October 23, 2017

What does the Brexit mean to Austria?

July 7, 2016

Auxit or Oexit? It really doesn’t matter which term you use to label the Austrian equivalent of Brexit, it now seems that it is more than a distinct possibility that Austria will follow the lead […]

Synagogues and the Jewish Life in Vienna

May 21, 2016

Vienna is one European city with a rich Jewish history. Since the Middle Ages, the Austrian capital has been a refuge to numerous Jews who settled in the city notably on the Danube area. Not […]

Unusual Church Marks Centennial Year

October 18, 2013

The St. Francis of Assisi Church of Vienna will celebrate its 100th year anniversary this weekend. Also known as the Kaiser Jubilee Church and the Mexico Church, this Basilica-style religious structure is being headed by parish priest Father Mario. 

What makes this Catholic church unique is the fact that it’s made from bricks and not the usual stone. Situated in Vienna’s Second District Leopoldstadt specifically on Mexikoplatz, it was constructed between 1898 and 1910. Today, it is being managed by the Order of the Holy Trinity. 

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Votive Church

July 24, 2013

One distinct historical church in Vienna that should be included in every tourist’s itinerary is the Votivkirche or the Votive Church. This religious structure is well known for its two high spires at 99 meters that rise above the trees and buildings around it.
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What to See at St. Michael’s Church

April 1, 2013

A tour of Vienna’s religious landmarks should include a visit to St. Michael’s Church. As one of the city’s oldest churches, the place situated at Michaelerplatz just across the Hofburg Palace is in honor of Archangel Michael. Originally, it was the Imperial Court’s parish church and was then named Zum heiligen Michael.

A romanesque building, the church features a nave and two aisles that highlight the ancient Gothic structure. Side chapels were later added to the building.
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The Charm of Karlskirche

February 16, 2013

Vienna boasts of many religious landmarks that never fails to attract ourists each year from around the world and one of them is Karlskirche. Karlskirche is the Viennese name of St. Charle’s Church, a baroque church situated on Karlsplatz. It is one of Vienna’s greatest buildings of all time. 
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Heiligenkreuz Abbey

December 16, 2012

Just outside the city in the southern part of the Wienerwald or the Vienna Woods is a majestic Cistercian monastery, said to be the oldest continuously active and inhabited in the world. Situated in the quaint village of Heiligenkreuz, the serene monastery was founded in the 12th century by St. Leopold III, then the Margrave of Austria in response to his son Otto’s request to have a Cistercian monastery in Lower Austria. It was called “Heiligenkreuz” in honor of the monks’ devotion to the redeeming power of the Holy Cross. […]

Top Ancient Churches to Explore in Vienna

February 23, 2012

Tourists have so many places to explore while in Vienna. But if you’d like to do things out of the usual, then a tour of the churches is strongly recommended.

Vienna is home to beautiful ancient religious structures that have survived natural and man-made calamaties. Make sure you visit these sights and find out what makes them different from each other.

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Banned: Blonde Jokes

January 5, 2012

Blondes are a symbol of both beauty and on the downside senselessness. Media such as television, movies and radio have made countless jokes and stereotypes about ‘dumb blondes’ for years. Starting January 1, there is a new law that makes jokes about blondes illegal. It is a part of a new set of anti-terrorism measures, because according to lawmakers, blonde-haired people may feel marginalized and turn to terrorism as a form of revenge towards the society that rejected them. Charges for not abiding by this law can last up to 2 years for repeat offenders.

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Stephansdom

January 5, 2012

St. Stephen’s Cathedral or Stephansdom is the main church of the Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop. This gothic cathedral can be found at the heart of Vienna in the Stephansplatz where ruins of two earlier churches used to stand.It is considered the most important religious building in Vienna and it has witnessed many historical events. Its colored tile roof is one of the city’s notable symbols.

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