Votive churches

A votive church is a church that was built as a sign of thanksgiving for salvation from an emergency or with a request for the fulfillment of a specific desire, and sometimes atonement. (wiki)

Connected Sites

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Lyon Notre-Dame de Fourvière: dedicated to the Virgin Mary, to whom is attributed the salvation of the city of Lyon from the bubonic plague that swept Europe in 1643 (wiki)
Monastery of Batalha "Constructed in fulfilment of a vow by King João to commemorate the victory over the Castilians at Aljubarrota (15 August 1385)" (OUV)
Siena The church of San Giorgio was built on a previous structure and dedicated to San Giorgio in thanksgiving for the victory achieved by the Sienese in the famous battle of Montaperti.
Venice and its Lagoon Santa Maria della Salute (In 1630, Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health. ), Il Redentore (to thank God for the deliverance of the city from a major outbreak of the plague) (source for both: wiki)
Vienna Votivkirche: Following the attempted assassination of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853, the Emperor's brother Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian inaugurated a campaign to create a church to thank God for saving the Emperor's life. And, Karlskirche: In 1713, one year after the last great plague epidemic, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, pledged to build a church for his namesake patron saint, Charles Borromeo, who was revered as a healer for plague sufferers. (both wiki)


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