Karlskirche is the most outstanding Baroque church in the city
and its 236-foot (72m) high dome flanked by two columns forms a
dramatic landmark on the Viennese skyline. The church was
commissioned by Emperor Charles VI after the Black Plague that
swept Vienna in 1713 and is dedicated to the patron saint Charles
Borromeo who was revered as a healer for plague sufferers. The
lavishly decorated interior includes frescoes and visitors can get
a closer look by taking the elevator to the roof, which is included
in the entry fee.
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