Jesuit Church

 

The Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche) is located at Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 1. It was built between 1623 and 1627. In 1703, Brother Andrea Pozzo was asked by the Emperor Leopold 1st to redecorate the church. He did this in the Baroque style and added twin towers. The church façade has narrow horizontal and vertical sections. The second part of the façade has narrow niches with statues in them. There was a university attached to the church until about the mid-19th century. The façade is not extraordinary or impressive, but the interior of the church is magnificent!

There is a very large single nave and the church resembles the Church of the Gesu in Rome. The columns have different colors of marble, mainly pink and green. The pulpit is profusely decorated. The trompe l'oeil dome is very beautiful and was painted by Andrea Pozzo. He also painted the oil painting behind the altar, which is the Assumption of Mary. The church has Solomonic columns also. The back of the church has an organ. The Guardian Angels Chapel shows the Archangels Gabriel and Michael. This church is probably one of the most beautiful in Vienna. The church was originally dedicated to Saints Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier, but was subsequently rededicated to the Assumption of Mary.