Karlskirche (St. Charles Church) is an iconic structure in Vienna. Taking over 25 years to construct, it was the product of Emperor Karl VI’s promise to erect a church (to the patron saint of the plague) once Vienna’s great plaque of the 18th century was over. Voila.
I am a little dismayed at my poor photography, so I promise to do a better job the next time I’m in the neighborhood.
The columns are patterned after Trajan’s Column in Rome. For some reason I do not have a photo of Trajan’s Column from our Rome trip for comparison. Guess that means we have to return to Rome.
I nearly squealed with delight when we entered the church, for the church was undergoing restoration of course, but some brilliant person had the even more brilliant idea of installing a lift to the top of the cupola to allow visitors a glimpse of the art that is usually only seen from behind one’s zoom lens. AND, one is even allowed to take photos! Side note to the curator at the art history museum: I did not very much like your allowing me to climb onto the scaffolding to view the “Face to Face with Klimt” on the upper levels of the museum staircase, but not allowing me to take photos. You’re a meanie.
There is some interesting religious art up there.
View from the aisle looking up.
This is the view looking up through two levels of a side chapel. The art in the very center oval is actually one level higher than the art on the perimeter of the oval. Clever.
This is a photo of a photo that I wish I had taken, showing the interior with scaffolding.
And in case you’re wondering, this one isn’t on the Top Ten Churches of Stephansdom Quarter, either.