Votivkirche - Votive Church, Vienna

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    VOTIVE CHURCH

    by balhannah Written May 23, 2014

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    Golly! How many attractive Churches and beautiful buildings can one city have?
    Just a short walk from another beautiful building and I come across the stunning Votivkirche - Votive Church. Well, it would have looked better if some of the scaffolding and banners were taken down, but I could see the good work they were doing in cleaning the exterior of the Church.

    Even though the interior was closed and I didn't get to see it, I wasn't disappointed as I found the exterior a feast for my eyes! In my opinion, the exterior was one of the best!

    There is a story as to why this neo-gothic Church was built.
    In 1853, and assassination attempt was made on Emperor Franz Joseph. He survived the attack, so his brother, Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian started raising money for a church to be built to thank God for saving the Emperor's life.
    An architectural competition was held to find a plan. 75 projects were put forward with Heinrich von Ferstel (1828–1883), having the winning plan. He chose to build the cathedral in the neo-Gothic style, borrowing heavily from the architecture of Gothic French cathedrals. This Church was different, as Heinrich was in charge of the building for the whole 26 years that it took to be built. In medieval times, often people died and others had to complete the building.
    The church was dedicated in 1879 on the silver anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Empress Elisabeth.

    The church is not located directly on the boulevard but along a broad square. It is made from white sandstone, which really is white when I looked at the cleaned areas of the church.

    The Votivkirche is a typical Gothic cathedral that has a façade with two slimline towers and three gabled portals and a gallery with statues above the portals, a central portal twice as wide as the side portals, a rose window crowned by the roof gable of the nave, belfries and a transept spire,
    buttresses, abutments and flying buttresses.

    If you really want to see the interior, make sure your here when it is open - Not the best of opening hours!

    OPENING HOURS
    Tuesday - Friday 4pm - 6pm
    Saturday & Sunday 9 -1pm

    CHURCH TOURS are every 3rd Sunday of the month.

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    by Odiseya Updated Feb 3, 2014

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    This church, very similar to one of central church in Vienna is one of popular attraction of famous Ringstraße. Elegant Neo - Gothic church was considered to be one of beautiful sacramental object in City and wider. It is evident elegance of white sandstone from which is made. But that also means that church has to be constantly cleaned because of air pollution and acid rain that causes changes of its color. I assume that is a reason why visitors often cannot see its splendor exterior because it is covered. I liked very much a nice ornament from stone around door.

    Interior is also very spectacular. The main altar is central point with nice ceiling. It has a gilded ratable and over it is a baldacchino, created by the artist Joseph Glasser. I liked very much a high stained glasses.

    It is not so old construction, it was official open in 1879. But all historical data and architectures specification. In park across church - Sigmund Freud park is suppose to be a free walking tour so I come to this place for purpose. Sadly, there was no any kind of tour but I see a this beautiful monument.

    In time of my visit and interior was under constructed. But it was possible for enter and for free. It has only few visitors but I see program for holly mass that held there in August 2013. So, it is not completely closed for visitors. As I find out, there is usually a fee.
    Another relevant information is opening hours: in Sunday from 09:00 till 13:30, Mondays is close and on other days there is a two terms: from 09:00 till 13:00 and from 16:00 till 18:00.

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    Votivkirche, a fine example of neo-gothic.

    by breughel Updated Nov 2, 2013

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    Assassination attempts on the Kaiser Franz-Joseph or members of his family can lead to the construction of a nice church, a successful example of neo-gothic like here, when they fail like the one of 18 February 1853 but can also lead with the assassination in Sarajevo (Serbia) in 1914 of his nephew Franz Ferdinand to World War I and its 15 million deaths! (ref. the Heeresgeschitliches Museum - Military history museum). Entering the church I could not avoid this comparison.

    It's something surprising for me used to live in country with many gothic churches and city halls (same can be said for Germany and France) that Vienna, once capital of a mighty empire, has only two monumental gothic churches a "real" one St-Stephens and this neo-gothic Votivkirche which actually dominates the landscape of the west of Vienna with its two high spires at 99 m but much lower than the Stephansdom South tower at 136 m.

