Dominican Church

Dominican Church, Vienna

Dominican Church
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
How to get there
  • Stubentor • 2 min walk
  • Schwedenplatz • 4 min walk
Best nearby
Restaurants
3,809 within 3 miles
Attractions
819 within 6 miles

4.5
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KAW687
London, UK1,919 contributions
Oct 2019
The unassuming exterior hides a very ornate interior, ornate and well worth a visit. In a city full of churches this is one of the best.
Written January 9, 2020
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Monika T
Warsaw, Poland543 contributions
Dec 2019
One of many baroque beautiful and breath taking churches in Vienna. This one and other churches are definitely must see when visiting Vienna.
Written January 6, 2020
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,469 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Deceptively plain from the outside this is really beautiful peaceful church inside.

We were able to sit and have a few moments of reflection here which we always love. We admired the fabulous architecture and art work while we took the weight off our feet for a few moments.
Written November 18, 2019
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Kathyey1
Salt Lake City, UT246 contributions
Sep 2019
So, this church is not too hard to find and worth the effort. Just a wonderful, beautiful church that is worth visiting.
Written October 1, 2019
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TerraVR
Varna, Bulgaria604 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
The church is located near the Jesuit Church. The interior is very well done. The columns, the altar and the frescoes are impressive. You can sit and listen to the organ performance while enjoying the little ornaments in the interior.
Written July 10, 2019
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vanya_lamprinidou
Αθήνα, Ελλάδα203 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Went early one morning to admire the architecture and the decor but couldn't bring myself to it. The moment I set foot inside I felt really bad, like something terrible had happened there, like someone or something terrifying was still lurking in there, I can't explain with words, it just felt threatening. Tried to persuade myself not to be silly but it didn't work, the inner voice told me to flee immediately.
Written May 15, 2019
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Rabih SOUAID
Beirut, Lebanon2,212 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Free entrance.
Visit Duration: 40 minutes.
The marvelous interiour with thr dome frescoes, side chapels, altar and organ are not to compare with the decent exterior.

The Dominican church, also known as
the Church of St. Maria Rotunda, is an early Baroqueparish church.
In 1631 the Dominicans started to build a new oblong church with a dome, and Baroque style of Italy was introduced to Vienna.

The ornate interior is imposing by its architecture and the exquisite stucco in the decorations. Semi-circular windows allow a soft light on the frescoes of the barrel-vaulted ceiling. The ceiling frescoes depict in 46 scenes the life of Our Lady. The apse around the main altar was decorated with two historic paintings of Christian victories, ascribed to power of the Rosary : the Battle of Muret(1213) and the Battle of Lepanto (1571).

6 beautiful side chapel are siding the Church. Each of the six chapels is dedicated to a saint, portrayed in the painting above the altar.
1-Chapel of St. Catherine of Siena which the painting depicts the Mythical wedding of the saint with Christ.

2-Chapel of Thomas Aquinas
3-Chapel of Saint Rose of Lima 
4-Chapel of Saint Anne (mother of Mary) 

5-Chapel of St. Vincent Ferrer : .The magnificent paintings. The altarpiece (1726) shows the saint bringing back to life a dead person. The angels with trumpets above the painting refer to the mission of this preacher of penitence.

6-Chapel of St. Catherine of Alexandria : The altarpiece depicting realistically the martyrdom of the saint.
Written January 27, 2019
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westy54
Sydney, Australia6,781 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This Baroque church, also known as the Church of St Maria Rotunda, was consecrated in 1634 and is the third church to be built on this site, the earlier versions having met with misfortune.

The two storey facade has six decorated pilasters, three each side of the portal, reaching up to the first storey. There are a further two pilasters, with a large dormer window between them, that reach up to the triangular pediment on top of the building. There are statues in niches on either sides of the windows on both the ground and first storey as well as statues on the corners where the first storey meets the second storey and on the corners of the pediment. Two columns hold up the portal which has statues of St Catherine of Siena and St Agnes of Montepulciano kneeling on either side below a statue of Mary, the patron saint of this church. There are approximately 15 steps to reach the front door and entry is free.

The interior is a mass of marble, silver, ornate stucco, wonderful frescoed ceilings and walls, gilded woodwork, beautiful paintings and lovely side chapels.

The interior structure is a single nave with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, a transept with two chapels, an apse over the main altar, a choir and a large dome (which was only built in 1820 to replace an earlier version). There are three elaborate side chapels, all dedicated to saints, on either side of the nave. The colourful ceiling frescoes depict 46 scenes in the life of Mary. There is a beautiful altarpiece behind the main altar with four red Corinthian columns and an enormous painting depicting the establishment by Pope Pius V of the Feast of the Rosary. The very ornate gilded pulpit dates from the early 18th century.

In my opinion this church, whilst different, matches the beauty of the Jesuit Church, which is nearby.
Written January 26, 2019
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paulkoza
Ashland, VA187 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Beautiful church off the beaten path. If you are lucky, you may also catch the organ rehersal for concerts. Close to the Jesuit church, so you can take both in while in the immediate vicinity.
Written December 15, 2018
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Stephen Charles S
Salisbury, UK93 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
Near the Dom you can often access organ recitals at lunchtime/afternoon & contemplate the sumptious surroundings
Written December 1, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dominican Church

Dominican Church is open:
  • Sun - Sun 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM