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The Karlskirche in Vienna

The Karlskirche Vienna

Striking sacral building with a mighty dome: the Karlskirche, the last great work of the baroque star architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. Completed in 1739 by his son Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach, the building was built on the basis of a vow made by Emperor Charles VI during a plague epidemic. The church is dedicated to the patron saint of the Habsburg emperor, St. Charles Borromeo: the small Museo Borromeo exhibits, among other things, traveling clothes of the Milanese bishop. The high altar, designed by Fischer von Erlach, shines again in all its glory after its renovation. The lavish dome frescoes by Johannes Michael Rottmayr cover 1250 m² of colorful splendor and depict the glory of St. Charles Borromeo.

Karlskirche Vienna © Gisela Gruber
Karlskirche Vienna © Gisela Gruber

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