Maria Am Gestade Church, Vienna

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    Maria am Gestade

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 28, 2013

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    Maria am Gestade (St. Mary's on the Bank), located in Salatogasse 12, is a Gothic styled church and one of the oldest church in Vienna. It is one of the few surviving examples of Gothic architecture in Vienna.
    The church was traditionally used by the sailors of Danube river. The name of the church reflects the former location on the fluvial terrace of an arm of the Danube river, prior to its regulation. Originally it used to be a wooden church at this place in the 9th century, which served as a place of worship for fishermen and sailors.
    The present building was built between 1394 and 1414. From 1302 the church was owned by the Herren von Greif and was probably conceived as a family burial ground. The church was deconsecrated in 1786 and gradually became dilapitated and parts were torn down. It was used as an arsenal and stable during Napoleon's occupation of Vienna in 1809. In 1812 the church was renovated and newly consecrated. Maria am Gestadekirche is associated eith the Czech community in Vienna. Its most striking characteristic is the 56m high bell tower built in 1419-1428, in a Gothic scroll work.

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    Maria am Gestade church

    by Raimix Updated Nov 2, 2013

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    This is beautiful Gothic church that was built in 12th century and rebuilt in 14th century. It has all the main appearance of typical Gothic church, white in interior and exterior too. The organs of it that are on my picture are very beautiful.

    During my second visit went to free concert of classical music here, it was my last evening in Vienna, and it was special :)

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    Oldest Gothic church in Vienna

    by Jefie Written Dec 24, 2012

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    This church is probably the second oldest church in the city after St. Rupert's. It dates back to the 14th century, which explains why the city has sort of grown around it, making it looked a bit cramped between buildings. This impression is accentuated by the narrow design of the church, its high facade and 56-m-tall steeple. The narrow nave opens up a little near the choir, which features a beautiful Gothic altar, stained glass and two Gothic pannels depicting the Annunciation and Coronation of Virgin Mary that date back to 1460. Unfortunately, the church had been left to fall in a state of disrepair by the time Napoleon's troops reached Vienna in 1809 so they used it both as a storage space and stables. Maria am Gestade was restored to its former beauty and glory in the 19th century, and today it is notably a meeting place for the French Catholic community of Vienna.

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    Maria Am Gestade

    by easterntrekker Written Sep 7, 2008

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    Perched on a former riverbank (gestade), this 14th-century church was once frequented by Danube boatmen who approached it via the magnificent flight of steps. We just happened upon it on our city walk . We thought it was so beautiful Daily 7:30 am-6 pm. Free.

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    Maria am Gestade church

    by marielexoteria Updated Aug 30, 2008

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    This might be the prettiest church I saw in Vienna! Maria am Gestade is mentioned in documents as far back as 1108 but the current building is from the 14th century. Our host in Vienna, Michael, told us that the tower is open, so it looks particularly beautiful at night. Inside, in front of the altar (and facing your back as you enter), I found the most interesting painting of Jesus in the cross I've ever seen. Definitely a must see.

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    Maria am Gestade

    by christine.j Written Jun 22, 2008

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    This church used to be the church of the skippers working along the canal of the Danube. Gestade is an old word for bank, shores. It is a very narrow gothic church, said to be the second oldest church in Vienna.
    When I was there I say flowers everywhere,even on the stairs leading up to the inside.I don't know it there was a special reason for it, but it gave this church a very special atmosphere.

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    by von.otter Updated Dec 26, 2007

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    “The streets of Vienna are paved with culture, the streets of other cities with asphalt.”
    — Karl Kraus (1874-1936) Austrian writer

    Maria am Gestade, St. Mary on the Strand, is among Vienna’s oldest buildings and one of the few surviving examples of Gothic architecture here. The church is located near the Donaukanal and was traditionally used by sailors on the Danube.

    A wooden church stood at this place in the ninth century. With an arm of the Danube flowing by, it served as a place of worship for fishermen and sailors. The river is now diverted, but the church and its name remain. The first documented reference to the church is in 1158. The present Gothic-style building was built between 1394 and 1414. The church was desecrated in 1786 and fell into disuse. It was used as a military magazine and stable during Napoleon’s 1809 occupation of Vienna. In 1812, the church was renovated and re-consecrated. Today, it is associated with the Czech community in Vienna.

    The open latticework that tops the 180-foot high bell tower is meant to be the heavenly crown of the Virgin Mary. It’s the church’s most striking exterior characteristic, recognizable from a distance. We could see this lovely feature, lit at night, from our hotel, the K+K.

    To get a private tour of the church’s interior we asked our hotel’s front desk clerk to call and arrange it. A very obliging gentleman, speaking excellent English, took us around. We gave a donation at the end of his excellent tour.

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    Maria am Gestade - Interior **

    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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    Maria am Gestade **

    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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    Maria Am Gestda ~ Church of Maria on the River Bk

    by Audrey118 Written Jun 30, 2003

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    Church of Maria on the River Bank

    The church stands at the bank of the old arm of the Danube and also on a ditch of a legionary camp and was built on the remaining of Roman walls.

    Romanesque styled church, built in mid 1100s which was destroyed during mid 1200s and was rebuilt to its glory in 1400s.

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    Maria Am Gestade

    by Roadquill Written Jun 28, 2010

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    One of the oldest buildings in Vienna. The gothic church, close to the Danube canal, was built in the 14th century.

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