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St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

Kreuzherrengasse 1, Vienna 1040, Austria (Innere Stadt)
01/504-61-87
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Ranked #53 of 399 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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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The Karlskirche is perhaps Vienna's grandest church exterior. It is a huge early 18th century baroque church with a couple of mighty columns in honour of Karl Borromäus. The church is also the home of a spiritual order - the Kreuzherren mit dem Roten Stern. It is the kind of place everyone passing by stops to take photos. In a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The church facade while attractive may not be alluring compared to the beauty inside. The main altar is grand and simply outstanding. There are a few other altars on both sides. There are beautiful paintings on the ceiling. The church has installed an elevator inside the church all the way up to the ceiling. Pay the €8 entrance fee it's... More

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Fife, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This was by far the best 8€ spent on an attraction during our recent visit to Vienna as visiting any visitor attraction is relatively expensive in this city. A very peaceful,place, but the effort taken to install a lift and stairs to allow visitors to view the awe inspiring dome paintings is to be commended. Even if you don't fancy... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a truly remarkable baroque building. It has an extraordinary facade with huge columns outside depicting the life of St Charles. We nearly resisted going in because of the charge but were pleased we did because there is a lift inside. This takes one up to a viewing platform high in the church. A staircase takes one up to... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I was in the church and saw an excellent performance of Vivaldi Four Seasons and Vivaldi Arias by Ensemble 1756 and vocalist Marelize Gerber. To experience such wonderful music and Ms. Gerbers beautiful voice, in this beautiful baroque church was the highlight of my trip. The acoustics also seem to resonate in a very special way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Once you get to the top of the elevator, there are still some number of steps before you get to the very top. The view of the church's interior while you were up there was pretty amazing and very unique. There is not that much to see once you get to the top though as the windows were pretty dirty.... More

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Dalston, London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great opportunity to see these amazing frescos close up. However the lift and the scaffold tower does intrude a little into the overall view of the interior of this great Church

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Bucuresti
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

we had the chance only to view this church from outside, had already got dark but the light on the building give a magnificent view. in the park, in front of the building we had the chance to admire an argentinian tango club exercising.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Currently this church is undergoing massive restorations. It has a temporary elevator inside that gets you close to the dome's frescos. It is really neat to see them up close! There is an additional set of stairs (probably not for the faint of heart, they are also makeshift and a tab wobbly), that takes you all the way to the... More

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SWEngland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I know this is a beautiful church but compared to all the other sites and venues in Vienna the charges here are not acceptable. Even as 2 OAPS we had to pay 16 Euros to see inside the church. The Stephansdom Cathedral is free as are all the other churches of note and one is asked for little more to... More

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