Karlskirche (St Charles Church) is baroque Church located just outside Vienna's Ringstrasse. It was conceived in 1713 a year after the last plague epidemic and was pledged to the patron saint Charles Borromeo who was known as a healer of plague victims.
Its enormous free standing columns make the architecture of the Karlskirche quite unique.
Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach, a master of the Baroque style, starting work on the church in 1716 and continued for 6 years until his death. His son, Joseph Emanuel, took over its completion.
Today, the church remains in operation and is one of the major tourist attractions on Vienna. Inside the church, visitors can catch a lift or take the stairs to the church's 70m high roof to get a better look at the impressive frescoes that decorate Karlskirche's roof.
Karlskirche is located in central Vienna near many of the other attractions that the city offers.
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