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The Servite Order was founded in Florence in the first half of the 13th century. It follows the rules of St. Augustine. The name of the Order comes from the Latin Ordo Servorum Mariae (OSM) and means Order of the Servants of Mary. The "Guiding principle" is derived from this: to serve God and the people following the example of Mary.

Emblem of the Servites

In 1639 the Servites founded a first modest monastery in Vienna in the 9th district in the "Rossau". In 1651 the foundation stone was laid for today's Servite Church. The oval integration of the four arms of the cross was introduced for the first time in Vienna and served as a model for other baroque churches (Karlskirche). The monastery of today was mainly built after the second Turkish siege of Vienna (1683). The two world wars left house and church undamaged. Damage that could be repaired was caused by a fire on the church roof in 1917 and by several floods of the then unregulated Danube.
Since the time of the Josephine reform the pastoral care of the parish of Rossau was entrusted to the community. In 2009 the Servite Monastery was closed for personnel and financial reasons and handed over to the Archdiocese of Vienna.

Servitenkirche,Wien Rossau

This is how the Servite Monastery will present itself in 2011 and from the outside it looks quite good. Inside it is very much in need of renovation.


Plus     Minus

The high altar painting "Annunciation of Mary" is surrounded by figures from the holy family, the parents of John the Baptist, Zacharias and Elizabeth, and the parents of Mary - Joachim and Anna.


The two large ceiling frescoes depict the Assumption and coronation of Mary. They are surrounded by eight medallions with images from the life of Jesus.

Eingang zur Nepomuk Kapelle in der Servitenkirche in Wien

To the left of the church entrance is the chapel of St. John of Nepomuk, patron saint of the Austrian Servites.

Above the entrance the Prague bridge lintel is depicted. His five stars already shine in the Moldau.

Relief über dem Eingang in die Nepomukkapelle der Servitenkirche in Wien Nepomukkapelle Innenansicht

Above the altar is the image of St. Nepomuk in heaven.

Under the altar lies his body wonderfully carved in marble.

Der Hl. Nepomuk (Detail)
Der Hl. Nepomuk und die Beichte der Königin Ausschnitt: Nepomuk und die Königin bei der Beichte

On the left wall of the chapel you can see the confession of the queen to St. Nepomuk.

Statue des Hl. Nepomuk in der Servitenkirche

In the entrance area of the church on the right side there is a huge statue of Nepomuk and on the left wall of the chapel you can see the confession of the queen to St. Nepomuk.


In the church there is on the right side the chapel of St. Peregrin, venerated by the Servites. The renovation of the chapel including the installation of a wall heating system was started in 2011. The chapel was rededicated in May 2014..

Link to the Peregrini-Chapell

On the feast day of St. Peregrin there are Peregrini crescents.

Peregrini Kipfel

cloister, Servitenkirche Vienna

Entrance to the cloister.

On 22 panels there is a report about the Servites and their saints.

Picture panels in the cloister of the Servitenkirche Vienna

The emblems in the cloister tell the story of the Servites

courtyard of the cloister

View from the cloister into the courtyard, to the church and (below) to the Nepomuk statue.

Court of the cloister of the Servite Church in Vienna with Nepomuk sculpture Statue des Hl. Nepomuk im Hof des Kreuzgangs des Servitenklosters in Wien

Statue of St. Nepomuk in the court of the cloister.

Photos (except Peregrine Chapel): G. Eichinger, October 2011

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