An iconic church with a peculiar history and a gigantic candle which could keep burning for a century.

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Votive Church

An important neo-Gothic site.

Located on the Ringstrasse, Vienna's most significant neo-Gothic church is another reason why this city possesses such monumental gravitas. The Votivkirche with its identical pair of edgy, pointed towers was completed in 1879, designed by Heinrich von Ferstel, commemorates an 1853 assassination attempt on emperor Franz Josef, and was opened on the occasion of the emperor and his wife's silver anniversary. One curious item to look for inside is the Barbarakerze, an enormous candle (some four metres/13 feet tall) which could stay burning for a century.

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