A taste of Michelangelo in the heart of Vienna

A taste of Michelangelo in the heart of Vienna
Photo: Paul Gillingwater
Why go to Rome when the art of the Sistine Chapel can come to you in Vienna? Check out the new exhibition of Michelangelo's timeless frescos at the Votivkirche.

Starting 1st September, and going until 2nd December, the full-scale art exhibition gets you up close and personal with detailed reproductions of frescoes created by one of the 16th century's most amazing artists, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.

The Votivkirche, a fabulous Gothic confection built in 1856 to celebrate the failure of a Hungarian assassin to murder Emperor Franz Joseph, is the more than appropriate setting for the art, with its soaring ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows.

Despite the exterior scaffolding, the church is worth a visit at any time, but if you visit in the next three months, you'll need to pay an entrance fee, as part of the Sixtinische Kapelle in Wien exhibition.

There's little to be said about the art itself, as many of us are familiar with the world-famous Sistine Chapel.  However, this might be one of the few chances to get a close look at the details, which even the tourists in the chapel itself rarely get to see properly.

Check out our Gallery of Art for a sneak preview.  You'll find the Votivkirche tucked behind the Sigmund Freud Park, with Schottentor being the closest U-Bahn station.

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