Maria Am Gestade

Maria Am Gestade, Vienna

Maria Am Gestade
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Plan your visit
The area
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
  • Schottenring • 6 min walk
  • Schottenring • 6 min walk

4.5
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Stirling B
Ottawa, Canada545 contributions
Beautiful Architecture
Jul 2019 • Couples
This church located at the top of a set of stairs is close to the Donau Canal outside of the main tourist zone in Vienna. Inside you will find a beautiful altar with amazing stained glass windows. On the outside the bell tower is majestic.
Written July 30, 2019
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic4,855 contributions
Slightly of the main tourist route, but it's worth visiting
Jul 2019 • Couples
This beautiful gothic church is located in the Innere Stadt, not too far from the river, but it is not easy to find it, because it's slightly of the main tourist route. White interior with stained glass windows is really nice. It's worth visiting if you are in area.
Written July 30, 2019
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yegor_b
Minsk, Belarus3,429 contributions
Mary at the Shore
Jan 2019 • Couples
One of the oldest Gothic churches in Vienna used to be a religious place for fishermen and sailors, who worked at the Danube river. It was built in 1414 and still looks outstanding.
Written July 3, 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK590,024 contributions
Beautiful church.
Jun 2019 • Friends
In a city bristling with some amazing churches your spoilt for choice which one to visit and St Mary's On The Bank is certainly a good starting point.
St Mary's On The Bank ( Sy Mary At The Shore or Maria Am Gestade ) is a beautiful church, a great example of Gothic architecture that is so pleasing on the eye, it's one of the oldest churches in Vienna ,its located in the Innere Stadt and was a particularly favourite church used by sailors who worked on the River Danube.
Built between 1394 and completed in 1414 ,its such a wonderful looking church ,along with St Rupert's Church and St Peter's Church are the best examples of Gothic architecture in Vienna.
The church was deconsecrated in 1786 and fell into disrepair to such an extent that during Napoleon's occupation of Vienna in 1809 it was used as an arsenal and stable but by 1812 the church was newly consecrated and renovated to more or less give us the stunning church we see today.
We were wandering around this part of town taking in the stunning architecture the Innere Stadt offers and although the church was closed on our visit it was so good just admiring the beautiful church.
This church is easy to locate on At Passauer Platz and is most definitely well worth checking out.
Written June 5, 2019
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letsdrinkwine
Cambridge, UK133 contributions
Beautiful
Feb 2019 • Friends
An old gothic church, one of rather few in its kind in Vienna unspoiled with a lot of baroque added later. Slightly off the beaten tracks and so very serene and well worth dropping by.
Written March 7, 2019
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Heifait
Haifa, Israel30 contributions
Beautiful and unusual
Jan 2019
I'm not an architecture connoisseur, it's 1st time that I see a Gothic church not with a spire but with such a light lacy openwork bell tower. Especially admirable in the evening in the light snow!
Written January 14, 2019
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i0reth
Munich, Germany16 contributions
An unspoilt Gothic jewel
Dec 2018 • Solo
This small church is the perfect antidote to all the overdecorated baroque churches. Quiet and unassuming, it can lift your spirits if the throngs of tourists elsewhere bring you down.
Written January 6, 2019
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David M
Tampa, FL4,333 contributions
Classical accessible church
Sep 2018 • Solo
This is a classic and ornate church which is in use today and is accessible without tourism trappings.
Written September 8, 2018
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wintersson
Noosa, Australia1,683 contributions
Gothic Splendor
Jun 2018 • Solo
This church (one of the oldest in Vienna) is worthy of being sought out. A bit hard to find. Beautiful interior with stained glass windows some which still contain medieval fragments. Artworks (annunciation) also from that period.
For a more modern twist, you will recognize the stairs and the church in the 'Third Man' movie!
Its one of the very few Gothic buildings in Vienna.
Written July 10, 2018
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China133,916 contributions
One of Vienna's few surviving Gothic churches from the Middle Ages
Mar 2018 • Couples
Maria am Gestade (Mary at the Shore) is located at Salvatorgasse street and is one of Vienna's oldest churches and few remaining examples of Gothic style buildings from the Middle Ages. The churches history dates back to at least the 12th century while the present building was constructed between 1394-1414.

During a recent visit, I unfortunately found the church closed to the public so was unable to enter and explore the inside. However, I did very much enjoy walking around the outside, taking in the original Gothic architecture of the building.

Most notably for me were the porticos which are fenced but easy to view. These are decorated nicely with statue reliefs and fresco ornamentation. You can spot a few gargoyles as well on the side of the church building. If you step back across the street in front of the church, you can better view the church tower which rises 56 metre high and dates back to 1428.

In the end, hopefully others will find the church open for visitation. If not, the exterior is worth a few minutes to enjoy if you are a fan of Gothic architecture.

Note: There is a decent stone fountain called Hannakenbrunnen at the bottom of the staircase leading up to Maria Am Gestade. This is worth checking out as well if you enjoy viewing monuments during your travels.
Written March 26, 2018
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