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St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

Kreuzherrengasse 1, Vienna 1040, Austria (Innere Stadt)
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Ranked #57 of 410 Attractions in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Church of St. Charles     The Church of St. Charles (Karlskirche) is located at Kreuzherrengasse 1. It was ordered built by Emperor Charles VI in... more »
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I did not let the negative reviews about the scaffolding keep me from going inside. I hesitated because of the 8 euro entrance fee but ever so gkad i did not let that deter me. The alter, organ and side alter paintings are all impressive. But, no doubt, the highlight was going into the dome. Seeing the paintings up close... More

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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately, you have to pay to enter, but the building is still worth going to see just from the outside especially on a sunny day. There are lots of benches around and a playground- useful if you have kids :)

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Green Bay, Wi
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Although they are restoring some frescos, it is well worth visiting. We attended a concert for 19 euros on Sun night and viewed the church for free, although the elevator isn't available then. Some of the paintings were so clear and vivid that it was mesmerizing. The concert was beautiful and the church is outstanding. A must see!!

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Dokkum, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Our travel guide was telling us it was the greatest barrok church in Vienna. Inside we had to pay 8€ for entering a church that was in renovation, thus rapped in iron end plastic cover. The museum contained 3 relics and a couple op pictures of the church. A big dis appointment. There are a lot of churches looking better... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It is a beautiful church with fabulous frescos and religious statues. It is a real mess inside with scaffoldings in the centre of the church. There is a lot of restoration work being done to the walls and ceiling. There is an elevator and stairs to allow people to have closer look at the beautiful and colourful frescos on the... More

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London, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We visited the church this evening to hear Mozarts Requiem. Painful to listen to, very dark, Old Testament music. 39 euros each for average seats. The church itself is breathtaking-architecture,frescos and paintings.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is one of the most attractive churches you will find in Vienna. It's façade is wonderfully baroque. It's beautiful green dome is flanked by two columns reminiscent of Trajan's column in Rome. Concerts are held each night at 8pm and cost €30.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is a beautiful church to visit when you are in Vienna. A great way to visit the church is to attend a classical music concert.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I have never visited a church where you can take a panoramic lift up to the dome. It was absolutely fantastic. we went up twice. Once you get to the end of the lift, you can climb 125 metres further to reach the top of the dome. I didn't make that trek - the stairs are really scaffolding and they... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I was stunned to discover not only a beautiful religious piece of art surrounded by peace in the heart of the city, but an interior that takes your breath away and leaves you mouth-open. Because you never thought you would be able to take an elevator right from the nave up to the cupola of a church and let you... More

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