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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Highmountains (2251) 2013-10-25 0:52
very well positioned for the POV. Its a beautiful, clear, sharp picture that presents a typical extravagantly ornate and decorative Vienna. The chandelier and the candles have been taken with a darker background and hence it stands out. The rows of columns on either side with golden artwork over creamy white seems to bend inwards and merge into the roof. Magnificent !
Thanks foe sharing this excellent photograph.
Silvio1953 (105653) 2013-10-25 1:31
Ciao Krzysztof, great view of fantastic cieling, lovely symmertry, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
papagolf21 (79598) 2013-10-25 1:47
Bonjour, Krzysztof ,
Magnifique mise en image de ces plafonds à fresques et de ce décor baroque. Le luminaire est judicieusement placé dans la composition.
siudzi (27779) 2013-10-25 2:38
Wnętrze tego pałacu jest absolutnie zjawiskowe! To zdjęcie znakomicie to potwierdza. Wspaniała symetryczna kompozycja wykonana z perfekcyjną jakością. Brawo!
snunney (72796) 2013-10-25 4:38
A fine capture of this magnificent chandelier. You have managed the difficult lighting conditions reasonably well, retaking detail in the shadow areas and avoiding any significant over-exposure. Very good clarity.
mirosu (8216) 2013-10-26 3:33
Excellent interior photo. I like the nice light and the composition with the hanging lighting in the center. The view up is very good. The horizontal composition works very well here. Well done. Wish you a very nice weekend.
Graal (92190) 2013-10-26 3:54
w tym palacu bylem dwa razy ale tylko z zewnatrz ogladalem. Dzieki za te wnetrza. Atrakcyjny i piekny kandelabr. Piekne detale. Dobra prezentacja.
Sonata11 (31253) 2013-10-26 21:19
piekne zdjecie. Imponujaco piekny zyrandol i sufit. Sliczne zdjecie. Pozdrawiam i zycze milej niedzieli, Barbara
abmdsudi (32529) 2013-10-27 7:41
I think you have got a fantastic frame with great perspective and colour. It would look superb even without the chandelier, it's sharp in focus as the darker ceiling provides the necessary overall contrast really to the warm tones. Great interior so well taken, TFS
adores (30855) 2013-11-02 17:32
This is a very good shot, with a well managed light! I like the composition and specially the chandelier. The details are magnificent!
- Copyright: Krzysztof Dera (Fis2) (77066)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-03
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya HMC SUPER UV M77
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-25 0:37