlskirche is a beautiful church located in the city centre of Vienna, and was designed by Johann Fischer von Erlach, begun in 1715 and finished in 1737.

    It was dedicated to the saint Carlo Borromeo and commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI after Vienna was delivered from the plaque. Karlskirche is one of the most striking features of Vienna, and is certainly worth seeing in person.

    Two of the churches most striking features are its columns on either side of the church itself. These are said to be modelled on the pillars of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius in Rome and are said to represent Austrian imperialism.

    I was told many time to visit this beautiful church, but it wasn?t until I had lived in Vienna for 3 months that I found the time to do so, and I am very glad I did, as I have seen few churches since that are so unique and appealing in appearance, inside and out.

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    The Church Of St. Karl

    by viddra Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    Karlskirche (the St. Karl's Church) is another must-do when you're in Vienna. It's a combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine elements. The church was built in 1716-1737 and dedicated to St. Karl Borromeo. Its 2.47m-high columns are decorated with scenes from his life.

    You'll also have a chance to go up into the cupola and take a close look at beautiful frescoes.

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    Church of St Charles

    by fishandchips Written Jan 23, 2006

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    Emperor Charles VI vowed to build this church if the black plague stopped. Construction on Karlskirche, dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo, began in 1716. Rottmayr painted many of the frescoes inside the church. The green copper dome is 72m (236 ft.) high, a dramatic landmark on the Viennese skyline. Two columns, spinoffs from Trajan's Column in Rome, flank the front of the church, which opens onto Karlsplatz. There's also a sculpture by Henry Moore in a little pool. All in all it is a very interesting place to visit.

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    another church-visit: Karlskirche

    by Escadora7 Updated Dec 19, 2005

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    I grew up in Vienna, but never actually visited the Karlskirche until last year, when Ash, my mom, and I decided to see it close-up (she had lived in Vienna for about 40 years and hadn't seen it either!). The church is Vienna's most famous baroque building, and with it's big green cuppola has become one of the city's landmarks. If you have a chance to go there, make sure to take a close look at the tall white stone pillars outside the church and the scenes delicately engraved on them. Once you enter, the almost overbearlingly huge altar draws you to the front of the church immediately. You can pay an extra couple of Euros to take the elevator ride up to the top of the cuppola to get a closer look at the Michael Rottmeyr frescos. But that's not the end of it - from here on you can venture up to the very top of the church via stairs. Poor Ashie didn't know what he was in for - I suffered from extreme vertigo, and my mother wasn't physically too fit to handle those stairs (yet insisted to make her way up to the top). :-)

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    9.00-12.30pm and 1.00-6.00pm (Mo - Sat)
    1.00-6.00pm (Sun + holidays)

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    Thanks for the plague...

    by morgenhund Written Nov 6, 2005

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    The Karlskirche, which is dedicated to St Charles Borromeo, the Saint associated with the relief from the plague, was built as thanks for the end of the plague in Vienna in 1713. It was designed and built by Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach and his son, Josef Emanuel and took 26 years to build. The columns, which are freestanding on either side of the Cathedral, have reliefwork depictions and for all its grandeur externally, the church is refreshingly plain inside. In winter the pond in front of the church is drained, in summer it is a rather fine duck pond. It can be seen across the Resselpark and looks equally impressive by night when it is usually lit up.

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    Chuck's Church (aka Karlskirche)

    by BLewJay Updated Aug 15, 2005

    Although some renovation is going on outside, you can still enter the church (after paying a small fee) and see the frescos as well as take an elevator ride to the top of the cupola. This is a magnificent church first erected by baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and finished by his son Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach in 1739. The church is consecrated to the patron saint of the Habsburg emperor, Saint Charles Borromeo.

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    Karlskirche ( St. Charles' Church)

    by Fam.Rauca Updated Jul 18, 2005

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    The stunning church combines Oriental and Baroque flourishes.
    This striking church was built between 1715 and 1737 to honour Karl Borromeo, the patron saint of the fight against the plague.
    Its aim was to thank God for delivering Vienna from the plague epidemic in 1713 that claimed more than 8,000 lives.
    Emperor Karl VI held a competition among architects to design the church, which was won by Johann Fischer von Erlach.
    The Baroque masterpiece has a dome and portico borrowed from classical architecture, while there are Oriental echoes in the minaret-like columns.

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    Karlskirche.

    by chiara76 Written Jun 2, 2005

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    Karlskirche is the most famous baroque church in Vienna and was built to honor Saint Borromeo. The project was of Johann Fischer von Erlach.
    Both columns of church were inspired by Trajan's column in Rome.
    There are nice main altar inside and nice fresques on the dome there.

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    Karlskirche

    by mikelisaanna Written May 21, 2005

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    Karlskirche (Charles Church) is a beautiful baroque church that was built in the 1700s in honor of St. Charles Borromeo. The exterior of the church features a large dome and two tall columns flanking the entrance. The interior of the church is very ornate and worth a visit.

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