St. Anne's Church, Vienna

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St. Anne's Church (Template:Lang-de) is located in Vienna, Austria, and has been administered by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales since 1906. A relic of Saint Anne—her right hand—is kept in a rich Baroque setting and exhibited every year on July 26.


St. Anne's chapel existed since 1320. In 1518, the Gothic church was consecrated on the occasion of Saint Anne's Day (26 July).<ref name="HP"/> The church was administered first by the Poor Clare Sisters, then by the Jesuits. Between 1629 and 1634, the Jesuits started the Baroquisation of the Gothic church. After a fire in 1747, Pozzo's pupil Christoph Tausch transformed it into late baroque using trompe l'oeil techniques. On 25 June 1747 lightning struck the tower of the church, burning down the roof framing but leaving intact the frescos. In 1751, Daniel Gran began the renovation of the interior, blackened by candle smoke. After starting to work in the church in 1897, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales received the church in 1906.


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Ceiling fresco depicting St. Anne, by Daniel Gran

Daniel Gran created the three ceiling frescos, the high altar painting, and the frescos in the Franz Xaver chapel. The wood-carved statue representing Saint Anne with Virgin Mary and the Christ Child dates back to 1510 and is attributed to Veit Stoss. The side altarpieces were executed by Kremser Schmidt. Christoph Tausch has responsibility for the spatial arrangement.

The organ was made by the Austrian organ builder Johann Hencke (3 December 1697 Geseke – 24 September 1766 Vienna).

Frescos of Daniel Gran

St. Anne's Church is famous for its frescos of Daniel Gran. The topics of the frescoes are:

  • The Glory of St. Anne
  • The Glory of the Virgin Mary
  • The Glory of the new born Christ Child


Gran's frescos were renovated in the 19th century and again in 1969–1970. In 1976, the Friuli earthquake, which killed more than 2,000 people in Northeastern Italy, damaged the church. A new renovation was planned and finalized in 2004.<ref name="Wien"> (in German)</ref><ref name="">Renovierung</ref>



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