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Churches of Vienna


Last night in Vienna [January, 2015] was cold and windy and rainy however this morning the sky was blue. I took the underground metro to the west train station so I could walk down Mariahilferstrasse to the Museum. This is a very beautiful street lined with shops. On this morning walk I discovered the church of Mariahilferkirche. It dates from the 17th century. At the time of the second Islamic siege of the city, this area was devastated. Once the Turks were defeated in 1686 the church was built and continued to be expanded on into the 18th century. The left tower houses a 4.5 ton bell. In front of the church is a memorial to Joseph Haydn who lived in this district.

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This is Peterskirche.
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The Franciscans have a church in Vienna.
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The Votive Church is a neo-Gothic church on the Ringstrasse.
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Vienna’s Ringstrasse in the Snow

I decided to walk a bit of the Ring and take some photos of buildings on the Ringstrasse which was built in 1857 when Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the old city walls demolished that ringed the old city.


Karlsplatz. This Metro stop was designed early in the 20th century. It is Art Nouveau with marble facing and gold floral motifs.

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Rathaus. A monumental Neo-Gothic building on the Ring. Built in 1872.

Burgtheater, on the Ring. It was heavily bombed but the late 18th-century theater was restored.

Parliament. On the Ring. it was built between 1874 and 1883. It is a profoundly classical structure. Notice Pallas Athena.

On the ring. The architect took his inspiration from the Theseion in the Agora of Athens. Built between 1820 and 1825. It is in the Volksgarten.

Heldentenor or Äußere Burgtor. On the ring. There are two statues: one of Eugene of Savoy who was victorious over the Turks, and Archduke Karl, Napoleon’s adversary.

The papyrus museum. The museum is housed in the Neue Hofburg which is on Heldenplatz. I spent the whole afternoon. I was particularly struck by a papyrus that is a fragment from Orestes by Euripides and it has musical notation.

When I left the museum it was getting dark but there was falling snow so I decided to conclude the day with a walk in the snow and just enjoy the beautiful architecture of a city that truly imperial.

Heldentor. The gate closes the Heldenplatz towards the Ring. Built in 1821. It was conceived as a grand entrance to the imperial palace.

Translation of the inscription: “Justice is the foundation of rulers.” Or “Justice is the foundation of those to whom office has been entrusted.” Now that is very classical and Catholic.

Maria Theresien Platz. On the ring. This monument was created around 1870 as part of the Ring development.The platz is framed by two museums.

New Year’s Concert in Vienna

Musikverein, in Vienna, January 4, 2014. I went to the concert when it was light and left in the dark. The traditional New Year’s Day concert is broadcast and televised as well in the States. And of course since the concert always end with the Radetzky March, I was hoping I would hear it in Vienna. There was another reason as well: the last time I saw the Musikverein was the New Year of 1973 with my mother.

I arrived only anticipating a tour but a great gift was given. There was a New Year concert! Although tickets were sold out I was able to get a place to stand and was not disappointed because I had a great view and the acoustic in the Hall was fantastic.

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After the two hour concert and enjoying the audience participation through clapping I was exhilarated as I walked into the cold night thinking that yes Sunday has been for me a gift from heaven.

The Radetzky march is always the conclusion of the concert during the new year. This march is pure Viennese.