Karlskirche | Vienna | Austria

Karlskirche | Vienna | Austria

Karlskirche (Karlskirche) is one of the largest buildings in Vienna. The church was started to be built by Emperor Charles VI in 1716. Emperor Charles had this church built in the name of the patron saint of the city of Vienna, with the hope that the people affected by the plague would recover as soon as possible. The construction of the church began in 1716 and was completed in 1737. The designer of the church is ‌Johann ‌Bernhard ‌Fischer. However, since Fischer died in 1723, the task of completing the construction was left to his son, Joseph Emanuel Fischer.


Fidelity and courage were emphasized in the design of the church. The religious building, which was designed to resemble Roman victory columns, has sculptures and wall reliefs that add splendor to the interior. These sculptures and wall reliefs are signed by Daniel ‌Gran and ‌Martino Altomonte.

Karl’s Church has Roman and Greek influences in terms of architecture. Especially in the columns, similarities with the Trojan columns, which are famous in the history of architecture, are striking. From the 72-meter-high dome of the church, you can admire the magnificent city view of Vienna.

As in many European cities, the church is not only visited for worship purposes, but also classical music concerts are held here, usually on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Visiting Information: Church Monday-Friday; It is open to visitors between 09:00 – 18:00. Sundays and holidays; It is open to visitors between 12:00 – 19:00. Entrance fees are 8 Euros for adults. For groups of more than 6 people, the entrance fee is 6 Euros. The entrance fee for young people and students is 4 Euros. The entrance fee for Vienna City Card holders is 5 Euros. Admission is free for children under the age of 10.

  • Address: Kreuzherrengasse 1, 1040 ‌Wien.
  • Directions: For transportation by bus, you should choose 48A, 59A and 77A lines. For the metro, you can reach Karlskirche with the U1 and U4 lines.
  • Nearby Places: The Third Man Museum, The Vienna Philharmonic, Heldendenkmal der Roten Armee, Neue Burg, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Leopold Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wiener Staatsoper.

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