The St. Charles Church and Museo Borromeo

Baroque jewel with panoramic lift and landmark of the city of Vienna

The Vienna St. Charles Church, Karlskirche, is the symbol of the victory over the plague. In the Austrian history the Karlskirche symbolizes the end of the most threatening illness of the early modern times – the plague. In 1713, when the last major plague epidemic finally came to an end, Emperor Karl VI. to have a church built for his name patron Karl Borromeo, who is also known as a plague saint.

Karlskirche Wien, Foto: CC0 Public Domain, domeckopol/Pixabay
St. Charles Church Wien, Foto: CC0 Public Domain, domeckopol/Pixabay

One of the attractions of the city of Vienna

The Karlskirche is not only a symbol of Vienna, but also a masterpiece of the unification of the most important architectural styles of the Western world. Johann Bernhard Fischer made it his goal to create an architectural marvel under the influence of the most important western architectural styles.

Columns reminiscent of Roman temples – the baroque style is reflected in breathtaking spiral staircases and dome frescoes.

Karlskirche/ Kuppel innen
Kirchenkuppel innen, © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Trumler

The St. Charles Church – a baroque masterpiece

The baroque masterpiece by Michael Rottmayr can be admired after a lift ride into the dome of the Karlskirche. The fresco shows Our Lady, who represents the intercession of the church saint to avert the plague.

The scene is surrounded by the virtues of faith, love and hope. In addition to the impressive frescoes, visitors can admire the church from a unique perspective.

Innenansicht der Karlskirche - st. charles' church
St. Charles Church © castenoid /

In front of the church building is a water basin containing a sculpture by Henry Moore. This area is a popular meeting place and an ideal place to admire the wonderful structure.

360 degree view of Karlsplatz:

The Resselpark borders the church. Named after the inventor Josef Ressel monuments and busts of various inventors are exhibited here. Furthermore, there is the former station of the Viennese Stadtbahn built by Otto Wagner.

Location and map of the St. Charles Church:

Address: Kreuzherrengasse 1, 1040 Vienna
How to get there: Underground lines U1, U2, U4 (station “Karlsplatz”)
Tip: If you wish to visit the church, frescoes and Museo Borromeo, you can request an audio guide (an acoustic guide).

Further information on the opening hours of the church building