St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), Vienna

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Featured often in some of the oldest images of the city, St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade) represents one of Vienna's oldest and most recognizable places of worship. Consecrated in 1414, the church served as a popular spot for anglers due to its proximity to the Danube River. Today, the narrow Gothic building is best known for its ornate 56 m (180 ft) tower. Step inside to observe the imposing high altar, colorful stained glass, intricately carved statues, and 15th-century reliefs on the porticos. The grandeur and beauty of the church today make it hard to believe it once served as an arsenal and stable for Napoleon during his occupation of Vienna. With our world travel planner, Vienna attractions like St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade) can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This church is not mentioned in many guides and not many guided tours lead past it, but it's a hidden gem in the first district. It seems rather unremarkable, but don't be fooled. When in the area you...  more »
  • This is a great little church that is worth a visiting. It's located centrally and is free to enter.  more »
  • Affects first and foremost because of its shape. Inside is very pretty, it almost seems in miniature. The portal of entry. To see if you are passing through, I won't be disappointed.
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  • This is Am Gestade, literally means at the riverbank. There used to be a port at the foot of the steps and the steps lead up to the Maria am Gestade, or St Mary on the Banks. Right at the top of the stairs is Maria am Gestade, one of the oldest churches in Vienna, built in the era of Gothic architecture. As with many old churches, Maria am Gestade is built on one of the oldest sites in the city before the advent of more modern architecture that surrounds the area. Yes, most churches in Europe looked the same because they are all gothic. Constructed during the Middle-Ages before the Renaissance and before more modern styles took its place. Still, it always amazes me at the detail that goes into constructing this, down to the small sculptures and ornaments that often is found on its facade.
  • A beautiful church.
  • Worth stopping by this nice gothic church
  • beautiful church, very quiet, an unknown jewel
  • Beautiful church in a neighborhood quiet. French-speaking parish of Vienna, mass at 11:30 on Sunday.
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