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“Interesting Church” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Minoritenkirche

Minoritenkirche
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Small-Group Vienna Highlights Walking Tour
Ranked #79 of 556 things to do in Vienna
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Malaga, Spain
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“Interesting Church”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2012

The Church of the Friars Minor is also known as the Italian National Church of Mary of the Snows. The land where the church was built was given to the friars of St. Francis of Assisi in 1224. Premysl Ottokar II laid the foundation stone in 1276. The church was finished in 1350 in the French Gothic style. Joseph II gave the church to the Italians as a present. The church was renovated into the Gothic style in 1784. There is a life-sized copy of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper on the church's northern wall. It is a mosaic made by the Roman mosaic artist Giacomo Raffaelli, commissioned by Napoleon I in 1809, but it was not finished before Napoleon's abdication. Francis II of Austria bought it, wanting to install it in the Belvedere in Vienna. As it was too large for the building, it was set up on the north wall of the church, where it remains to this day.

Visited May 2012
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“interesting history”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011

Not as elaborate as many of Vienna's churches, this French gothic church was completed in 1350; the top of the bell tower was damaged during the first Austro-Turkish war; rebuilt; and then destroyed again in the second Austro-Turkish war; apparently acknowledging the the pattern and probability of a repeat, the top was then replaced with a flat roof! The church was given to the Viennese Italian community, and is still under Italian administration; masses are in German and Italian. Not exactly a 'must see' in Vienna, but an interesting story behind it.

Visited July 2011
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