Votivkirche - Votive Church, Vienna

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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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    Votiv Kirche

    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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    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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    Votivkirche

    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 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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    Votive Church

    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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    Votivkirche

    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 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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    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 marielexoteria Updated Jan 14, 2009

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    Votivkirche through the trees
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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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    VOTIVKIRCHE

    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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    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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    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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    Votivkirche.....

    by Maryimelda Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    High altar.....
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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 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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