There was not world enough and time to visit all the significant churches in Vienna, not even all of the ones in the old city. So we had to settle for a few. Let’s start with the one our friend and former student Christa Abhar took us to for a delightful Mozart Requiem concert…..
The name of this church is Karlskirche, and it was built by Franz Joseph the Emperor, who loved both Greco-Roman architecture and Christian architecture so he decided to mix the two together, hence the weird two columns beside the entrance to this church which are modeled on Trajan’s victory column in Trajan’s forum in Rome! Here is the latter…
And here is the front of the Karlkirche….
This is what happens when Emperors have far too much money and time on their hands, not to mention delusions of grandeur. Needless to say, Franz Joseph had his own little triumphs on his columns, not those of Trajan.
The concert was a treat (thank you Christa), played with original instruments and original sized orchestra as well, more like an enlarged string quintet. Just outside you could buy some Christian art (and other sorts), if you liked….
God seems enormous and you seem totally dwarfed by this building.
There are of course smaller churches in old Vienna, and here is one which is more famous for its crypt where the royal family is buried, than for the church itself… This was actually a Capuchin convent at New Market….
You frequently have to scratch your head and ask…. how exactly did they do that? But then there are a lot of such connudrums in Vienna, for example, consider this pear and this bottle found in a Viennese specialty grocery store……