St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)
The Church of St Charles Borromeo, or Karlskirche, is the finest baroque church in Vienna and was built between 1716 and 1739, after a vow by Karl VI at the end of the 1713 plague. It was designed and commenced by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and completed by his son Joseph. Although predominantly baroque, it combines several architectural styles.
The twin columns are modeled on Trajan's Column in Rome and show scenes from the life of St Charles Borromeo (who helped plague victims in Italy), to whom the church is dedicated. The huge oval dome reaches 236 ft (72m); in combination with the church's large windows, the dome's height creates a bright, open nave. There is a small museum with a handful of religious art and clothing purportedly from the saint, but the highlight is the lift to the dome for a close-up view of the detailed frescoes by Johann Michael Rottmayr. The altar panel is by Sebastiano Ricci and shows the Assumption of the Virgin. In front of the church is a pond, complete with a Henry Moore sculpture from 1978.
Tours and tickets to Experience St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)
What are St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche) hours of operation?
Should I book St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche) tickets in advance?
How much does it cost to visit St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche) 2021?
What's the best way to experience St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)?
- Vienna City Bike Tour
- Vienna at night! Photo tour of the most beautiful buildings in the city
- Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group or Private Evening Tour with Food & Drink
- Photogenic Vienna with a Local
Things to do near Vienna
- Things to do in Schwechat
- Things to do in Bratislava
- Things to do in Graz
- Things to do in Linz
- Things to do in Cesky Krumlov
- Things to do in Budapest
- Things to do in Hallstatt
- Things to do in Passau
- Things to do in Salzburg
- Things to do in Prague
- Things to do in Zagreb
- Things to do in Pilsen
- Things to do in Lower Austria
- Things to do in Upper Austria
- Things to do in Bohemia