The Battle of Vienna

The Battle of Vienna took place on this date in 1683.

The Polish King John III Sobieski, commanding the Polish-Austrian-German force, won a magnificent victory over the Turks in Vienna. Historians regard this as one of the most decisive battles in the history of the world. It saved Christian Europe from Muslim domination.

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Detail from a painting depicting the Battle of Vienna. The original can be seen in the Vatican Museum.

“We came, we saw, God conquered.” – The Polish King Sobieski writing to Pope Innocent XI.

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