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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Votivkirche - Vienna by m-ltitze

Please press 'M' The Votivkirche/church is one of the sights of Vienna. Its fame is due largely to the history of its foundation. - On 18 February 1853 the 23-year-old Emperor Franz Joseph was strolling along the defensive bastion of the inner city when the Hungarian tailor János Libenyi attacked him with a knife. - It is said that the Emperor's stiff uniform collar saved him from serious injury, so that he got off with a small wound on his throat. The would-be assassin was later executed for attempted murder. - The Emperor's brother, Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, inaugurated a campaign to build a church as thanks to God for saving the Emperor's life. - Subscriptions were solicited from all over the Monarchy. The architectural competition to build it was won by the already established Heinrich Ferstel. - The foundation stone of the "Ringstrasse Cathedral" was laid on 24 April 1856, the second anniversary of the wedding of franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth. - The church was finally dedicated in 1879 on the silver wedding anniversary of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth, after a building period of 23 years. via 500px http://j.mp/1IuaP57

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