Michaelerkirche - St. Michael Church, Vienna

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    St. Michael's Church

    by Odiseya Updated Feb 14, 2014
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    St. Michael's Church (German: Michaelerkirche) is another church build in square with the same name. This is one of the oldest churches in City. The church is known for its Romanesque style. There is also and nice music tradition. It refer to baroque music. Church have contains the largest organ in City - the Sieber-Organ (1714).

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    Michaelerkirche

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 22, 2013

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    Michaelerkirche was first built in 1220 and its Romanesque core is still preserved well. However, during centuries the core was supplemented with a bizzare mix of different styles, Gothic, Baroque up to neo-Classical style. This church is famous for its cellars and catacombs, where bodies did not rot properly but were mumified, due to warm air circulating the rooms.
    Around 4.000 wealthy Viennese people were buried in the church, between the 14th century and 1784. Mozart's "Requiem", although yet unfinished, was first ever performed in this church.

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    St. Michael's Church on Michaelerplatz

    by Jefie Updated Jan 7, 2013

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    Dating back to the 12th century, Michaelerkirche is one of the oldest churches in Vienna and it used to be the official church of the court. Throuhout its long history, the chuch was restored on several occasions, but the last modification to its original design dates back to 1792, when the facade was redone in a Neo-Classical style. The interior has remained Romanesque in style, which makes it one of the few examples of that particular architectural style left in Vienna. Some Gothic, Baroque and Rococo elements have also been included thoughout the years. Tours of the church are offered in English on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Tours of the crypt are also offered from Thursday to Saturday, at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. The temperature conditions prevailing in the crypt have made it possible to preserve the bodies of the priests and rich aristocrats buried underneath the church; some of these mummified corpses can be seen lying in open coffins wearing their finest clothes and wigs.

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    ST. Michaels Church (Michaelerkirche)

    by Roadquill Updated Jun 27, 2010

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    Located in Michaelerplatz, the foundations date from the 13th century, with some of the alter pieces from 1327, the buildings present form if from 1792. Famous for its catacombs and for some reason bodies don't decompose. Mozart's Requiem was first performed in the church.

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    Michaelerkirche/St. Michael's Church

    by Redang Written Mar 27, 2010

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    Originally built in the 12nd century, the oldest part of this church dates back to the 13th century.

    The Requiem of Mozart was first performed here short after his death.

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    Michaelerplatz (St. Michel's square)

    by Rupanworld Written Dec 24, 2008
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    Michaelerplatz or the St. Michel's square is a very happening place, especially for the tourists. it is the place where the Imperial Hofburg palace is situated as well as the museum quarter. The roman ruins can also be found here.

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    St Michael's Church

    by easterntrekker Updated Sep 8, 2008

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    Dedicated to the Archangel Michael , the altar room dates back to the 1300's.
    Due to the unique special climatic conditions and constant temperature in the crypt, more than 4000 corpses were kept well preserved. Today the catacombs have
    hundreds of coffins adorned with skulls, as well as mummified corpses.

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    Michaelerkirche

    by pure1942 Written Apr 23, 2008

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    The Michaelerkirche is one of Vienna's oldest churches and was the former church of the imperial court. The church has evolved and changed over the years but the earliest parts of the church date from the around the mid 13th century. The church mixes elements of late Romanesque and early Gothic styles.
    The church builing with its tall tower and dark spire is dedicated to Archangel Michael. The front of the church has statues and sculptures by Lorenzo Mattielli and inside there are frescos dating from the 14th century. Inside the most impressive feature of the church is the beautiful organ and gallery.

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    Michaeler Kirche

    by y2ketan2007 Updated Sep 9, 2007

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    A Beautiful Church

    Situated in the modest square called Michaelerplatz is the simple but elegant St. Michael's Church or Michaeler Kirche.It was built sometime in the 13th century and remodeled in the 18th century.The original slender octagonal Gothic tower is still intact.

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    St. Michael's Church (Michaelerkirche)

    by Vanity666 Written Aug 13, 2007

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    Not long after Mozart's death, his "Requiem" was first performed in this church.

    Today, the church is visited mostly for its interesting catacombs - due to the unusual environment, bodies don't decompose in it. From 1631 to 1784, about 4,000 people were buried here. Today, one can still see hundreds of coffins adorned with flowers or skulls, as well as mummified corpses, some of them in baroque frock-coats and wigs. The most famous person buried in the catacombs is Pietro Metastasio, who wrote some of the librettos of Mozart's operas.

    The building dates from the late Romanesque period - parts of the former Court and Barnabite Church St. Michael date from as far back as the first half of the thirteenth century. Experts believe that the altar room was built between 1327 and 1340, the lower parts of the tower later. In the ensuing centuries, the church was rebuilt and added to several times, it has stood in its present form since 1792.

