June 29, 2007

Conservation tourism (2)

Filed under: architecture, Austria — podtourz @ 12:56 pm

I blogged before about how conservation of historical monuments can in itself be a tourist attraction.

The Karlskirche in Vienna is a particularly interesting example.  The church is under restoration, partly filled by a skeleton of steel scaffolding reaching up into the dome. A lift takes visitors up to a platform under the dome, for a close up view of Rottmayr’s wonderfully dynamic paintings. Then you can – if you’re so inclined and have a head for heights – make your way up a rather wobbly staircase into the lantern right at the top.

The entry fee is a steep 6 euros –  but for this amazing chance to see the paintings from close up, it’s worth it.


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