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Karlskirche, Vienna

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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Karlskirche, dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo, is famous for its ellipsoid dome and two flanking columns of bas-reliefs. Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI commissioned this 18th-century Baroque church one year after the last great plague epidemic. See the reliefs and frescoes illustrating the scenes from the life of the great 16th-century reformer. The columns, similar to the Trajan Column in Rome, act as symbols of imperial power. They recall the two columns that stood in front of the Temple at Jerusalem and the Pillars of Hercules. The church is the final resting place of the composer Antonio Vivaldi. A visit to Karlskirche represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Vienna trip itinerary maker tool to plot your vacation.
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  • Well worth a visit. Easily accessible from Karlsplatz: a central transportation hub. Entry is cash only though. If you fancy a climb up the stone spiral staircase you can get to the organ overlooking....  more
    Well worth a visit. Easily accessible from Karlsplatz: a central transportation hub. Entry is cash only though. If you fancy a climb up the stone spiral staircase you can get to the organ overlooking....  more »
  • Stunning baroque church flanked by two ornate columns which are adorned with angels etc. It's on route to the Belvedere if walking 
    Stunning baroque church flanked by two ornate columns which are adorned with angels etc. It's on route to the Belvedere if walking  more »
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  • What an amazing church. You have to pay entrance fee. The panorama few with the elevator is unique and just till 2.11.22 there. It’s worth it. I really love the St. Agnes chapel just to sit and pray, meditate or be alone with your thoughts. I love the architecture and the spirit this place has for me. I could spend hours there just to sit and enjoy the music when they play the Orgel and look at the paintings
  • I am not going to lie: entering this church feels like entering heaven. We went there close to the opening so there was nearly nobody and it might be the best decision I have ever made. Few can rival Vienna's magnificent churches and this one is another proof of that. In addition to the main altar, the panoramic terrace of which we can observe the city is also gorgeous. Totally worth the entry fee.

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