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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. For Karlskirche and beyond, use our Vienna vacation trip planner to get the most from your Vienna vacation.
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  • The visit of the Saint Charles Church begins outside and extends, for lovers, until the virtual tour! Otherwise, more classic, the Church is a very nice place to visit but also to collect himself. Apart from lovers of frescoes, who will be able to admire about the accuracy of the frescoes of the dome, the access to the platform "offering a panorama" is not recommended for the victims of the dizziness, people should limit the heart efforts. Access, despite the lift is difficult, the very narrow platform and the view... disappointing.
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  • When you pay 8 euros, we forget to tell you that there is a huge scaffolding that allows to go see the city to the controlling of the windows of the dome... amazing location
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  • The Church of san carlo and a destination not to be missed and so beautiful to be enchanted, do not miss his altar frescoes of the dome and the two columns.
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  • One of the best looking churches in Vienna. You really need to see this church if you visit this city. From city center you can walk to this church.
  • Breath taking cathedral. The spires are so unique to this place. The fountain outside is a great place to take a break and eat. The interior is very classic and yet still Gothic in design.
  • Beautiful church with an elevator that takes you to the top of the tower for a nice view of the city also some nice close ups of the paintings on the top of the dom very cool
  • Hidden treasure. Must see. The most beautiful church in Vienna.
  • Only saw the outside of this place, it is quite beautiful. The park around it is great to sit and relax on a bench.