I love this church close to Westbahnhof, it is absolutely stunning. All I have only ever seen it in passing on the subway or the tram. Some day…
This one tells me to get out of bed most mornings. It’s always ringing at 7am, so I know if I’m not out of bed by then, I really have to get out. Sometimes though, it tells me that it’s time to go to work. If I’m already up and eating breakfast and ready, then I have to go when it rings in order to catch the bus to Kahlenberg.
Kirche am Steinhof, also called the Church of St. Leopold, is the Roman Catholic oratory of the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital. The building designed by Otto Wagner is considered one of the most important Art Nouveau churches in the world. I found this today after I had been on an errand far out in the 14th district. It’s truly one of the prettiest churches I’ve ever seen… unfortunately it’s only open on Saturday and Sunday between 15:00 and 17:00, and I missed that as I was way early. According to Wikpedia, The church, situated 310 metres (1,020 ft) above sea level, dominates and forms part of the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital; previous official title was Niederösterreichische Landes-Heil- und Pflegeanstalt für Nerven- und Geisteskranke ‘Am Steinhof’ (Lower Austrian State Healing and Care Institution for the Neurologically and Mentally Sick, ‘Am Steinhof’). It is located on a hillside (the Baumgartnerhöhe) below the Galitzinberg in the 14th Vienna district, Penzing. The magnificent windows at the sides of the Kirche am Steinhof portray seven saints (named underneath each frame) fulfilling Christ’s commands both temporal (feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc.) and spiritual; with above them a pair of flying angels and a quotation from the Beatitudes. The windows were made by Koloman Moser.
Namely “Die Russisch-Orthodoxe Kathedrale zum Heiligen Nikolaus.” In the third district, really not far from where I live, and at the same time I found the Russian embassy. Whaddyaknow. So according to Wikipedia who doesn’t want to say anything in English about the church, it was built by the Italian architect Luigi Giacomelli in 1893-1896, after plans drawn by Grigorij Iwanowitsch Kotow. It cost 400 000 Rubel, much of which was donated by the Zar Alexander the 3rd.
It’s quite impressive.. and I’ve never walked down the street it’s on before, which could explain why I was oblivious to its existence. It’s on Jauresgasse 2 in the 3rd district.
Info in German:
Sie wurde 1893–99 nach Plänen von Grigorij Iwanowitsch Kotow vom italienischen Architekten Luigi Giacomelli als Botschaftskirche erbaut. Ein großer Teil der Baukosten (400.000 Rubel) wurde durch eine Spende von Zar Alexander III. aufgebracht.
Die Weihe der Kathedrale zum heiligen Nikolaus wurde am 4. (17.) April 1899 vorgenommen. Seit 1962 ist sie Bischofssitz der Eparchie für Wien und Österreich, die als Diözese dem Moskauer Patriarchat unterstellt ist.
Die Kirche ist ein Fünfkuppelbau in den traditionellen Formen der russischen Sakralarchitektur. Das Innere ist in eine Unter- und Oberkirche geteilt: Patron der Oberkirche ist der heilige Nikolaus, Patron der Unterkirche ist der heilige Großfürst Alexander Newski.
Von 2003 bis 2008 wurde die Kathedrale umfassend renoviert; an Stelle der geplanten Feier zur Wiedereinweihung fand am 21. Dezember 2008 ein Gedenkgottesdienst für den verstorbenen Patriarchen Alexius II. statt.
Direkt neben der Kathedrale liegt die Russische Botschaft.
I’ve always liked this church, and I’ve always liked that it looks like there’s a pub in the church itself. 😀
Here’s some info about it that I sourced from the net:
Built in 1861 at the behest of the Greek community, the interior of Vienna’s main Greek Orthodox church is a glittering blaze of Byzantine designs. A ceiling fresco depicting the prophets surrounded by swirls of gold is augmented by a high altar of 13 panels, each of which features sparkling gilding, and a doorway to the inner sanctum. Today, the Greek community in Vienna numbers about 10,000. (Read more of the lonely planet article here).
The church was originally built 1782–87 by Peter Mollner. The architect Theophil Hansen created the rich appearence of the church 1856-1858. He took his inspiration from Byzantine architecture. The inside – with some baroque accents – is replete with iconostases and frescoes.
Since 1963 the church serves as the cathedral of the Greek Orthodox metropolitan bishop in Austria.
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In Karlskirche they have weekly concerts during summer where they play a random piece followed by Vivaldi’s four seasons. For just 12 Euro you can land a pretty ok seat. It’s actually the price for standing tickets, but unless it’s totally packed they let you sit down once the others are seated. The sound isn’t the best, and the seasons seem to pass extremely fast (!), but it’s an experience that’s well worth it. 🙂 I’ve already been twice, and enjoyed it both times. During winter they have fewer concerts, but still it’s possible to get some through their web site.
I arrive home today – mum is doing fine, and will be looked after by a family friend from today. All in good hands. 🙂
The middle of the middle of Vienna is here, on Graben, outside Stephan’s cathedral. The background shot of the blog itself is actually taken towards 7 o’clock from this position, standing almost exactly here. It’s not that crowded now as it was this summer, as we’ve got a cold spell, and the tourist season definitely is over. Normally, just like all others who live in Vienna, I avoid this place like the plague during the height of summer. Once, I agreed to meet with a friend here after work, to go eat somewhere nearby. Being hungry and swimming in tourists made us vow to never come here hungry again… lol. Apart from going sightseeing in the cathedral and the castle, there is some extremely exclusive shopping to be done in this area. And some allright ice cream to be had during summer. Other than that… it’s for the street performers and the tourists to run free.