The Votivkirche is a Neo-Gothic church located on the Ringstraße in Vienna, Austria. It was built in memory of the failed assassination of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853, the Emperor’s brother started a campaign to build a church to thank God for saving his brother’s life.
When I visited it in 2016 they were renovating the exterior so I only have images from inside. It is made out of white sandstone, similar to the Stephansdom, and therefore needs constant upkeep. It is a very beautiful church and the baldachin (ciborium) and gilded altar (retable) by Joseph Glasser are fantastic. The highest tower is 99 meter.
There are also some large stained glass windows and a rose window, but they are of newer design since the original ones were destroyed in WW2.
The construction of this Neo-Gothic church began in 1856, and opened in 1879.
The church architect was Heinrich von Ferstel (1828–1883) since he won an architectural competition for the church design. In total 75 projects were submitted from different parts of Europe.
Links to other sites
- Wikipedia’s page about Votive Church in Vienna
- Wikipedia’s page about Votivkirche in Wien
- Offiicial site for the Votivkirche (in German only)
My image galleries
Photos taken summer 2016.
Map, address, and coordinates
Continent / Country (Landscape): Europe / Austria | Österreich, Vienna / Wien
Address: Rooseveltplatz, 1090 Wien, Austria
Coordinates: 48.2150385, 16.3584835
Date visited: 2016-06-22