The Power of Baroque Architecture
The international European style called Baroque engulfed Austria as well, which was then the leading country of the Holy Roman Empire. Still this cultural blossoming happened in the middle of the 1650s, slightly delayed compared to other countries due to the wars the country was tied up in until 1648. From the beginning of the 17th century, in Italy the baroque style was the latest form of expressing the power and wealth of the Catholic Church, both to the masses and to other rulers. In order to make sure they would not lose their believers to the Reformed Church, they did all they could stylistically to make their religious and earthly buildings magnificent and awe-inspiring, which has been captured in many films.
When Austrian rulers saw this new cultural wave they realised that they would have to make this style their own to prove their place in international politics and culture. Since there was less tension in Austrian areas between the different churches, it was more the royalty who used baroque architecture as a powerful statement. Due to the fact that baroque was born in Italy around 1600, Austrian baroque was greatly influenced by the Italians and they even regularly hired architects from Italy, from whom their own architects would learn. But regardless of this, Austrian baroque has its own unique style and way of interpreting the Western European culture of the 17th century. These phenomenal locations have such unquestionably baroque atmospheres to them in a special Austrian way, that they are ideal for period dramas, for example the stunning Peterskirche with its overwhelmingly ornate interior.