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)
|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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