Wotruba Kirche, Vienna

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The Kirche Zur Heiligsten Dreifaltigkeit in Vienna, better known as the Wotruba Church, is located on the Sankt Georgenberg in Mauer in Liesing, the 23rd District of Vienna. It was built between August 1974 and October 1976 on the basis of a model by Fritz Wotruba.Wotruba died before the completion of the church, which was inspired by a visit to Chartres Cathedral. To Wotruba, Chartres represented the essence of Europe, and Wotruba subsequently held up Chartres as a yardstick to his own work. Wotruba was first and foremost a sculptor, and the church was a collaboration with Fritz G. Mayr, who continued the work after Wotruba's death.The church startles at first glance, resembling more an enlarged piece of abstract sculpture. It provides visitors with the unique opportunity to enter into an art form more often viewed on a much smaller scale.The building consists of 152 asymmetrically arranged concrete blocks of a size between 0.84 m3 to 64 m3, weighing from 1.8 to 141 tons; the highest block measures 13.10m. The church, which borders the Wienerwald, is 30 m long, 22 m wide, and 15.5 m high. The unusual design created some local resistance.During the Third Reich, the site where the church is located housed German Wehrmacht barracks. However, today the Kirche zur Heiligsten Dreifaltigkeit auf dem Georgenberg looks down on Vienna and far into the Marchfeld through a profusion of trees and shrubbery, a fitting blend of nature's beauty and one man's vision of a temple to God in today's modern world.
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  • A truly extraordinary concrete church. Unfortunately, it is a bit very much on the outskirts of the city and is a bit cumbersome to achieve in public. But if you combine it with a walk in the woods, then it makes sense, because all around is the Vienna Forest and you can walk in the countryside in a hiking area.
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  • For any traveling artists, I definitely recommend taking a look at this brutalist piece of architecture. It's perfect for practicing landscape drawing. It is also quiet fascinating to take a look at h...  more »
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  • Great futuristic Church in Vienn
  • The church was built in 1974-76. It is a fine example of a brutalist architecture. Don't hesitate to visit. The construction is ongoing right now to expand the church and create barrier free access.
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