Church of St Charles Borromeo : Michelin's recommendations
The façade of the Church of St Charles Borromeo stands out immediately as you reach Karlsplatz, due to the juxtaposition of various elements which initially appear ill-matched. The story goes that the architect, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, one of the masters of Vienna Baroque style, had a vision on top of the Pincian hill in Rome, when he looked down and saw Trajan's column, the portico of the Pantheon and the dome of St Peter's Basilica all in one glance. In 1713, following a terrifying plague epidemic in the city, Emperor Karl VI made a vow to build a church dedicated to St Charles Borromeo, the famous Milan bishop who courageously fought the scourge in his city in 1576. Work began on the church in 1716 and it was completed by his son in 1737. At first sight the façade is startling but the typical Baroque strategy of creating initial confusion in the eye of the beholder to give more impact to the ultimate pleasure finally pays off. The two columns set in concave recesses which resemble minarets have spiral reliefs: the one on the left relates the saint's steadfastness and the one on the right his courage. The triangular pediment is an allegory of the extinction of the plague by an angel who is removing his sword from a city. Inside, the architect achieved his effect with light, the colour of the marble and his use of volumes rather than with decoration which is relatively austere. In the absence of a nave, the attention is naturally drawn to the central ellipse and the vast dome** with its sumptuous frescoes by Rottmayr depicting the apotheosis of the saint.
- Address : Karlsplatz A - 1040 Wien1040Wien
- Phone : 015046187
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : http://www.karlskirche.at
- Prices : 6 €