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Augustinerkirche

Augustinerkirche Introduction

Augustinerkirche is a Swiss Word that translates to ‘the Augustinian Church’ in English. It is located in Vienna, and it is a parish church located next to the Hofburg, on Josefsplatz. The Hofburg is the wintertime palace of the Habsburg dynasty that was based in Vienna. It was first built in the 1300s as the parish church of the Habsburg imperial court. The beautiful Gothic interior was added in the 1700s. The official parish and church name is St. Augustin, but it is referred to as Augustinerkirche locally.

History 

A Duke named Frederick the Handsome established the church in tandem with a cloister for the friars of St. Augustine. He did so in 1327. 

The Augustinerkirche was turned into the imperial church’s parish church in 1634. Because it was the imperial church, a lot of Habsburg weddings happened there, like the wedding of Archduchess Maria Thersa, the wedding of Marie Louise (another Archduchess), as well as the Emperor Franz Joseph. Napoleon Bonaparte was married there. 

There is a working monastery of half a dozen Augustinian monks that remain there, and they serve the needs of the parish.

Sacred Music 

The famous composer Franz Schubert did his Mass in F major at the church, and Mass in F minor by Anton Bruckner was penned for the church and was initially given a performance there. In the 21st century, the church is famous for hosting sacred music converts, especially for its weekly Sunday mass with a full choir and orchestra. The church has a couple of organs.

Exterior 

The Gothic church is about 280 feet long and 66 feet weed. The nave is 36 feet wide.

Interior 

An architect named Dietrich Landtner developed the nave in the 1330s, but it wasn’t consecrated until 1349. As the Hofburg was expanding, the Augustinkirche eventually became surrounded by it and is now a part of the complex. Even though it was inconspicuous from the outside, the inside is a lot more ornate. Throughout the reign of Emperor Joseph II, the church was redesigned in a gothic style. There was a new side altar added in in 2004, and it was dedicated to Karl I of Austria (an emperor) who is on the way to being recognized as a saint.

Exterior 

The Gothic church is about 280 feet long and 66 feet weed. The nave is 36 feet wide.

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