1181 viewings on 3 January, 2015During Vienna’s plague epidemic of 1713, Emperor Karl IV vowed that as soon as the city was delivered from it’s plight he would build a church dedicated to St Charles Borromeo (1538-84), the patron saint of the plague. At 72m (236ft) it is the tallest Baroque church in Vienna. The Neo-Classical giant dome and portico are flanked by two minaret-like towers and the Oriental-style gatehouses. Inspired by Trajan’s column in Rome, these columns feature scenes from the life of St Charles Borromeo, illustrating the qualities of Steadfastness and Courage.
My photo “Karleskirche, Vienna Austria” shows the frescoes in the Cupola up close.
Top ten in challenge in “Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses” group
Top ten in challenge in “Religious Architecture” group
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