"Augustinerkirche" churches Tip by Ekaterinburg
churches, Vienna: 15 reviews and 16 photos
Favorite thing: Sunday mass in Augustinerkirche was my first exposure to Viennese churches. It is in no way typical, being rather austere inside and lacking in Baroque decoration. The Choir here is famous though and to get a seat you must arrive at least an hour in advance. It's well worth the effort as the singing is just superb and then afterwards you can set off in fear and trepidation to the vaults to see Augustinerkirche's biggest claim to fame. This was a big anticlimax as the 'vault' in question is a little side chapel and all that is visible of the famous 'Hearts of the Hapsburgs' are 54 urns neatly arranged in rows. I'm not sure what I expected - maybe red bleeding hearts impaled on stakes - but peeping through a tiny grille, in a perfectly ordinary room certainly lacked a sense of occasion.
Back in the church there are two major attractions: Canova's marble cenotaph commemorating Marie Christine ( Maria Theres's favourite daughter ) and the large rococo organ on which Bruckner composed his mass no. 3.
Augustinerkirche is part of the Hofburg and is situated on Josephplatz. As the church is pretty difficult to photograph, I've included a photo of the square it's situated in.
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