Up close -- Detail of the frescoes in the dome of Karlskirche : Vienna, AT
Karlskirche was nearing the end of a multi-year, multi-million euro restoration project, so when we visited, there was still scaffolding inside. But, the cool thing was, they'd installed an elevator and you could ride it up to see the dome friezes up close! The church was commissioned by Charles VI, who pledged to build a church in honor of Charles Borromeo -- his patron saint. Borromeo was renowned for being a healer of those suffering from bubonic plague. To see more photos from inside this church, go here.
The dome from the ground level : Karlskirche : Vienna, AT
Photo copyright: Janet M Kincaid, 5/2012