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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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  • 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.
  • So far my favorite cathedral in Vienna. It's beautiful! I don't know how it is not better known in the world. Also, it has my favorite Christmas market when it's the season for it. My kids love the small playgrounds there too.
  • This church have two pillars and built by emperor Charles after which people were safe from plaque disease.. The story is narrated well on these pillars
  • This church is a must see! Much better than the popular St Stephens! Just beautiful!
  • I just visit from outside because it was so difficult to find a parking place nearby, and the parking rules of Vienna are absolutely unclear for the visitors, so I didn't risk a fine. Just from the outside is amazing.
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