    It took 23 years to build the church. The homogeneity of the design is due to the fact that architect Heinrich von Ferstel was only 26 when he started and could supervise the whole construction what was not the case with the cathedrals of the Middle ages with several generations of builders. The inspiration is that of French Gothic with a search for height so that the church is often mistaken by tourists as original Gothic.

    Since about ten years the church is undergoing restoration works. Snow was entering by the roof! It needed some 145.000 slates from South America and Germany to cover the roof area of approximately 3.800 square meters. This decoration is similar to that of the Stephansdom.
    These works are planned for another ten years. Photos are therefore often showing scaffolding and canvas on some parts.

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    by Raimix Updated Oct 20, 2013
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    Church was built to thank that attempt to assassinate Emperor Franz Joseph was not succesful, in 1853. The church was finally built in 1879 in neo - Gothic style. It is one of the most famous buildings in Ring - Strasse. Nowadays this church is always mixed with Vienna Cathedral.

    During Second World War it was badly damaged and later reconstructed. Interior is really worth visiting, full of details.

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    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 12, 2013

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    Votivkirche of Vienna belongs to the most significant neo-Gothic sacral buildings in the world. There is interesting story about how this church was built. In 1853 a young Hungarian nationalist attempted assassination of Emperor Franz Josef I, while he strolled around the streets of Vienna. The assassination failed but to the Habsburgs it gave sign to emphasize the catholic identity as the uniting force between the different nations of the Empire. Following the assault, Archduke Maximilian (brother of Franz Josef) collected money for a "votivegage", small gifts, but very soon it raised up to a big amount sufficient to built a new basilica. Over 300.000 Viennese donated money.
    The new basilica was meant to commemorate the attack on the emperor and, at the same time, to be a church for all the catholic nations of the empire. The work of the church was entrusted to the young architect Franz Ferstel. The works on the church lasted over 20 years and have cost more then collected money. The church was finally opened in 1879, upon the occasion of the silver anniversary of Franz Josef and his wife Empress Elisabeth.
    At the moment of my visit to Vienna, in August 2013, the church was closed to visitors as it is being cleaned and renovated. I could only admired it from the outside.

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    by ValbyDK Written Sep 13, 2013

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    The Votive Church is located on the Ringstrasse and is a very impressive neo-Gothic church; 85 meters high, 55 meters wide, and with two tall towers. It was built in 1879 by Emperor Franz Joseph – on the spot of a failed assassination attempt on his life. The church was badly damaged during World War II, and has been renovated several times during the years (and was also being renovated when I visited in September 2013).

    The interior of the church is a little dark, but some light is shining through the huge mosaic windows. The ceiling is beautiful decorated, and the floor is made of mosaic tiles. The richly gilded main altar, the pulpit, and some of the side chapels are worth a closer look. Inside the church is also a small museum, but it was closed when I visited.

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    Vienna's nicest Neo-Gothic church

    by Jefie Updated Jan 7, 2013

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    The elegant towers of Votivkirche can be seen rising above the surrounding trees and buildings from quite a distance. The church was built following the failed attempt to assassinate Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853. The emperor was out for a walk on the outskirts of the city (the city walls still existed at that time) when he was stabbed in the neck. He was severely injured but miraculously survived the attack, which prompted his brother to collect money and launch a competition for the design of a chuch to be built on the site of the attack. It took 23 years to build this magnificient Neo-Gothic church. Although much more modest in size, its style and design is largely based on the Gothic cathedrals found in France and it's considered one of the most important Neo-Gothic construction in the world. The church was completed in 1879.

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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Votivekirche has two distinctive spires that make it stand out from other buildings of Vienna. Built was 1856-1879, construction was directed by Emperor Franz Joseph after he survived an assassination attempt.

    The term "votive" means an offering dedicated in return for fulfillment of a vow or pledge (Dictionary.com). In this case, the church was thanks from the emperor for saving his life.

