Vienna - Schönbrunn Palace (German: Schloss Schönbrunn is a former imperial 1441-room Rococo summer residence in modern Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
In the year 1569, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II purchased a large floodplain of the Wien river beneath a hill, situated between Meidling and Hietzing, where a former owner, in 1548, had erected a mansion called Katterburg. The emperor ordered the area to be fenced and put game there such as pheasants, ducks, deer and boar, in order to serve as the court's recreational hunting ground. In a small separate part of the area, "exotic" birds such as turkeys and peafowl were kept. Fishponds were built, too.
The name Schönbrunn (meaning "beautiful spring"), has its roots in an artesian well from which water was consumed by the court.
During the next century, the area was used as a hunting and recreation ground. Especially Eleonora Gonzaga, who loved hunting, spent much time there and was bequeathed the area as her widow's residence after the death of her husband, Ferdinand II. From 1638 to 1643, she added a palace to the Katterburg mansion, while in 1642 came the first mention of the name "Schönbrunn" on an invoice. The origins of the Schönbrunn orangery seem to go back to Eleonora Gonzaga as well.
Following the downfall of the monarchy in 1918 the newly founded Austrian Republic became the owner of Schönbrunn Palace and preserved, as a museum, the rooms and chambers.
After World War II and during the Allied Occupation of Austria (1945–1955) Schönbrunn Palace, which was empty at the time, was requisitioned to provide offices for both the British Delegation to the Allied Commission for Austria and for the Headquarters for the small British Military Garrison present in Vienna.
Later it was used for important events such as the meeting between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev in 1961.
UNESCO catalogued Schönbrunn Palace on the World Heritage List in 1996, together with its gardens, as a remarkable Baroque ensemble and example of synthesis of the arts (Gesamtkunstwerk).
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siudzi (27707) 2013-10-23 11:20
Znakomita panorama tego wspanialego palacu. W takim wydaniu rzeczywiscie robi wrazenie! Swietny kadr, bardzo dobra realizacja.
macjake (45588) 2013-10-23 12:13
now THATS architecture!
reminds me of my home
amazing to think that this use to be a 'summer' residence! I wonder how many bathrooms are in this place!
love the low look composition, as if you're kneeling down to its level from far back.
the yellow color contrasts well with the blue/grey skyline, nice job
Romano46 (11461) 2013-10-23 12:15
mi sembrava di vedere unb luogo familiare ed in effetti ingrandendo ho riconosciuto lo splendido edificio a pochi passi dalla bellissima Vienna.
Peccato che nel sito questo genere di foto panoramiche appaia poco visibile e passi quasi del tutto inosservato, però una volta ingrandita la foto si mostra in tutta la sua bellezza e perfezione.
Uno scatto che definirei più che ottimo per la perfezione della ripresa e per l'eccellenza della composizione.
Anche i colori e la nitidezza appaiono impeccabile e premiano la tua fatica.
Ciao e buona serata
adramad (30905) 2013-10-23 14:37
Superb perspective you've captured in this grand palace, a magnificent POV that focused on the path paved increases the DOF of the image, leading our eyes to the magnificent facade.
A perfect colorful natural.
A very bright image with optimum clarity.
Enjoy a nice day.
Sonata11 (31229) 2013-10-23 20:48
piekna panoramiczna kompozyccja pokazaujaca wspaniala architekture palacu. Bardzo ladnie wykonane zdjecie. Sliczna praca. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
Sedecznie pozdrawiam, Barbara
mirosu (8112) 2013-10-23 22:53
Excellent photo of Schoenbrunn palace. I like the panoramic view very much. The composition with the open space in front is superb. Well done.
holmertz (31260) 2013-10-24 5:14
This is a well known and impressive palace and your panoramic view allows us to watch it closely. The large size photo reveals many fine details. The overcast sky has produced very attractive, mild colours.The people spread out all over the foreground brighten the view tremendously.
adidas5nb (2899) 2013-10-24 5:23
lovely wide view of this spectacular architecture.really a very nice and perfect pov.
tedesse (24000) 2013-10-25 3:40
Pieknie zaprezentowany Palac Schönbrunn w panoramicznym kadrze!
Piekne kolory, doskonala ostrosc.
Noel_Byrne (13314) 2013-10-25 7:52
what a place. Monumental palace and your point of view really portrays well the vastness and beauty of this attractive architecture. Excellent choice of frame too enhancing the sense of depth in the scene.
thanks as always
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-10-25 8:45
The central framing has given an interesting interpretation of the building - great symmetry and you've handled the light so well in rather cloudy The details and light/tones are spot on and great colours too, but I love the contrast to grey sky. People's present have broght lots of life. Congrats
mkamionka (27069) 2013-10-30 15:07
od maja trzymasz w szufladzie takie fajne zdjecia! Mialem kiedys przyjemnosc spacerowac po ogrodzie przed tym palacem ale nie robilem wowczas zdjec niewiele wiec pamietam i z przyjemnoscia ogladam Twoj reportaz.
Bardzo podoba mi sie doskonala centralna symetria. Rodzinka z dzieckiem posrodku dodaje uroku.
Angshu (52890) 2013-11-01 0:59
The famous Schönbrunn. Its really massive as one can see in this post. The frame has been covered well. Light was not the best, but the pastel colours come out well indeed!
- Copyright: Krzysztof Dera (Fis2) (76958)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya HMC SUPER UV M77
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-23 10:21