Votivkirche - Votive Church, Vienna

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Rooseveltplatz, 1090 Wien +43 1 4061192

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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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    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 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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    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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    Votive Church

    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 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 y2ketan2007 Written Nov 8, 2007

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    Built between 1855 and 1879 in the French Gothic style , the twin towers of Votivkirche are 99 metres high. 300000 citizens of Vienna contributed by subscription in 1856 to meet the cost of the construction of the church.

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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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    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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    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 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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    Votivekirche

    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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    Votivkirche

    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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