"Augustinerkirche" Augustinerkirche - St. Augustine's Church Tip by nicolaitan

  Augustinerkirche Tower
by nicolaitan
  • Augustinerkirche Tower - Vienna
      Augustinerkirche Tower
    by nicolaitan
  • Augustinerkirche - Vienna
  • Augustinerkirche - Vienna

The Church of the Augustines was the private Habsburg Chapel, over the centuries encroached upon and then swallowed whole by the Hofburg palace. The exterior is difficult to appreciate and harder to image. The interior, like so many Viennese churches, began in the 14thCas a gothic style church, became baroque over the years, and was then regothed in 1784 by Emporer Josef II. Side chapels and decorations were stripped leaving the more traditional decor.

The church is impossibly crowded and chaotic ( two failed visits ) and many attractions are available only on a limited schedule. Sunday Mass is the week's highlight. If open, check out the Loreto vault with 54 silver urns containing the hearts of 54 Habsburgs ( with the remaining body parts elsewhere including the Stephandom ). And if you can get to it, there is a memorial to Maria Christina, daughter of Maria Theresien and sister of Marie Antoinette, apparently quite spectacular. The altar and other decor is routine.

The most important part of this church for the visitor is the realization of the events, mostly marriages, that took place here. Maria Theresien was married here to Duke Francis of Lorraine in 1736, Marie Antoinette to Louis XVI of France in 1770, and Franz Josef to Elizabeth of Bavaria ( Sissi ) in 1854. Napoleon married Archduchess Marie Louise in 1810 sending a proxy and not bothering to show up in person. Today the church remains active with a contingent of Augustinian monks but is most noted for hosting concerts.

Address: Augustinerstraße 3, 1010 Wien
Directions: Between Lobkowitzplatz & Dorotheergasse
Phone: +43 1 5337099
Website: http://www.erzdioezese-wien.at/pages/pfarren/9003

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  • Updated Mar 28, 2010
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