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Vienna seen by an Italian XVIIIth century traveller - XVIIIth century churches
The church was built on a previous medieval religious building between 1702 and 1733: the initial design by Gabriele Montani was completed by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, one of the major architects of XVIIIth century Vienna. The church is located on a small square at the end of a short street off the Graben, where the inhabitants of Vienna promenaded; its design is clearly influenced by its view from the Graben, with the two bell towers closing on the dome "to stay" in the picture. The bell towers do not have that vertical thrust which characterizes many Austrian churches, they definitely remind of those of S. Agnese in Agone in Rome (which are shown in the image used as a background for this page).
The entrance is decorated with lead statues as in Vienna this material was preferred to bronze. The location of the statue of St. Peter is rather unusual: in a small niche in the back of the church.
Brown and gold are the prevailing colours in the interior of the churches of Vienna: a more Roman atmosphere can be caught in the lavish interior of Annakirche, marked by the presence of two green columns.
The architect who designed the decoration of a chapel in Franziskanerkirche had for sure seen the stucco curtain of Cappella di S. Luigi by Plautilla Bricci in S. Luigi dei Francesi.
Events of the life of St. John Nepomuk were one of the recurring subjects of statues and reliefs decorating the interior of churches: on the left the martyrdom of the saint, thrown in the river because he would not disclose to the king, what the queen had told him in confession; on the right the confession itself. The Kingdom of Bohemia was a key part of the empire and therefore the Habsburgs had also a political objective in promoting the devotion to this Bohemian saint.
The majority of the churches built in Vienna in the XVIIIth century were erected in the new settlements outside the walls and are shown in separate pages.
Pages in this section of the website in recommended order:
Introduction: the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nations
The 1683 Siege of Vienna
XVIIth century churches
XVIIth century palaces
Monuments celebrating the end of plagues
The walls of Vienna
XVIIIth century churches
XVIIIth century palaces
Italian sculpture and sculptors
A political manifesto: Karlskirche
Churches without the walls
Palaces and Villas without the walls
A day in the countryside: Perchtoldsdorf