Votivkirche - Votive Church, Vienna

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    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 3, 2007

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    The Votivkirche, Votive church or devotional church, is a neogothic church that was built in 1879. It's an ex-voto, as the name suggests it, and it was erected to thank God for a failed attempt of murdering the emperor Franz Joseph I. His brother wanted it and realized it.

    There are two high towers on both sides of the facade, which are very impressive. Inside you can see several masterpieces, and a couple of curiosities: a reneissance tomb of 1500 and a copy of the "Madonna de Guadalupe", since Franz Joseph's brother had then become emperor of Mexico.

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    by Fam.Rauca Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    This splendid church was built, as thanks, for the failed assassination on Emperor Franz Joseph I., at the 18. February 1853.
    The construction began in the year 1856, after the plans of the Architect Heinrich Ferstel and it was consecrated in the year 1879.
    The Votivkirche was built in the New Gothic style, and possesses, important artworks, that play an important part in the Austrian history.
    The towers and helmets have a beautiful filigrees structure.
    Many chapels of the church are dedicated to Austrian regiments and war heroes.
    The most beautiful monument of the church is the renaissance sarcophagus of the count Niklas Salm, the commander during the first Turk siege 1529.
    This beautiful construction is a special worth seeing in Vienna and an important objective, for the tourists that visit this city.

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    the Votivkirche 1856-79 - The jewel of Vienna

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    The first time I saw her domes from the Rathaus platz , I thought - "Oh!the Elven forest and the glowing trees from "Lord of the Rings" movie!!!" Such a beauty she is - the Votiv Church...

    The reason to build this church was the unsuccessful attempt to murder the young emperor Franz Joseph I in february 1853. Only a couple of days later , his brother - Erherzog Fredinand Max, ordered the construction of a monument church to express his gratitude. After the Arsenal, the monument was planned to be the second symbol of the restauration movement in the time after 1848, as an Army and a roman catholic church that will support the Throne.
    The plans of the architect Heinrich Ferstel are showing a three ship gothic basilica with a two tower fassade. The decision of a gothic building was a reply to the Klaciscism that was characteristic for the architecture till 1848. Heinrich Ferstel won the competition to built the church over 75 other canditats , among which famous representants of the Neogothik as Vincenz Statz, Friedrich Schmidt and Georg Ungewitter
    The grounding stone was put on the day of the marriage of the emperor in 1856

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    by filipdebont Updated Oct 4, 2005

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    Day 1 : Schottenring and Alsergrund

    You can see the fine white towers of this magnificent church from far.

    This Votiv church is really impressive. It is built in a Neo-Gothic style, designed by Heinrich Ferstel and completed in 1879.

    This church is built as to remember the fact that Emperor Franz Joseph had escaped from an attempted murder by a Hungarian.

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    Votivkirche- Votive Church of the Divine Savior

    by Dariana Written Jun 29, 2005

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    It is a monument of gratitude ,initiated by Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian after his brother ,Emperor Franz Josef survived an assassination attempt in 1853.
    Built in the style of the French Gothic cathedrals from 13th century, this jewel has a foundation stone brought from Mount of Olives ,near Jerusalem. Unfortunately, the church was in renovation so I didn`t see the exterior, but just a small part of the portal above the entrance.
    But …the interior deserve all the attention. Paintings, sculptures and stained-glass windows are exquisite The sun light through the windows adorn with rainbows the austere atmosphere .Keep the silence and you will hear the wing beat of angels above.

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    Votickirche is magnificent on the Vienna skyline

    by cmarsek Written Dec 4, 2004
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    Located within a walk from the Town Hall it is set back from the Ring's main line of buildings. Its name commemorates Franz Josef's escape from an assassination attempt on February 18, 1853. A Hungarian tailor stabbed the emperor in the throat, but a metal collar stud saved his life.

    Maximilian, Franz Josef's brother, suggested he build a church and it was erected between 1856 and 1879. The church has a neo-Gothic style taking its inspiration from German Gothic style, specifically the Cathedral at Cologne.

