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Tram Wires and Church Spires

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Vienna’s tram system is in the top ten largest city tram networks in the world, so it comes as no surprise that most upward looking shots contain overhead cables.

And there’s no shortage of fancy spires either.  These two white sandstone, Gothic towers bear some resemblance to the tall spire of Stephansdom, but in fact they belong to the Votivkirche (the Votive church).

This church was one of the very first buildings on the Ringstrasse, dedicated in 1879.  Unusually, it was built without an intended parish; it was built as a votive offering in thanks for Emperor Franz Joseph’s survival of an assassination attempt in 1853.  The Emperor’s brother, Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph (later Emperor of Mexico), decided to build this votive church on the site of the attack, and raised funds by gathering donations from across the Austria-Hungarian Empire.

Linked to Skywatch FridayMy Sunday Photo and InSPIREd
Posted by Debbie Smyth, 19 March 2015aDSC_0636_pp

29 replies »

  1. When I see architecture such as this, I think it would be great to have a window facing the spires so you could study the details over time. They are truly incredible.


  2. awesome!!! welcome to InSPIREd Sunday … I’m Beth one of the hosts, please join us again soon. have a great weekend. take care. ( :


    • They are obviously an important part of Vienna. I didn’t realise the photo would work a well as it did or I might have played around with this a bit more.

      Sent from my iPhone



  3. Really interesting photo, this is one of those places I really need to visit

    Thank you for linking up


  4. I absolutely love this shot. For whatever reason I find myself loving building shots too. I like learning about other places too so it’s cool you added a little tidbit to the photo.


  5. Oh those spires have wonderful awesome details. I wish the areas are larger so the lines are not obliged to mess up the view, but that is a reality in all cities in the world.


  6. Many years ago it used to really annoy me that German cities had so many wires. Then I got over myself and just accepted that that was what the city looked like. Thanks for sharing that 🙂


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