In 1713, the Black Plague swept through Vienna. Emperor Charles VI made a vow: if the plague left the city, he would build a church dedicated to his namesake, St. Charles Borromeo. St. Charles was a 16th-century Italian bishop famous for ministering to Milanese plague victims.

The emperor’s prayer was answered, and construction on the church began in 1715. The Karlskirche was built on what was then the bank of the River Wien and is now the southeast corner of a park complex.

The Baroque master Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach did the original work from 1716 to 1722. After his death in 1723, his son took over and saw the project through to completion in 1737. J. M. Rottmayr painted many of the frescoes inside the church from 1725 to 1730.


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Born on march 4, 1678 in Venice, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was ordained as a priest at 25 (as a reference to the color of his hair, he was soon nicknamed il Prete Rosso, “The Red Priest”), though he instead chose to follow his passion for music. A virtuoso violinist and prolific composer who created hundreds of works, he became renowned for his concertos in Baroque style, becoming a highly influential innovator in form and pattern. As favorite of Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi was publicly named a knight. Yet, his renown in early life did not translate into lasting financial success.
Eclipsed by younger composers, Vivaldi left Venice for Vienna. He died in poverty on July 28, 1741. He was buried in a simple grave after a funeral service that proceeded without music.