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St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

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Address: Kreuzherrengasse 1, Vienna 1040, Austria
Phone Number: 01/504-61-87
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Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best known...

Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best known landmarks.

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Worth a visit, despite high entrence fee

The church is beautiful, as many other. But here using the lift the visitor has the ability to be close to the wall/roof paintings, which makes it just amazing experience. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was built in memory of the black death. The style of the building is a mix of everything. Especially you will remember columns decorated with skulls and corpses. It seems like near there it is the local University - the students probably have fun))

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

St. Charles' Church (Karlskirche) was an exquisite structure that first opened in 1737 and was located on the south side of Karlsplatz. Many consider it to be the most outstanding baroque church in all of Vienna. It certainly was exquisite. Karlskirche was a beautiful church with two large impressive pillars and a copper dome. The structure was breathtaking.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The church is beautiful, as many other. But here using the lift the visitor has the ability to be close to the wall/roof paintings, which makes it just amazing experience. The entrance fee is 8EU, which is not chip....

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Bucharest
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on the south side of Karlsplatz, Karlskirche is an outstanding monument dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo. Fischer's greatest work contains a large green copper dome in the form of an elongated ellipsoid, a facade in the center, which leads to the porch, corresponding to a Greek temple portico and two flanking columns with spiral narrative as on Trajan's Column.... More 

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Annandale, VA (located just outside Washington, DC)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The church is currently be renovated. An elevator takes you up to a platform located about 150 feet above the church floor. From there, a set of circular stairs allows you to reach the very top of the Church's dome. You are literally 5 - 10 feet from the dome's magnificent paintings/frescoes. The detail and colors are exquisite...at the dome's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I like this church because of its different style and the beautiful frescoes on the ceiling. Currently there is an elevator that takes you to the ceiling so you can see the painting and restoration work up close. Cost is 8 €. If you enter outside the opening hours od the elevator you can see the church for free.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing views all around this area. A little crowded but worthwhile. We were warned of pickpockets in the area but felt safe.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my favorite church in th city. Very unusual Baroque design with a dome and minarets. Inside the high altar has a stucco relief showing St Borromero assending into heaven on a cloud with angels. Th church was dedicated to St Borromero as the patron saint of the plague. We also attended a lovely violent quartet concert here one... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is breathtaking landmark, one of must see places in Vienna. It's possible to go up to the highest point of the church, first by lift and after that by stairs.

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Karlsplatz is a beautiful open area in front of Karlskirche, and if you are lucky enough to be there in late November through December, you'll be able to take in the Christmas market there. The church itself is beautiful, and worth a visit.

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Staying in Wieden

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Wieden
The fourth district combines elegant tradition with contemporary style and relaxed living. More than a dozen town palaces and churches such as St. Charles Borromeo have added glamour to a neighborhood known for its traditional retail and crafts shops, taverns, cafés. Wieden is also home to Naschmarkt, Vienna’s largest street market. Many bohemian types have found their way to Wieden: meet them in trendy cafés and bars, shop alongside them for vintage items, enjoy Wien Museum’s and Kunsthalle’s modern temporary exhibitions, and hang out with the bees at Vienna’s most beautiful urban garden, Karlsgarten.