Widely considered the most outstanding baroque church in Vienna, as well as one of the city's greatest buildings, Karlskirche is dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo, one of the great counter-reformers of the 16th century. In 1713, one year after the last great plague epidemic, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, pledged to build a church for his namesake patron saint, Charles Borromeo, who was revered as a healer for plague sufferers. Construction began in 1716 under the supervision of Anton Erhard Martinelli. Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach completed the construction in 1737 using partially altered plans. The church originally possessed a direct line of sight to the Hofburg and was also, until 1918, the imperial patron parish church.

As a creator of historic architecture, the elder Fischer von Erlach united the most diverse of elements. The façade in the center, which leads to the porch, corresponds to a Greek temple portico. The neighboring two columns, crafted by Lorenzo Mattielli, found a model in Trajan's Column in Rome. Next to those, two tower pavilions extend out and show the influence of the Roman baroque (Bernini and Borromini). Above the entrance, a dome rises up above a high drum, which the younger J.E. Fischer shortened and partly altered.

The high altarpiece portraying the ascension of the saint was conceptualized by the elder Fischer and executed by Ferdinand Maxmilian Brokoff. The altar paintings in the side chapels are by various artists, including Daniel Gran, Sebastiano Ricci, Martino Altomonte and Jakob van Schuppen. A wooden statue of St. Anthony by Josef Josephu is also on display.

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Karlsplatz 10, Vienna, Austria
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Founded: 1716-1737
Category: Religious sites in Austria

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Tanya Lucas (8 days ago)
Watched Vivaldi Four Seasons and it was very atmospheric. Opera singer interludes also who had an amazing voice! Freezing in the church but they supplied blankets, which was a nice touch- wear lots of layers too! Worth paying for the top tier.
Cristina Andreea Galagan (18 days ago)
One of the most beautiful churches in Vienna, with a nice square and a cosy park. On Christmas they have a lovely Christmas market here. Highly recommended.
Brian Hoff (20 days ago)
Easily reached by foot. Easy views of such a historical place. For the best views, visit Earl in the morning before the tourists awake from their foolish slumber.
Flavy T (48 days ago)
It is a very beautiful church but there are consolidation works inside and there's an elevator inside that ruins the atmosphere. The elevator offers access at the upper part of the church so that you can see the paintings on the walls better. The ticket is 8 Eur/adult and it includes the elevator and a small museum that can be seen if you climb the stairs.
Sydney Candelario (51 days ago)
It was beautiful! The elevator did ruin it for me at first as it takes to so much space, but it was amazing that I was able to see the ceiling up close because of it. It truly made the experience one of a kind!
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