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Karlskirche, Vienna

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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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  • While walking we found this place, and it was very interesting and different for us. This place doesn't receive enough attention compared to the other places around, and we didn't know about it either...  more »
  • I think this was the first time i have been charged an entrance fee (euro 7.50) to see inside a church.The interior seemed understated for a catholic church although the scene above the altar is inter...  more »
  • This roman catholic church isdediated to Bartholomaeus.beside regulr church services ther is a lift to a wonderfull sightseeing terrace  more »
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  • Amazing. Really speechless the moment I saw it. Inside and outside beautiful architecture and frescos. It's a Must once in Vienna. Its a nice park where it's located.
  • Sit on a bench and enjoy the fountain and the beautiful church. Feel free to explore the church and climb to the top.
  • Smaller than the iconic St Stephens spires but an impressive structure and dome. Ensure you appreciate the carving on the two side towers. There is €8 to go inside for tours.
  • Impressed me more than St. Stephens Cathedral. It has a large yard and the columns and the building is just fantastic.
  • Huge church, superb architecture. stone carvings on the two pillars on the entrance of church and the aqua blue colored dome is just awesome.
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