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    by larigot Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    High Altar of the Votive Church

    The imposing Votive Church is among the many beautiful churches in Vienna. From the exterior, it may remind you of other famous buildings, particualrly the cathedrals at Regensburg, Cologne and Ulm {although the latter has a single tower}, and, interestingly, St. Patrick's in New York City. The interior is strikingly beautiful, and it's worth your while to take a seat and take in the many hues of glass in the windows, and the high altar, with its stunning reredos.

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    See the Neo-Gothic Votivkirche

    by BillNJ Updated Nov 27, 2010

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    The Votivkirche (Votive Church) is a large Neo-Gothic church located on Ringstraße in Alsergrund (Vienna's 9th district) near the University of Vienna. The church was built in response to a knife-attack on Emperor Franz Joseph by Hungarian nationalist János Libényi on February 18, 1853. After the unsuccessful attack, Franz Joseph's brother Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph, the later emperor of Mexico, called upon the community for donations to build a new church on the site of the attack. Construction of the Votivkirche began in 1856, and it was dedicated twenty-six years later on April 24, 1879. The church has undergone extensive renovations after being badly damaged during World War II.

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    Votivkirche.....

    by Maryimelda Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    This is the church commissioned in the mid 19th century by the Emperor Franz Joseph who survived an attack by a would be assassin at this site. The cornerstone was laid in 1856 and the church designed by Heinrich von Ferstel was completed in 1879. I didn't bother to take a pic of the outside as it was covered in scaffolding and a humungous canvas advertisement.

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    by ruki Updated Oct 12, 2009

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    It is very beautiful Neo – Gothic church located on Ringstrase close to University of Vienna.
    The church was built as a votive offering after the abortive attempt in 1853 to assassinate Franz Joseph I. Church possesses several important works of art. Altar is beautifully carved and contains scenes from the Passion.

    Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 13.30
    Monday is closed

    Entrance: 2,90 EURO adult
    2,20 EURO students

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    by marielexoteria Updated Jan 14, 2009

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    This is the second prettiest church I saw in Vienna, even tho it was under renovation by the time we were there. It was built under the 19th century and according to the guide I borrowed, money was collected to build Votivkirche after a crazy tailor tried killing Emperor Frans Josef at the place where the murder should've occurred.

    The building is very pretty and the details on the towers are magnificent and detail rich. I particularly liked the first picture, where you can see the church from "within" the tree tops.

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    by Rupanworld Written Dec 24, 2008

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    The Votivkirche is one of the earliest buildings built on the famous Ringstraße of Vienna. History has it that an unsuccessful knife attack was made on February 18, 1853 on Emperor Franz Joseph by a Hungarian nationalist. After that, the Emperor's brother Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph asked the subjects to make donations for construction of a new church on the site of the knife attack. It would be a thank-you present to God (a Votivgabe) for the escape of the Emperor from the attack. It was to be a monument exhibiting the devotion of the people to the Royal family.

    75 church plans were submitted by architects from Austrian-Hungarian empire, Germany, England and France in an architectural competition in April 1854. The project of Heinrich von Ferstel was chosen. the construction began in 1856, and completed 26 years after the original attack, i.e. in 1879 commemorating the occasion of the silver jubilee of the royal couple.

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    by pure1942 Updated Apr 23, 2008

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    The Votivkirche is located close to the Rathaus on Rooseveltplatz 8. The church's beautiful steeples spire up from the church and overlook the Schottenring and Alsergrund Quarter of Vienna's city centre. The church was designed by Heinrich vin Ferstel and was built between the years 1856 and 1879.
    The church was commisioned after a failed assassination attempt on the Emperor Franz Josef in 1853 and is located across from the scene of the attempted assassination. The church has a significant military theme with many of the churches memorials and side chapels dedicated to Austrian regiments and military figures. The tomb of Niklas Salm, leader of the Austrian forces against the Turks during the siege of 1529, is located inside the Church.

    The Gothic Facade of the church looks impressive from photos I have seen but unfortunately was being restored during my visit and was hidden behind scaffolding and boarding.

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