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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papagolf21 (79598) 2013-10-27 1:13
Patrimoine d'une beauté à couper le souffle.
Une époque aujourd’hui révolue. Le savoir-faire des artisans est toujours étonnant de nos jours.
Très bonne prise de vue.
besnard (49971) 2013-10-27 2:25
Beaucoup d'élégance dans cet intérieur de château que j'ai eu le plaisir de visiter à 2 occasions. Du bon travail.
Amitiés et bon dimanche.
snunney (72796) 2013-10-27 2:44
A splendid capture of a corner of this elegant interior. I like very much the lighting and pleasant warm tones. Very good rendering of the decorative detail.
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-10-27 4:12
The opulence is really incredible here. While in todays world, many would smirk or outright berate this level of wealth, I think it is very suited to a beautiful palace from the past such as this, as it gives us such an idea of how people lived, and of course it gives us such great places to photograph and share! Thanks for sharing your images from this place, I am really enjoying this series.
All the best
saxo042 (33940) 2013-10-27 12:35
A interesting interior view with an abundance of attractive details. All of them in a pleasant colour harmony. An interesting note to accompany this photo.
boa (4685) 2013-10-27 12:55
Amazing details inside this palace, and they are all very well captured in this photo. Good exposure, sharpness and colors, Tfs!
Have a nice evening.
mesutilgim (73080) 2013-10-27 13:24
Another nice interior capture from Schoenbrunn. The mirror at right adds a ınique taste to the capture.
Again many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
mirosu (8216) 2013-10-27 19:33
Superb interior photo with excellent details. The view up is very good, the vertical arrangement excellent. Very well done.
fabbs99 (11218) 2013-10-27 23:32
Wonderful image with fantastic lightings and colors.Impressive presentation and very well done.TFS.
- 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/5.0, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-27 1:06