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Paul Gulda: Improvising A Life of Art And Activism

Paul Gulda: Improvising A Life of Art And Activism

The asylum law protesters had been camped out at the Votivkirche for a couple of weeks when pianist Paul Gulda visited them for the first time in mid January. He had been asked to contribute a message of solidarity for their website. But as he read more about the occupation, he decided he needed to […]

Seeking Sanctuary: Refugees Protest Asylum Law

Seeking Sanctuary: Refugees Protest Asylum Law

It was freezing outside the Votivkirche in mid-January as a small group of journalists waited for the Caritas social workers to open the doors. “You’ll have to wait about an hour,” we were finally told. “There are just too many journalists in there now.” The security guards, hired by Caritas, turned away a few unknowing […]

The Emperor, the Tailor and The Church of Deliverance

The Emperor, the Tailor and The Church of Deliverance

When strolling around Schottentor, tourists will often exclaim: “Look! There’s the Stephansdom.” They are lost, of course, mistaking the Votivkirche on Rooseveltplatz for the city’s mighty Gothic cathedral nearly synonymous with the city itself. But the error is forgivable since the magnificent neo-Gothic Votivkirche resembles the far older one in many ways and has its […]

Viewfinder: The Votivkirche through another lens

 

Vienna for Valentines

February 14th is St. Valentine’s Day, when lonely hearts woo would-be lovers with anonymous missives. All very odd given that the saint in question was an obscure third century Roman poet, with little proven interest in targetting Cupid’s bow. That said there is little doubt regarding Vienna’s part in the most romantic day of the year: […]

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