The Church of St. Charles, as it translates to, is a baroque church located off of Karlplatz in the centre of Vienna. This magnificent building, replete with a large cupola was one of the final works of lionised Baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. A tribute to the passing of the plague, the Karlskirche was built as an expression of gratitude.
One of Vienna’s most architecturally interesting buildings, the edifice was designed to glorify the Habsburg empire. The ambitious, creative design of the Karlskirche combines architectural elements from ancient Greece, Rome and contemporary Viennese styles. In the last years Karlskirche has developed to be one of the most outstanding concert venues in Vienna. It is a center for historically informed performances with works by Mozart and Vivaldi. And it is also the home of the renowned Orchestra 1756 that regularly gives concerts here.
The church is particularly popular during Christmas time when the surrounding areas are lit up by the seasonal Christmas market. The range of products on display is not limited to Christmas themes at all, covering clothing, jewellery, ceramics, household items, and much more. A sprinkling of food and drink stands also ensure you won’t miss your mug of Christmas punch or mulled wine.
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