Monday, August 25, 2014

Why you should visit Belvedere in Vienna?





One of the top Viennese attractions, is in my opinion also the Belvedere Palace with impressing gardens. Often, I spend some time there and last time because of incredible clouds, I made some photos.





A little bit about history...

Prince Eugene of Savoy,  the most famous  Hapsburg general, defeated Turks in 1683. For the money that he received as a reward for the victory, he accomplished one of the most ambitious construction project taken on by a single person . He put up two magnificent baroque palaces: Lower and Upper Belvedere. The project was realized in 1714-1723.



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Inside...

Lower Belvedere in the past contained works of the Austrian baroque art, nowadays there are temporal exhibitions. 

Marmorsaal, is the Marble Hall that presents works of Georg Raphael Donner and figurines from the Fountain of Providence at Hoher Markt. 
The Goldenes Zimmer means the Golden Hall, it's covered with mirrors in gilded frames. There is also a statue of a prince. 

In the Lower Belvedere, you can admire one of the greatest baroque entrance halls, it stands out because of many sculptures. In the middle of the hall there are stairs leading to the baroque ceremonial hall. Also the Upper Belvedere's contains the Marble Hall, where was signed a treaty that brought back Austrian sovereignty.





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Gardens...

Beautiful French-style gardens are located between the Lower and Upper Belvedere. They are full of flowers, impressive fountains and statues. The most impressive are statues of muses and sphinxes.



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Art...

Upper Belvedere contains the biggest collection of art works: 
- The Kiss by Klimt 
- Death and the Maiden by Egon Schiele 
- Still Life with Slaughtered Lamb by Oskar Kokoschka 
- Self-portrait of Gerstl 
- Characters by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt  
- Napoleon Crossing The Saint-Bernard by  Jacques Louis David 
- Farm House in Upper Austria by Klimt


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