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“Beautiful Church”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Augustinerkirche

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Vienna City Classic Walk With a Small Group
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Malaga, Spain
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“Beautiful Church”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

The Church of St. Augustine is located on Josefsplatz and is beside the Hofburg Palace. Duke Frederick the Handsome was the founder of the church in 1327, and a cloister was built for the Augustinian friars. The architect of the church was Dietrich Landtner and the church was consecrated in 1349. The church was declared as the parish church of the imperial church in 1634. Many Habsburg weddings took place there, including the wedding of Archduchess (and future Empress) Maria Theresa in 1736 to Duke Francis of Lorraine, the wedding of Archduchess Marie Louise in 1810 to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte of France, and the wedding of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1854 to Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria. In the Church of St. Augustine there is this marble tomb of the Archduchess Marie Christine (1742-1798), the daughter of Maria Theresa. Antonio Canova created the sculpture in 1805. The church has many crystal chandeliers. In 2004 a new side altar was added that remembers Emperor Karl I of Austria (1887-1922), who may become a saint in the Catholic Church.

Visited May 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012

We went at night and the church as abandoned, we were the only ones there. Made for a beautiful and personal experience. Hard to see detail in the low light, but the candle lit church was amazing

Visited January 2012
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“Old church with a fine organ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

We attented a service which included "Grosse messe B-dur by Franz Schubert", and the choire and the organ was really something to appreciate, very good

Visited April 2012
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“Moving service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2012

Was lucky enough to see part of a Easter weekend service. Found the church building, the music and the service extremely moving.

Visited April 2012
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“A powerful place to workship and hear music”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

The Augustinerkirche is not overpowering like a lot of the more popular cathedrals in Europe. As the royal chapel, it is more intimate and therefore more conducive to prayer and/or reflection. On Sundays, they usually have a Mozart or Bach mass being performed - something that does not happen here in North America and a rare treat.

Visited May 2011
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