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Vienna's Votive Church
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeVienna's Votive Church - Credit: Peter Bubenik - Aufnahmedatum: 31.10.2004

Vienna's Votivkirche safeguards the tomb of Viennese Commander Count Niklas Salm, who defended the city against the 1529 Turkish seige.

Built between 1856 and 1879, the Church was commissioned following an assassination attempt on the Emperor Francis Joseph I. Such was the gratitude of Archduke Ferdinand Max that his brother's life had been saved, he funded the project.

The Votive Church boasts three impressive gabled portals, complete with archivaults. Two towers flank a beautiful rose window.

Intricate and elaborate in design, it features gargoyles, winged beasts and pinnacled buttresses.