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Monday, January 9, 2012

Our World - Belvedere Palace

For this week's Our World entry, I'm taking you to Belvedere Palace in Vienna. Every aspect of my journey to Austria was a delight and I'm pleased to share with you another memorable series of photos from my trip.

Although not as huge in size as the Schonbrunn Palace, the Belvedere is still majestic in its own way. Its surroundings breathe with so much beauty and history and the architecture is also another splendid style of the Baroque era. I envy the Viennese for having such a grandeur place.

The extensive palace was built in the 17th century as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy and now is home to the Austrian Gallery.

There are actually two palaces separated by a symmetrical French style garden. The Upper Belvedere houses the collection of the 19th and 20th centuries Austrian painting collections.

The Lower Belvedere contains the Museum of Medieval Art and the Baroque Museum. Aside the paintings, the Lower Belvedere has impressive rooms, like the Marble Room, Marble Gallery, the Gold Cabinet, and the Hall of Grotesques.

We did not visit the interiors of the palaces, but spent a couple of enjoyable hours wandering around the impressive gardens.

This is the majestic wrought iron gates, the entrance leading to the Belvedere Palace. At the top-side of the gates are two powerful lions guarding a plague and crown. And with all such exquisite details, I think this gate looks charming and fit for royalty!

These two sphinxes sat in silence as people passed by. If only they could speak, I'm sure they'd certainly have great stories to share.

I also enjoy the stunning sights of the mythological figures and cherubs. Each cherub represents a month of the year that adorn the fountains and stairways in the middle of the garden.

Throughout the garden, there are also benches to sit and relax. A great place for some peace and tranquility when the noise of the city gets too much!

Our World


  1. Bonza photos, i especially like the photos of the impressive french style gardens :-).

  2. BEAUTIFUL PICTURES ... A dream, full of calm and peace ...
    A HUG.

  3. Grand tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  4. Such an awesome place! And your photos are fantastic! What a wonderful tour you've taken us on once again through your wonderful captures! Hope you have a great week!


  5. How wonderful that these magnificent palaces are transformed into museums for all to see. The French style of the gardens you speak about are reminiscent of those at the Palace of Versailles. Lovely to look at but impossible to look after without a staff of experienced pruners. :)

  6. Wonderful, superb captures! I love em all..Hope you can visit my world too

  7. Vienna is such a beautiful city and I love your captures of the Belvedere Palace - with it's intricate iron gates and well mnicured gardens. It's a city I would dearly love to return to.

  8. Wow, gorgeous! It is a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip and photos. I would love to add this city on to my bucket list of places to visit.

  9. Another envious travel. It is a massive garden. It seems the other colors are not all plants, what are they made of, like the red and green?

  10. Thank you for this tour of Belvedere Palace. The buildings and gardens are magnificent.

  11. Cannot imagine living in a palace of this size need buggy to go from east to west. Nice pixz. tQ

  12. Wow wow wow! Impressive palace and superb shots.

  13. Oh the sphinxes! They all look wonderful. I suddenly remember the news this morning, snowing in Austria is severe. Praying that they are okay.

    What a grand place? I love looking at your photographs. These are new sights for me.

  14. How beautiful. I like places like this.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. Belvedere is my favourite among the Viennes palaces! I like it very much and you made great photos there!

  16. Vienna and Berlin are my most favorite cities for beautiful buildings!

  17. Fantastic photos, my dear friend!!!
    Austria is so beautiful!
    Best regards

  18. The gardens look like a truly beautiful place to wander around in. And the Palace quite simply looks magnificent.

  19. What a stunning post! Thank you so much for telling us about the architectural style and some of the history. It looks really lovely there and I would love to see some of that architecture for myself! Sometimes it is most rewarding just to stay in the gardens and grounds of these places, isn't it?

  20. What lovely grounds and all those statues on the wall! I don't remember ever seeing "lady" sphinxes.

  21. When I first saw this I thought the place was huge and then you mentioned Schonbrunn Palace and my jaw sort of dropped from such expansive grounds. Hopefully, one day I can visit this places too. Beautiful captures.

  22. Wow, very beautiful photos!!