If you have the urge to see even more churches, Vienna has several
gems that might be of interest to you. The
Votive Church (Schottentor station (U2)) on the Ring, is a neo-Gothic
spectacle, which was built in appreciation of a failed assassination attempt
of Emperor Franz Joseph. The church was commissioned by Ferdinand Maximillian,
brother of Franz Joseph, who later was later assassinated during his
reign as Emperor of Mexico. The highlight of a visit is the main
altar, which is a spectacle. In addition, the towers of the Votivekirche
attractive when illuminated at night.
Maria am Gestade
(St. Mary's on the Banks) located on Salvatorgasse at Passauerplatz, is
one of the most recognizable examples of Gothic architecture in Vienna.
This church is
known for its wonderful, thin, lace-work tower and the fact that it is one
of Vienna's oldest churches.
Maria am Gestade dates from the late 14th century and was built
location that had previously been the site of several churches.
The Gestade church fell into disuse after it was desecrated and its neglect
continued as it was used by Napoleon's troops for storage during his
invasions of Vienna. Maria am Gestade remained out of favor until it
was restored in the 19th century.
The Assisi Church, also known
as the Memory Church, dates from the late 19th century and was
consecrated on the Golden Anniversary of the Emperor Franz Joseph. It is located
on the Mexicoplatz near the banks of the Danube.
Although it might sound odd to have a Mexicoplatz in Vienna, the Habsburgs
for a brief time, claimed the monarchy of Mexico. It appears
that the citizens of Mexico did not agree to this annexation, as Franz Joseph's brother Maximillian was crowned
Emperor of Mexico and ,then, captured and executed by members of a
group supporting Mexican independence.
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