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    by Hosell Written Oct 8, 2004

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    The Votive Church is located very clost to the town hall,it was built in Ghotic Revival style,and it was finished in 1879.This is also another nice place to do a stop and take a look inside,is just beautiful!.

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    by Polly74 Written Aug 26, 2004

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    This is one of the most beautiful churches in Vienna. This church is famous because it holds the tomb of Count Niklas Salm (commander of Vienna in the first Turkish siege of 1529), transferred from the Church of St. Dorothy in 1878.
    The church was constructed between 1856 and 1879 by Heinrich von Ferstel, when archduke Ferdinand Max wanted to show his gratitude when his brother, emperor Francis Joseph, survived an assassination attempt.

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    by littlesam1 Written Jun 14, 2004

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    To really appreciate the beauty of this impressive church you also need to see the side view with the tiled roof. As I mentioned in the previous tip I really found this to be more beautiful and appealing than the more famous Stephansdom.

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    by littlesam1 Written Jun 14, 2004

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    The beautiful Votivkirche located in Schottenrign and Alsergrund is not as well known or photographed as Stephansdom. But in my opinion it is more beautiful by design even if not as historically important. The Votivkirche was built across the street from where a failed assassination attempt was made on Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853. The church was design by Heinrich von Ferstel was begun in 1856 but was not dedicated until 1879. The spires and towers are almost lace like in their appearance. I thought this to be the most beautiful church in Vienna. It also has a tiled roof similiar to the roof on Stephansdom.

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    by Jmill42 Written Mar 19, 2004

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    My favorite church in Vienna was the Votivkirche. It is a lean, tall, Gothic church that was built to commemorate the failed attempt on Franz Joseph's life in 1853. I liked it so much because of the round stained glass window in the front of the church that reminded me of Notre Dame in Paris. It is best viewed at night, in my opinion, as the lights illuminating the front facade, give it an eerie Gothic glow.

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    by Imbi Written Nov 9, 2003

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    One o the beautiful churches in Vienna is Votive Church.
    It is famed because it has the tomb of a commander known as Niklas Slam. During the Turkish invention in 1529, Niklas Salm commanded the local force.
    The blue sky is making a church beautiful.

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    by Gillianina Updated Nov 1, 2003
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    Situated at the end of Dr. Lueger-Ring. Erected in 1856-79 by Emperor Franz Joseph on the site of a failed attempt on his life. The architect was H. Ferstel, who drew his inspiration from French Gotich architecture of the 13th century.

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    by shellybelly567 Written Oct 24, 2003

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    Archduke Ferdinand Max (later Maximillian of Mexico) had the Votivkirche built out of gratitude for his brother, Fraz Joseph being saved from and attempt on his life. It was designed by Heinrich von Ferstel in the French Neo-Gothic Style and dedicated April 24th, 1879.

    I absolutely fell in love with this beautiful church. Try going by there after Sunset and take a lookt at the stained glass window from Rooseveltplatz.

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    by mel_bee Updated Aug 1, 2003

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    I like this church which graces the skyline along the ring.

    My favourite thing about church is its windows which are quite modern and some depict scenes from World War II

    Apparently there is also a famous candle die "Barbara-Kerze" from 1930. It is 264 kg, 4 m high with a diameter of 30 cm . It should be able to burn for 100 years!!

    HISTORY: This church was designed by architect H. von Ferstel and after 23 years of slow building work was finished in 1879 and was dedicated on the Emperor's silver wedding anniversary. It was built to commemorate the failed attempt on Kaiser Franz Joseph in 1853. More than 300,000 people gave donations to build the church even from places such as Egypt and Syria!!

    Originally its location was planned to be near the Belvedere but eventually its current location was decided in 1855. The church should have been decorated in Westminster Abbey style but when the church ended up being built near the garrison, the army had other ideas.

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