Sunday 26 September 2010

Those Luminous Days Of August!
Merisi's Virtual Escapism

Blue Skies and Arecaceae
Who wouldn't want
to take an afternoon nap

right there,
under palm trees at the edge
of a pond,

visiting with angels
while one dreams,

in front of
a beautiful baroque church?

Church of St. Charles Bartholomew
4th District


Merisi's definiton of escapism:
Republishing old blog posts instead of studying,
pretending that it is less time consuming
than creating a new one

A wonderful Sunday
to all of you!

Photographs and above text
© by Merisi
24 August 2009


St. Charles's Church


"In 1713, one year after the last great plague epidemic, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, pledged to build a church for his namesake patron saint, Charles Borromeo, who was revered as a healer for plague sufferers. An architectural competition was announced, in which Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach prevailed over, among others, Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena and Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt. Construction began in 1716 under the supervision of Anton Erhard Martinelli. After J. B. Fischer's death in 1723, his son, Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach, completed the construction in 1737 using partially altered plans. The church originally possessed a direct line of sight to the Hofburg and was also, until 1918, the imperial patron parish church."

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  1. Your reposts are always welcome! Palm trees in Austria?

  2. Oh, I see they're in pots -- I guess they're removed to a glasshouse in winter.

  3. I could sleep in the sun right now.

  4. Vicki,
    yes, palms need a safe place during the cold winter months!

    Charles Gramlich,
    I wished I had some sun, to sleep or not to sleep wouldn't matter. ;-)

  5. Just lovely...thought you were in Mexico for a moment.

  6. Ah, summer. My favorite time of the year. Perhaps because August is my birth month, or perhaps just because I love juicy summer tomatoes and wearing sandels. Whatever the cause, your photos are incredible. I really love the Arecaceae and the blue skies.

  7. Such wonderful scenes and the church is just beautiful. It's always nice to find such a place to worship - although I find I can worship just as well in the great outdoors. Once in awhile, it's nice to have a baroque church or a lovely Gothic cathedral.


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