    Also worth viewing are the excavations on the square in front of the church. Vienna's city archeologists uncovered the remains of a Roman settlement there in the years 1990 and 1991.

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    Michaelerkirche

    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 1, 2007

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    Michaelerkirche is a church with a website. It's Saint Michael's church, a tiny but beautiful romanesque church right in the square outside the Winter palace, where Mozart's requiem was first played here. In the past it used to be the parish church of the Imperial Court.

    The reason why this church is important, however, is neither Mozart nor the former Royal family: it's its crypt, where, thanks to natural conditions, over 4000 bodies have been found, mummified "to perfection". The most famous person buried here is Pietro Metastasio, who wrote the "libretto" which Mozart used for his opera The Magic Flute.

    The crypt can be visited on a guided tour, Monday to Friday, at 11, 14, 15 and 16, while on Saturday the tour is only at 15 and 16. The church is open longer, every day from 7 AM until 10 PM. In the square outside the church, right in the middle, take a look at the ruins and remains of an ancient roman colony, which was discovered and excavated between 1990 and 1991.

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    Michaelerkirche

    by filipdebont Updated Feb 14, 2006

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    Day 2 : Hofburg area

    At the Michaelerplatz (square), just opposite the Michaelertor (gate), you can not miss the Michaelerkirche (Church of St Michael).

    You can see St Michael fighting the dragon above the entry door.

    At first this Michaelerkirche was the parish church of the Court. The oldest parts of this church date from the 13th century.

    It is really worth to take a look inside (there is no entrance fee). The High Altar and the organ are beautifully decorated (see pictures).

    And it is also worth to visit the crypt (when it is open); in this crypt you can see the well preserved bodies in the open tombs.

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    Michaelerkirche

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Apr 16, 2005

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    Michaelerkirche (1219) was erected in tardoromanich shapes and became gothic in the 14th - 15th century; the neo classical facade made by E. Koch (1792) are preceded from a door on columns of T. Beduzzi, crowned from a group with S. Micheal by L. Mattielli (1725), and accompanied from a high poligonal bell tower. The three inner navate on pillars conserve the ancient gothic structure, with high times to pillars in that one centers them; the chorus and the tribune of the organ, with great extension of white and gold, were transform in baroque shapes in the 17th century. Restorations of years seventy have brought back to the light paintinf of XIV century in the arch of the chorus, the below zone to the tribune of the organ and in against facade; little beyond, to the left wall, other restorations (1988) have made to discover parts of the ancient late Romanic door with a reliefin sandstone in the eardrum. In the pllars skillful, on the arch of the absidal nail head, great burlap of the Fall of rebellious angels (1751) of M. Unterberger; in the chorus tombs of the members of the Trautson family: to right, those of prince Leopold Donat, work of Fischer von Erlach the Young with statues of F.M. Brokoff. Greater statue altar, operates of of Avrange (1781), with iconaItalian-bizantina of the Vergine Ausiliatrice (sec. XVI), coming from the Greek Clay island, straight from angelic figures. In the lower surface of the arc of access to the left absidal nail head, funeral tomb of the poet Peter Metastasio(1782). Under the church it is the Michaelergruft, cript of S.Michael, immense underground atmosphere complex, realized to leave from the sec. XVI and used until 1783 for the interment of the members of the Hasburg aristocracy: numerous ancienti sarcophagous, between which some in painted wood and, in the Gruft der Spanischen Bruderschaft, that one of Metastasio.

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    Michaelerkirche

    by Sharrie Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    MICHAELERKIRCHE (or St. Michael's Church) is one of the smaller of the many churches found in this city. This one is unique in that it's both bourgeois & civic compared to the many imperial styled churches.

    Dating back to 13th century, the present 18th century facade is adorned with the statue of Archangel Michael by Lorenzo Mattielli.

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    Michaelerkirche

    by margaretvn Updated Nov 2, 2003

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    This is a lovely church with a beautiful Medieval interior. The facade is Neo-Classical and there are some lovely Baroque stucco angels on the High Altar. Haydn played the organ in the church when he was 17 years old. The Requiem from Mozart was also performed in the church shortly after the composers death. The church was actually once the parish church of the court. You can do a tour of the cyrpt of the church (they are done several timesa day) and you see the coffins and several open coffins with the naturally mummified bodies in them, There were once 4000 coffins in the cyrpt but they were "tidied" up during time and the bones are piled up in the corners. The mummification occurred naturally. Spooky but really interesting and the guide is very knowledgeable. Not my kind of job though.... going down amongst the dead every day.

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