Votivkirche - Votive Church, Vienna

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    Votive Church

    by larigot Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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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    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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    by socrates_07 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    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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    Votive church

    by Raimix Updated Oct 20, 2013

    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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    Votickirche is magnificent on the Vienna skyline

    by cmarsek Written Dec 4, 2004

    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Votivkirche

    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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