Maltese Church

Vienna, Austria

The Maltese Church is a Roman Catholic Gothic church of the Knights Hospitaller in Vienna. The first church on this site is mentioned in 1217, as a commandry to care and support crusaders. The current building was built in the mid-15th century. In the 17th century it was a favoured preaching location for Abraham a Sancta Clara.

This building was rebuilt to fit contemporary taste in the Baroque era and in 1806, and the Kommendenhaus (1839) and parts of the church (1857) had stained glass added during the 19th century. The Order ran into financial trouble after the First World War and in 1933 had to sell the church and the Johanneshof, and the church was given over to other uses within a historical preservation order. It was bought back in 1960 and restored in stages in 1968, 1972 and 1983-84, finishing with a general restoration in 1998.

The church's high altarpiece was painted in 1730 by Johann Georg Schmidt.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Austria

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Antonio Mariano (15 months ago)
A spectacular oasis of peace in the heart of Vienna.
j. Arevalo-Adam (2 years ago)
Church of Saint John the Baptist. In the Nave there are over 40 original escutcheons of important Knights of the Order of St. John of Malta; we missed them. Tip: READ The Great Siege of Malta (Maltese: L-Assedju l-Kbir) occurred in 1565 when the Ottoman Empire attempted to conquer the island of Malta, then held by the Knights Hospitaller. The siege lasted nearly four months, from 18 May to 13 September 1565.
Konstantin Fernau (2 years ago)
I never expected such a beautiful tiny chapel within a busy commercial road.once inside,the outside noise is only marginally to hear. An astonishing place to be in.
Ethan Poole (5 years ago)
Beautiful small Maltese church. Did not attand any services.
Jesmond Sharples (5 years ago)
Beautiful quaint small church in the centre of Vienna
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