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Karlskirche, Vienna

4.2
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic 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. 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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  • The Karlskirche - (Charles Church) - a Baroque style built church - impressive and beautiful. Situated in the Karlsplatz - you can arrive here with public transportation (U-Bahn is in close vicinity.....  more »
  • The church is definitely pretty but probably not worth 8€ per adult.... there is an elevator to see the ceiling painting which is great. Waiting for it to be available is however the longest part of.....  more »
  • Sadly, we were running short on time before heading home so, although the entrance fee was reasonable, it wasn't worth us paying it considering we wouldn't be able to stay very long. From the outside....  more »
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  • Wonderful baroque church that is stunning both outside and in. The addition of two huge floating reflective spheres in the nave is very questionable. So too is the lift, also in the church itself, which does however allow visitors right to the top of the dome. The resulting view is spectacular.
  • Best place of Vienna trip. We opted not to go inside. In the evening, with a person playing sitar in the background, the view with small pond before it was most memorable moment. The carving of bible on the twin towers below is marvellous.
  • I love this church! It's decorated columns are just impressive, as much as its interiors. Usually on weekends during the good season there are nice events, and the Xmas markets are the best in Vienna!
  • Fascinating and beautiful church in a fabulous platz setting. The altar is stunning and the side vestibules are beautiful. The church also has a lift to the top which is definitely worth taking for the magnificent views. Be prepared to wait for that lift, it's quite a slow process.....but be patient, it's well worth it.
  • My favorite place in Vienna. We love coming here with my husband with a bottle of wine and chatting all night. There is also a drink stall where you can get beer, coffee etc. They also have a loo! Visit the museum in it but be sure to spend time by the pond in the evening.

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