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The Votivkirche in Vienna is one of the most important neo-Gothic religious architectural sites in the world. Located on Ringstraße in the district of Alsergrund close to the University of Vienna, the origin of the church has an unusual history derived from a knife-attack on Emperor Franz Joseph by Hungarian nationalist Janos Libenyi Vienna (German: Wien [viːn]) is the capital of Austria, and also one of Austrias nine federal states (Bundesland Wien). ... Neo-gothic architecture is an American branch of the Gothic revival style that was imported from England in the 1830s. ... The Ringstraße at night The Ringstraße is a circular road surrounding the Innere Stadt district of Vienna and is one of its main sights. ... Alsergrund is the ninth district of Vienna, Austria, located just north of the first, central district Innere Stadt. ... University of Vienna, main building, seen from Beethovens apartment The University of Vienna (German: Universität Wien) in Austria was founded in 1365 by Rudolph IV and hence named Alma mater Rudolphina. ... Franz Joseph I Franz Joseph (in English also Francis Joseph) (August 18, 1830 - November 21, 1916) of the Habsburg Dynasty was Emperor of Austria and King of Bohemia from 1848 until 1916 and King of Hungary from 1867 until 1916. ...


After the unsuccessful attack on February 18, 1853, Franz Joseph's brother Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph, the later king of Mexico, called upon the community for donations to a new church on the site of the attack. The church was to be a Votivgabe (a thank-you present) for the rescue of Franz Joseph. February 18 is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico, (July 6, 1832 – June 19, 1867) was a member of Austrias Imperial Habsburg family. ...


The church plans were established in a architectural competition in April 1854. 75 projects from the Austrian empire, German lands, England, and France were submitted. The jury choose the project of Heinrich Ferstel, at the time only 26. Construction began in 1856, and was it dedicated twenty-six years later on April 24, 1879, the occasion of the silver anniversary of the royal couple. Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (115th in leap years). ... 1879 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... A Silver Jubilee is a celebration held to mark a 25th anniversary. ...


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PLANET VIENNA - Votivkirche, Wien (337 words)
Daher rührt auch die Bezeichnung "Votivkirche" (ein Votiv bezeichnet generell den Dank für eine Hilfe in Not).
Die einzige Gedenkstätte in der Kirche ist jedoch lediglich diejenige von Feldhauptmann Niklas Graf von Salm, dessen Gebeine von seiner früheren Ruhestätte in der Dorotheerkirche hierherverlegt wurden.
Auch das ürsprünglich geplante Sinnbild als 'Dom der Völker' wurde die Votivkirche nicht, da der mittlerweile vorherrschende Nationalliberalismus zwischen den Nationen Spannungen bewirkte.
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