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The story of the Brigittakapelle


In the district of Brigittenau (Vienna’s 20th district) there is a small chapel with an interesting story. The Brigittakapelle was built during the 17th century by the swiss architect Filiberto Lucchesi and is located in area that saw fighting during the Thirty years’ War. According to one account, the Archduke Leopold Wilhelm was sent to the…

The story of the Virgilkapelle


In many cities one can find some places that were forgotten or lost for a long time only to be found again at some point. One such example in Vienna is the “Virgilkapelle” (The Virgil’s chapel), which was built in the 13th century and was situated under another chapel, namely the Magdalena chapel, which used…

Serbs in Magdalenengrund

Vienna History Tours

A cute and cozy street in Vienna that is worth a few minutes of exploration if you happen to find yourself in the 6th district is Magdalenenstrasse – which, despite the name, is much more a gasse than a strasse. And it has a long history, first appearing in official documents in 1756. The name…

The story of the Theresienkapelle

Vienna City Tours

Months ago, we told you the story of the Böhmische Hofkanzlei (“Bohemian Court Chancellery”) – located at the Judenplatz – and its long history: Roman past under its grounds, hit by bombs during the Napoleonic wars and in WWII, and many physical changes since its construction started in 1709. In all these years some structures…