Vienna’s Karlskirche: The emperor celebrates the end of a plague

Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI started construction of the great church that bears his name after the end of the plague in 1713. The church has gained in fame since the restoration of the park to the north of it, called the Karlsplatz. Work on the church’s interior is ongoing; in the meantime, it affords visitors the chance to take an elevator most of the way up the dome to get a rare and unique close-up view of the frescoes at the top.

Click a thumbnail below to start a short slideshow on the Karlskirche.

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