Votivkirche Vienna, watercolor, 12×8 inches
Rathaus Arkaden mit Blickrichtung auf die Votivkirche, Reichsrathstraße, Aqaurell auf handgeschöfptem Papier von Lorenzo Santoni
Arcades Cityhall Vienna, view towards the „Votivkirche“, watercolor on handmade paper of Lorenzo Santoni
The Votivkirche (English: Votive Church) is a neo-Gothic church located on the Ringstraße in Vienna, Austria. Following the attempted assassination of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853, the Emperor’s brother Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian inaugurated a campaign to create a church to thank God for saving the Emperor’s life. Funds for construction were solicited from throughout the Empire. The church was dedicated in 1879 on the silver anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Empress Elisabeth.