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Wien, 2. Bezirk, Kirche zum Heiligen Franz von Assisi, la chiesa al San Francesco d'Assisi, la iglesia al Santo Francisco de Asís, l'église au Saint François d'Assise, the church to Saint Francis of Assisi, Franciszek z Asyżu

Francis of Assisi Church on Mexikoplatz

History of St. Francis of Assisikirche

Parish church Danube city (Donaustadt) of St. Francis of Assisi, the Emperor Jubilee Church and Trinity Church.

Up to the regulation (1870-1875), the banks of the Danube in Vienna were only meadows and gardens because of the acute danger of flooding. After the flood danger was over, the newly reclaimed land was settled quickly. The new Danube City (not to be equated with today's 22nd district of Vienna beyond the Danube), ie, essentially the area between the north runway (Nordbahn - railway), the Danube and the new Albrecht and Wilhelm barracks was obstructed in 1910 largelly. But having its own parish was still missing, the Danube city still belonged to the parish of Prater Road (Praterstraße). On 19 March 1898 was formed a committee which collected donations for the construction of a large, dignified church on the Danube. This should also be devoted to the 50th Jubilee of Emperor Franz Joseph I.

But the donations and public funds went not as desired, so some construction projects had to be canceled. The site management was to a professor of Medieval architecture, Viktor Launtz, transferred. The church was complemented by a magnificent memorial chapel of Empress Elizabeth. The wife of Emperor Franz Joseph, better known under the name Sisi, who has been murdered on 10th December in 1898 in Geneva by the anarchist Luigi Lucheni.

When the foundation stone was laid on 10 June 1900 it was attended by more than 100,000 people, the Emperor himself three times swung the hammer. The construction dragged on slowly, builder Launtz died in 1903, his successor August Kirstein but remained on his plans. 1913 shell was completed. On 2 November was the solemn blessing of the Church, Emperor Franz Josef, Franz Ferdinand and his successor from 1916 the last Austrian Emperor Charles I were there. The war broke out in 1914, it came to a halt of construction work. After the war, these were continued until 1921, the St. Francis of Assisi Church became a parish in its own right.

The basilica brick building in the Rhenish style is from the picture of the city of Vienna indispensable. The three-nave church next to the Empire bridge (Reichsbrücke) on the Mexico square, with the heavy tower over the crossing, two bell towers on the west facade and richly articulated chancel, is one of the largest churches in Vienna.

Source: Small church guide of the parish Danube City, Vienna 1020, Mexikoplatz no. 12

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Taken on December 10, 2010