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Karlskirche, Vienna

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Religious Site
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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  • Karlskirche is a symbol of Vienna, excellent point to start visiting the Austrian capital, a must see!
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  • a still great Temple of Vienna, you have the possibility to get with mobile and then walk to troyla and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
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  • This whole church is, like many in Austria, beautifully presented. What makes it special is the lift that takes you up to the base of the dome where you can view the beautiful paints and from where yo...  more »
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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.