Karlskirche – Vienna

The Church of St Charles Borromeo is located in Karlsplatz, just 200m outside the ring street, still in the city center. It was commissioned by Emperor Charles IV of the Holy Roman Emperor for his namesake saint. Started in 1713 by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and finished by his son Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach in 1737, it is a prime example of Baroque architecture. Its two pillars (imitating Trajan’s column in Rome) and prominent dome make it look very different (and mosque like) from all the other cathedrals and Vienna, but also makes it my favorite.

~ by jonathanmtsai on April 7, 2011.

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