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Votivkirche, Vienna

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Featuring two slim spires visible from a great distance, Votivkirche serves as one of Vienna's major Gothic landmarks, known for its stained-glass windows. Commissioned immediately after a failed assassination attempt on the life of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853, the church was finally finished nearly two decades later. Consecrated on the silver anniversary of the emperor's marriage, the structure sits across from the site of the assassination attempt. The exterior features an intricate facade embellished with sculptures, while inside you can see an eye-catching altar decorated with glass mosaics and alabaster columns. Before you head to Vienna, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Vienna visit planning website, to make sure you see all that Vienna has to offer, including Votivkirche.
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  • We visited the Votivkirche the same day as St Stephen's Cathedral and I must admit that I definitely preferred the Votivkirche. It was much more peaceful and prayerful than the Cathedral and very... 
    We visited the Votivkirche the same day as St Stephen's Cathedral and I must admit that I definitely preferred the Votivkirche. It was much more peaceful and prayerful than the Cathedral and very...  more »
  • Better than St Stephen’s cathedral, less crowded, the stained glass windows are amazing Both new and old ones. Loved every part of it 
    Better than St Stephen’s cathedral, less crowded, the stained glass windows are amazing Both new and old ones. Loved every part of it  more »
  • This is an old church. It was build by the emperors brother on the spot where someone tried to kill the emperor. The church is large ornate and interesting. It is undergoing a cleaning right now... 
    This is an old church. It was build by the emperors brother on the spot where someone tried to kill the emperor. The church is large ornate and interesting. It is undergoing a cleaning right now...  more »
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  • One of the joys of Vienna is its churches. Wander in any of them from the street and you are sure to discover something to delight and surprise. The scale and grandeur of this church is on a par with most cathedrals. It is simply vast. The enormous scaffolding for the internal renovation is impressive in its own right. Hopefully when the restoration is complete and the century of dust is removed it will reveal the rich colours hiding beneath.
  • One of my favorite churches to visit when in Vienna. Although it is undergoing renovations it doesn’t take away from the interiors beauty. Some of the best stained glass windows I’ve seen. The main altar is beautiful without being gaudy. I have visited this church over a dozen times in the past 4 yrs and always leave with a peaceful heart.
  • The temple was built at the end of 19th century. Just fabulous architecture. Many unusual stained glass windows in the temple. During the visit, it was partially under reconstruction. Entrance is free.
  • One of many impressive places of worship in Vienna . Quite transfixing when you look at the detail within. It’s hard to say which is the best out of several I visited. I would say though it was well worth the visit. Big renovations underway internally and externally but did not ruin the ambience too much.
  • The church was under some reconstructions when we got there but, the overall feeling was just overwhelming. The gothic style in architecture is simply stunning. It was built in 18th century as a gratitude to God for saving the life of emperor Franz Joseph the 1st when an association attempt was made on him.

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