Minoritenkirche, Vienna

#19 of 106 in Historic Sites in Vienna
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Minoritenkirche (English: Friars Minor Conventual Church, related to the monastic Order of Friars Minor Conventual monks), formally called Italienische Nationalkirche Maria Schnee (English: Italian National Church of Mary of the Snows, related to the Italian Congregation who is the owner of this church), was built in French Gothic style in the Altstadt or First District of Vienna, Austria.
The site on which the church is built was given to followers of Francis of Assisi in 1224. The foundation stone was laid by King Ottokar II of Bohemia in 1276. Duke Albrecht II later supported the building process, especially the main portal. The Gothic Ludwig choir was built between 1316 and 1328, and used as a mausoleum in the 14th and 15th centuries. Construction of the church was completed in 1350.

The top of its belltower was damaged during the first Austro-Turkish war, rebuilt, then again destroyed again during the second Austro-Turkish war; the top was then replaced by a flat roof.

When Joseph II gave the church to the Italians as a present, they transferred the name Maria Schnee ("Mary of the Snows") from their nearby chapel which was subsequently destroyed.
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  • Vienna has so many Baroque churches that this Gothic throwback was one of my favorites. It is one of the older churches of the city and it was here at the time the Muslims sieged the city. In fact.....  more »
  • In the Minoritenplatz you will find this beautiful church , the Friars Minor Conventual Church. One of the the oldest churches in Vienna its construction started in 1276 and was finished in 1350...  more »
  • Very nice location. Wonderful architecture. And since it's off the main path, much more quiet than most churches.
  • Quite hidden and not full of tourists, this church is a little gem in the Vienna city center. The architecture was definitely influenced by the Gothic style. The mosaic of the Last Supper is something awesome. It is worth a visit.
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