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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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  • A small and beautiful church with a panoramic view (entrance included with your regular ticket). There is a small exhibition about the Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star. Worth visit!  more »
  • Vienna bright, its iconic places are luxurious and combine them with each other even it seems inappropriate. Today simply walked around the city, haphazardly, but here I went to the Church. Having survived a terrible epidemic of plague in the beginning of 18 century Emperor Charles sixth Habsburg decides to build a temple in honor of its patron saint St. Charles Borromeo. Built church family Erlach, several generations-father started, died, the son continued. Probably because it's so much messed up: Greek portico, Roman columns, Baroque pavilions. And suddenly something very unusual happened. Approaching the Statue from the most commercial Street gradually discover it for themselves-build only partially visible through the trees at first, then you can see more and more, and finally beauty appears in all magnificence, reflected in the water. The most beautiful church of Vienna in my subjective opinion. Located near the Opera Vienna, from Cafe Sacher in the area worth visiting
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  • €8 entrance, to get even in the Church, is not. For this you can then see some a few exhibits in the Schatkammer and drive with the makeshift lift that was installed for the restoration work, under the dome. In principle these should be appears to be free to the Church. For the attractions of a fee can be taken then like, as in other churches also. P.S.: the Church itself is beautiful. from the inside and from the outside
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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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