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St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

Address: Kreuzherrengasse 1, Vienna 1040, Austria
Phone Number: 01/504-61-87
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Ranked #47 of 303 Attractions in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best known landmarks.
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Jerusalem, Israel
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Karl's church has an impressive oval dome, painted in Baroque style frescoes. The main attraction is an elevator set in the middle of the church, enabling all visitors to climb all the way to the very top of the church. Thanks to that elevator, one can enjoy all fresco paintings from a very close distance and see a very impressive... More 

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Birzebbuga, Malta
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57 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I was sceptic about the elevator to the dome but it resulted in an enjoyable experience. You have to pay an entrance ticket which includes the museum (only a small room) the church and the elevator. There was not a large crowd and one can stay as much as he wants on the scaffolding in the dome. From up there... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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52 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This baroque church is impressive from the outside but when you go in - wow! Somewhat like the tardis, it seemed to be bigger inside than it looked from outside. Very light and airy with beautiful paintings on the ceiling and up into the dome. The biggest surprise was a lift and then scaffolding-based stairs that took you right up... More 

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Nice, France
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13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Too many beautiful free churches in Europe to pay eight euros apiece for a family of six to go in.i'm always happy to pay a couple of euros, but unless it's a full-scale half-day museum that's a rip off. We watched a handful of other people show up, see the list of prices and walk off as well.

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Dorking, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This church is magnificent. The outside is impressive with its spiral carved towers and dome. The inside is so beautiful. It has a lift and staircase added inside to allow you to see the frescoes up close and go up into the glass turret on top of the dome. The structure is intrusive and it costs, but it's worth while... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

You see a church with two columns, not very big and you don t think much of the interior until you see it. The marble of the main pillars is breathtaking for a geologist :) We couldn t get the elevator to see Wien from an upper position but still woth the while just for the interior.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This church is beautiful inside and out. It doesn't deserve a rating but rather much respect. I highly recommend going!

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My wife sang in a performance of Mozart's Requiem to a packed audience at midnight!! Well lit and the interior is excellent. It was a superb concert.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

When we visited the church, we were disappointed to walk in and see the dome under renovation. Large scaffolding covered the entire dome and you couldn't see any of it from the floor. Then we noticed an elevator and asked the attendant if our ticket included the elevator ride. It did and what a great surprise. It transported us directly... More 

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Gyor, Hungary
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Very impressive building and one of the most beautiful churches of Vienna. Love the details, especially on those huge columns. Recommended ;)

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