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Monday, April 15, 2013

Our World - Hofburg Palace in Vienna

Like many beautiful palaces across Europe, Austria also has its fair shares of palaces and I had the pleasure of visiting Belvedere Palace, Schonbrunn Palace and not to mention, the Hofburg Palace in the heart of Vienna.

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The Hofburg Imperial Palace, which is currently the official residence for the Austrian Federal President, was once the palace for the Holy Roman Empire's ruler. I also discovered that the famous Hapsburg dynasty used the palace as their winter residence.

Museums within the Palace which have been preserved over the centuries consists of 18 wings, 19 courtyards, more than 2500 rooms and also several museums and collections, Imperial Library, riding school, horse stables and etc.

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This particular section of the palace, is known as St Michael's wing. Due to limited time, we didn't manage to visit the interior of the building but it was rewarding taking a stroll around the surrounding area observing the architectural splendour and detailed sculptures up close. Based on the exterior decorations, I've to say that Belvedere remains my favourite palace in Vienna.


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Here are some details of the Hofburg domes. The eagles sitting on top of the golden globe are a symbol of the Hapsburg dynasty which ruled over Austria.


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The legend of Hercules is apparently a favourite of many, including the Hapsburg family. The southern entrance of Hofburg Palace is decorated with a series of totally awesome sculptures known as "The Labors of Hercules" by Lorenzo Matielli.


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Here he's battling the mighty Cerberus, guardian of the Underworld!


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As we walked around the palace, we came across a large monument dedicated to Emperor Francis I of Austria a.k.a. Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor. The imposing monument, surrounded by four other statues was created in the 18th century, by the Italian sculptor Pompeo Marchesi.


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At a different corner, we came upon the convention center. It's interesting to see flags from all different countries, decorating the side of the Hofburg. Every year Hofburg is hosting about 300 to 350 events and among the events include conventions and meetings as well as banquets, trade fairs, concerts and balls.


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This is Neue Burg section as seen from Heldenplatz where Hitler gave his speech after Germany invaded Austria.


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Aside from the amazing history and beauty of the medieval architecture, there are also benches to sit and relax throughout the garden. A great spot for some peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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19 comments:

  1. wow, i wish to travel there one day~

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  2. I believe all of the statues are well-maintained as all of them look spotless. :D

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  3. Such a beautiful, fascinating place! I love the Greek legends and these Labors of Hercules are awesome! Marvelous captures for the day!! Have a great week!

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  4. Beautiful palace with such amazing craftsmanship.

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  5. Beautiful place and nice write up! Last time I visited Italy I missed Vienna out because I was given very few days visa.

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  6. Wow - amazing shots of this grand building.

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  7. Gorgeous building and stunning architecture!

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  8. Wow, what a beautiful place to visit! The statues are awesome! Thanks for sharing your trip, have a happy week!

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  9. Austria is the one of neighbour countries of Hungary. Vienna is a really beautiful city. Sure that you enjoyed it. Am I right? :)

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  10. Beautiful photos of a place I love!
    Have a great week!

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  11. Yes, beautiful palaces, lovely photos!

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  12. I am Viennese by birth - it was such a nice surprise to stumble upon your photos! Glad you loved it there, it is one of the greatest cities in the world

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  13. With so many rooms and courtyards, it would take days to see everything in detail.

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