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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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  • It is a church known as Vienna's most prominent baroque architecture, founded in 1713 by The Holy Roman Emperor Carl VI and in 1737. Carl VI takes the role of offering the church to Carlo Borromeo, a 16th-century Italian saint named "Karl, Karl, Carlo, Charles", the same as him. In Vienna at the beginning of the 18th century, the fear of plague, feared as a black death, has almost subsided, and it is named after St. Carlo Bobromemeo once saved many people when the Black Death spread in Milan. However, it may have been more important for the emperor that St. Carlo Borromeo was actually one of the leaders of the anti-Reformation. The design and architecture were designed and built by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, who was in charge of the design and architecture of St. Cal...
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  • A beautiful baroque church not too far from karsplatz in Vienna. This church has two impressive columns resembling the Trojans column in Rome. This church also hosts regular Vivaldi concerts to honor ...  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.
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