The Karlskirche

Vienna – Karlskirche

1648–1740

The Karlskirche (Church of St Charles Borromeo) in Vienna is a major work of the European Baroque, whose symbolic programme documents the Habsburg claim to universal Empire by making use of architectural elements from Classical Antiquity.
Work started on the Karlskirche in 1714 to designs by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. Still unfinished at his death, it was completed by his son Joseph Emanuel in 1739.

The Karlskirche