The photo is dedicated for Craig for two reasons. First, it forms part of the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital; previous official title was Niederösterreichische Landes-Heil- und Pflegeanstalt für Nerven- und Geisteskranke 'Am Steinhof' (Lower Austrian State Healing and Care Institution for the Neurologically and Mentally Sick, 'Am Steinhof') and Craig works in such an institution. And secondly, Craig likes to visit not only well known places but also some remote ones and is well prepared for it, and often adventurous, just like me:). I find it quite strange, that so may Trekkers were in Vienna and there are no photos of this building designed by Otto Wagner considered one of the most important Art Nouveau churches in the world. It was an effort to go there - something like half an hour by bus:). In this bus I felt a bit like in Istanbul, the passengers were mainly Turkish and everywhere I saw shops with kebabs or pita.
I was so glad to see it, I found it marvelous. And again fortune favours fools - I came there on Sunday and it is the only day when it is possible to see inside!
The church dedicated to Saint Leopold was built between 1903 and 1907 by the 63-year-old architect Otto Wagner, with mosaics and stained glass by Koloman Moser, and sculptural angels by Othmar Schimkowitz (1864–1947). The great majority of the other smaller details are the work of Otto Wagner himself. The statues on the two external towers represent Saint Leopold and Saint Severin (l. & r. respectively: they are the two patron saints of Lower Austria) and are the work of the Viennese sculptor Richard Luksch (1872–1936).
Otto Wagner incorporated numerous features specifically related to its function within an asylum: e.g. there are very few sharp edges, and most corners are rounded; almost no crosses are visible; the priest's area is potentially entirely separate from the patients'; access to the pulpit is only from the vestry; emergency exits are built into the side walls in case a patient needed to be speedily removed; continuously flowing water replaced holy water stoups at the entrance; there were separate entrances for male and female patients; confessionals were more open than is customary. There were toilet facilities easily accessible within the church in case of patient need. Originally the pews were of different widths to accommodate different categories of patient: calm / restless / disturbed (the latter needing more space). The floor is raked as in a theatre though not as steeply; the fall from entrance to altar is approx. 26 centimetres (10 in): standing at the back the view to the altar is thus less obstructed.
If you find it interesting, there will be more photos.
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Entrance to the church
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delpeoples (53009) 2014-07-02 5:02
Ciao cara Malgo
What a delightful church. The image looks a little under-exposed, but this is good because it has brought out the colours and details in the church so nicely. The church is so unusual, of an architecture that I have never seen for myself. How unusual that this beautiful building forms part of the psychiatric hospital. I'm sure that Craig will love the dedication.
Sergiom (60142) 2014-07-02 6:23
Quelle belle netteté d'image. L'endroit est superbe et la contre plongée donne beaucoup d'ampleur à l'ensemble. Un très beau résultat avec le ciel polarisé.
Nicou (122084) 2014-07-02 6:28
Quelle belle église suepèrbe cette coupole qui brille ces décoaratzion sur les façades mervielleuse vue et ce ciel pur superbe.
Bravo et amitié
serp2000 (40036) 2014-07-02 7:48
Wow! Excellent photo, Malgo!
I like this technical quality and aestetic component, perfect exposure, fine DoF! I don't know this place, but I'd like to come back to Wien in the summer time. Wonderful colors, great!
COSTANTINO (55564) 2014-07-02 8:57
Hello my dear friend
At first thanks for visiting my gallery
you are wellcome to my city Volos
for fishing and traveling by boat
here we have a wonderful blue sky
and a delightful white church
I like the gree trees in the
have a nice time
holmertz (41073) 2014-07-02 10:03
This is a fabulous church, looking like a blend of mosque and planetarium. I am sure that the place where Craig works is very very different :-). From this low POV the dome and the towers look quite dramatic against the intensely blue sky. That day was very hot in Warsaw and it looks like it could have been the same in Vienna.
Didi (56909) 2014-07-02 10:33
I like this point of view who shows the architecture volume
Very good lights ambiance
Fis2 (85565) 2014-07-02 14:26
Super swiatlo i kolorystyka.
Elegancki kadr i kompozycja.
carlo62 (32881) 2014-07-02 15:49
in effetti questa chiesa ha un'architettura originale, compreso anche le rifiniture, come le due piccole torri così squadrate.
