Michaelerkirche - St. Michael Church, Vienna

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    St Michael’s Church and Michaelerplatz

    by toonsarah Updated Jul 5, 2014

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    Opposite the city-facing entrance to the Hofburg Palace in the Michaelertrakt is the church that lent its name to this part of the palace, St Michael’s or the Michaelerkirche. This is one of the oldest churches in the city and used to be the parish church of the Imperial Court, under its former name of Zum heiligen Michael. As is common with so old a church, it has a medley of architectural styles, with a Gothic core, plenty of Baroque flourishes and a Neoclassical facade. As there wasn’t time for us to go inside on this visit I have no photos of the interior (indeed I don’t know if photos are allowed there) but if you have more time you will be able to visit the crypt, famous for its hundreds of mummified corpses, some still wearing burial finery or wig, preserved in its very particular climactic conditions; see the largest Baroque organ in Vienna, once played by Haydn; and admire the exuberant Baroque altar with its Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary.

    Even if like us you don’t have the time to go in, or are maybe prevented from doing so when a service is in progress, do stop to check out that facade with its sculpture of St Michael slaying Lucifer, surrounded by winged angels. This is the 1725 work of an Italian sculptor, Lorenzo Mattielli (see photo two). Incidentally Mattielli also sculpted the Hercules figures on either side of the entrance to the Hofburg, opposite, and a detail of one of these can be seen in photo four of my tip on the Palace.

    And in front of the church on the Michaelerplatz have a look in the centre of the circle at the exposed excavations of some Roman houses, thought to be those of soldiers’ families. On the Hofburg Palace side you can just make out some original frescoes, preserved now under glass.

    Next tip: another church, the Schottenkirche

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    ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH - INTERIOR

    by balhannah Written May 19, 2014

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    The interior of the church is Baroque, has a nave and two aisles that are gothic, side Chapels, and is decorated with Renaissance frescoes.

    The high altar is a decorated Rococo sculpture “ the Fall of the Angels” done by the Italian sculptor Lorenzo Mattielli in 1782. It represents a cloudburst of angels and cherubs, falling from the ceiling towards the high altar. It was the last major Baroque work completed in Vienna.
    I found it stunning!
    The Nikolauskapelle, remains as it was in medieval 13th century.
    The beautiful gilded pipe organ (1714) is the largest Baroque organ in Vienna. Mozart’s Requiem was performed for the first time in this church, at a memorial service for the composer on 10 December 1791.

    There are some tombs in the church and catacombs where bodies of people buried between the 15th and 18th centuries are still mostly intact due to the consistent climate.
    The old graveyard was closed in 1508, so the crypt was created in the 16th and 17th centuries, beginning with individual burial vaults for the nobilty, which were accessed by means of the burial vault plates in the church floor and which are still there today.

    In 1676/78 the big parish crypt located under the church´s central aisle, as well as the priests´crypt under the High Altar were created, meaning access to the middle classes. Alley ways inter-connected the individual neighbouring burial vaults.
    Emperor Joseph II´s court decree of 11th December 1783, stated no further burials in the city area, including St. Michaels crypt.

    This part of the church can only be accessed in company of a guide.

    TOURS
    Wednesdays 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., except on feastdays IN German/English
    Meeting Point: in front of the church

    GUIDED TOURS OF THE CRYPT
    Guided tours from 22nd April to 31st October 2014:
    Monday to Friday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Meeting point: in front of the church five minutes before the tour begins
    NO TOURS ON SUNDAYS OR FEAST DAYS

    Maximum 20 people for one tour.
    Prices: adults: €7,- / schoolchildren: €3,-

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    ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH - EXTERIOR

    by balhannah Updated May 19, 2014

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    The Michaelerkirche (St Michael's Church) looked a little squashed to me!
    Located across the other side of Michaelerplatz from Hofburg Castle, it's of no surprise to hear it was the former parish church of the Austrian monarchy.

    It is very old, having been built in 1221. The design is not the same, as over the years the church has constantly been added to, so now there's a gothic tower from the 14th century and a neoclassicist façade from 1792. Located above the Baroque entry porch, is a sculpture depicting the "Fall of Angels," created by Lorenzo Mattielli.

    ENTRY IS FREE

    ST. MICHAEL'S CRYPT CAN BE VISITED ON A GUIDED TOUR

    Guided tours from 22nd April to 31st October 2014:
    Monday to Friday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Meeting point: in front of the church five minutes before the tour begins
    Sundays and Feastdays - there are NO Tours

    Maximum 20 people for one tour.
    Prices: adults: €7,- / schoolchildren: €3,-

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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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