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Maria am Geshtade Church is a Catholic church located in the northern part of the historic city center.
Translated from German, Maria am Geshtade translates as"Maria on shore". The church got its name due to its location. It used to stand on the high bank of the Danube arm, which is now the Donaucanal.
In the 9th century, a wooden church was located on the site of the Maria am Geshtade church. Its parishioners were the crews of Danube ships and fishermen. The first mention of the Church of the Virgin on the shore dates back to 1158. The church of that time was made in Romanesque style, but it burned down.
The modern building of the temple was built in the 14th century, and the bell tower was added in the 15th century. The church has experienced several tragic events. The walls of the church were shelled by the Turks, and during the Napoleonic war, stables and weapons depots were located here. In 1812, the temple was re-consecrated, and it passed into the possession of the Redemptorist Order, which still belongs to today.
The walls of the church are smooth and unadorned, but the carved bell tower attracts attention. One of the attractions of the temple is the Hornberg sacrificial icon, created in 1462.
The Church of Maria am Geshtade is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as an architectural monument of the historic center of Vienna.
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