A Break From Baroque: Karl Lueger Memorial Church

You can’t keep me away from a good cemetery. I had visited the Wien Zentralfriedhof a few weeks ago, but it was still on my husband’s bucket list. So I returned with him, and luckily this time the Church of St. Charles Borromeo was open.

This church is also known as the Dr. Karl Lueger Memorial Church after the mayor of Vienna at the turn of the last century. Lueger is credited with many improvements to Vienna’s infrastructure, including the modern public transport system and other municipal services. He was also, unfortunately, a racist and a major anti-Semite, winning election in part by exploiting the more or less endemic anti-Semitism of the electorate and afterward refusing to employ Jews in city government. (Hitler admired the man, so there you go.)

The Karl Lueger church however, is a nice example of Secession architecture and refreshing contrast to the Baroque style of nearly all other churches in Austria. I was very glad to have an opportunity to see it before we leave post.



One comment

  1. Always enjoy your pictures and comments so much. Vienna is one of my favorite cities. I feel like I’ve taken a little trip to Vienna when I read your blog. Any plans to see the Klimt villa? I went on May Day, and it was closed. Ah well, next time.


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