Bella inquadratura dal basso, slancia la costruzione e le inserisce in quello splendido cielo blu.
macjake (56632) 2014-07-02 17:58
well well, thanks a million for the dedication.
and what better subject than a Psych Hospital :)
although an abandoned house or shipwreck would have been just as nice
In all seriousness, these foreign psych hospitals interest me tremendously. i'd love to work in these places just to see how the facilities work, how the doctors and nurses work together and to see how the pts are treated. Different countries are ruled by different Mental Health Acts.
Very interesting post, i love it.
and of course really appreciate it too!
thanks so much
jcpix (13662) 2014-07-02 20:38
So, are you implying Craig needs some holy inspiration to combat his evil ways?? lol
A lovely tribute of course, and a place I had never known about in Vienna. I've only spent two days in this lovely city, but this would definitely be on the list for another visit.
The deep blue sky really makes the white exterior jump out in contrast. A beautiful result for a beautiful church, you've certainly done it well by putting it on such a fine display from this low point of view. Sharp, detailed and well composed. Enjoy the new day. Take good care Ms. Itchy Feet. :))
jjcordier (76400) 2014-07-02 22:21
Une église très caractéristique du style d'Otto Wagner. Je regrette de ne pas avoir fait l'effort de me déplacer jusque là lors de mes séjours à Vienne. Belle prise de vue sous une bonne lumière.
williewhistler (14213) 2014-07-02 23:35
what a stunning building,your efforts to reach it have been very well rewarded.
This architecture is very unusual and very attractive,taken from a well chosen view point it stands out very nicely against the saturated blue sky.
Best regards Les.
tyro (20490) 2014-07-03 2:20
You have written a very interesting and inspiring note. I think it's absolutely wonderful that this church is so beautiful - it was clearly built to be functional and to fit with the needs of psychiatric patients and their doctors and nurses and other carers, yet it is also a magnificent and beautiful building. I just can't imagine such a wonderful edifice being built nowadays to cater for mental health patients' needs.
The strong sunlight has given amazing contrasts to this photograph and also made the church stand out beautifully against a deep indigo sky. The golden dome in amazing as also are the rows of golden wreaths under the architrave.
A fine composition with lovely strong light, vibrant colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
P.S. "Fortune favours fools" - I love that! :o)
Silvio1953 (122315) 2014-07-03 5:52
Ciao Malgorzata, great POV on beautiful church, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (27939) 2014-07-03 15:18
Beautiful architecture! I like the golden dome. Good pov making the church look even bigger and imposing. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
photoray (12207) 2014-07-03 16:13
Interesting church and psychiatric hospital structure. Very ornate and I especially am attracted to the winged statues on the right.
Originally majoring in psychology I am amazed at this architecture and the fact our hospitals are all very astute and boring architecturally.
Thanks for sharing,
rychem (23298) 2014-07-03 20:56
Trochę zaskakujący ten kościół, tym bardziej, że znajduje się w nietypowym miejscu, dałaś ciekawy opis i oczywiście świetnie ujęte zdjęcie
Mics (687) 2014-07-04 4:23
Interesting shot and a dedication note to Craig that initially made me curious. I like how you manage the colors of this lovely photo. Nice work :-)
Have a nice day,
timecapturer (48834) 2014-07-04 4:30
a pristine and distinctly beautiful church this. It looks amazing in this perfect capture under a deep blue sky. Awesome!
Have a good weekend - B.
claudeD (32765) 2014-07-04 6:28
Wonderful picture from Vienna showing this amazing architecture picture. Very good sharpness and perfect clarity. You did an excellent photojob here. Thank you for your informative note.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Noel_Byrne (24315) 2014-07-04 11:39
What a beautifully designed building, so imposing and such a massive edifice atop this hill. Really admire how you took this from down low, making it seem even more huge, while the greenery all around is a perfect compliment to the stark white and warm gold of the dome. Wonderful place, thanks as always for sharing.
ChrisJ (98008) 2014-07-07 11:50
Ciao cara Malgo
I like the fusion of Middle Eastern and Christian architectural styles here. A nice dedication to Craig. Perfect density levels and exposure on both the highlights and shadows. A nice upward pov. The yellow dome looks great against the blue sky. Tfs!
mcmtanyel (13519) 2014-07-07 18:14
I certainly find it interesting, especially the elaborate dome and those ear-like things in the front. What are they, anyway, statues, antennas or lights? I like the sharp details and the deep colors.
PS. Now that I saw the WS photo of the entrance, I realize they are angels' wings.
PaulVDV (22151) 2014-07-08 12:21
The church has a very beautiful setting, surrounded by the greenery.
Wonderful view upwards and presented from a very good angle.
Colours and sharpness are excellent.
For me it's the first time I see a picture of this church.
Best regards, Paul