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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :(
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.
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.