Votivkirche - Votive Church, Vienna

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    Votivkirche

    by Gillianina Updated Nov 1, 2003

    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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    Votivkirche at night

    by dinhyen Updated Jul 14, 2003

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    When we were there, twilight was around 10pm. Now would have been a good time to get some night-time photos. Unfortunately thanks to some hotel mix-ups and my own difficulty navigating Viennese streets, we didn't check in until 10pm, by which time I was so hungry I had to go look for dinner.

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    by dinhyen Updated Jul 14, 2003

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    The graceful spires of the Votive Church make it my favorite church in Vienna. Its relatively isolated location means it's less frequented by tourists than other churches. I love it. We stayed about 2 blocks away and so it was the first one I saw on my walking tour. As my luck would have it, the base of the church was undergoing renovations, like many of the attractions I visited in June :(

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    Gothic arches in abundance

    by adambeau Written Feb 25, 2003

    There are architectural sites in every city that will captivate and fascinate the mind of a traveller. Vienna has an enormous variety of gothic and neo-gothic structures to arouse that id, but this site drew my attention from every possible angle.
    Bring extra film, and batteries if you happen by this mega-monolith of spires.
    Votivkirche shall remain the triumphant victory and pinnacle of my tour in Vienna.

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    The church VotivkircheThe...

    by socrates_07 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The church Votivkirche

    The church Votivkirche at Roosevelt-square is constructed 1856-1879 by Heinrich Freiherr von Ferstel (1828-1883, also constructed Vienna university) in the style of french gothic. Kaiser Franz Josef I. founded it after surviving an attempt on his life.

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    by Packerman Written Aug 26, 2002

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    I wondered about the outside of this church because the lower half is very dark (black) and then all of a sudden it becomes white towards the top, is this a result of pollution or what? Did the workers begin to clean the top and then just stop? What is the deal? Anyway, we spent around 20-30 minutes inside this church, it was interesting. Sometimes the not-so-well-known churches can be just as or more interesting than the big cathedrals. We started our tour of the Ringstrasse with this church. A good place to start I think.

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    by alyf1961 Written May 6, 2009

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    Votivkirche is a gothic church built between 1855 and 1879. It was designed by Heinrich von Ferstal. It was built to commemorate the failed attempt to assassinate Franz Joseph in 1853.

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    Votivkirche interior

    by dinhyen Written Jul 14, 2003

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    The lofty interior of the Votive Church will leave you breathless. The subdued lighting makes it looks most mystical.

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    Votivkirche facade

    by dinhyen Updated Jul 14, 2003

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    Like most structures, the Votive Church is at its most ethereal when limned by the early morning light.

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    by Leipzig Updated Apr 29, 2003

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    The Votivkirche is constructed 1856-1879 by Heinrich Freiherr von Ferstel in the style of French Gothic. Kaiser Franz Josef I. founded it after surviving an attempt on his life.

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    Further down the Ringstrasse...

    by lauriejeanne Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Further down the Ringstrasse you come across the Votivkirche. The two spires really can't be missed.

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