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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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  • Nice architecture from outside as well as inside. the church was too good. the dome paintings are excellent. must see for an art lover 
    Nice architecture from outside as well as inside. the church was too good. the dome paintings are excellent. must see for an art lover  more »
  • Spent a couple of days in Vienna. The city does not disappoint. It is a walkable city as a lot of the museums, churches, City Hall, etc. are not too far from each other. Same with the many shopping.....  more
    Spent a couple of days in Vienna. The city does not disappoint. It is a walkable city as a lot of the museums, churches, City Hall, etc. are not too far from each other. Same with the many shopping.....  more »
  • Giant Church. Unbelievably huge and not in the style of the typical Church in Vienna. Definitely a must see!!!!!!!!!!! 
    Giant Church. Unbelievably huge and not in the style of the typical Church in Vienna. Definitely a must see!!!!!!!!!!!  more »
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  • Visit this beautiful church, its amazing inside, there is some renovation works being carried out, but its still worth visiting. There is a small charge to pay, but its completely worth it. The church was built to remember the victims of the black plague. The architecture inside is amazing, outside is beautiful too especially with the reflections from the water feature. Also take the elevator to the dome at the top, there is a viewing window with far reaching views of the city. Although it's not in the centre of Vienna, it's definitely worth seeing, especially inside 👌
  • One of the most beautiful churches i have visited! In some seasons, there are classical concerts inside in the evening which is amazing! Also in the square in front of the church, there are nice lake and atmosphere.
  • A very nice place and park to hang out. I was there in summer so some food vans were there, people hanging out. In the night there are A LOT of people having a good time – many friend groups gathering around.
  • Very pretty church. It is worth going in, and worth the climb upstairs! Great view from the balcony. Inside there is an elevator that even brings you to the tower. It is a shame that the elevator is in the centre of the church though.
  • There is scaffolding with an elevator inside the church. It was used for restoration, but now you can take it up close to the ceiling and see more details of the ceiling paintings up close. A really different, worthwhile experience. Be sure to climb the stairs, to the left, just behind where you buy your tickets. They lead to the organ loft and an outside overlook point.

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