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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lousat (64327) 2013-10-29 1:03
A very very rich and magnificent interior today,a lot of gold everywhere,how many people had work there to made that..ehehe..excellent capture whit very good details and bright colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (13458) 2013-10-29 1:06
What a sight, a beautiful interior shot of this place, and one that would be an ideal backdrop for a film. For some reason this reminds me of the old movie Interview with the vampire, I think part of that was shot in places that had the same feeling as this, opulent and totally of another time. Excellent handling of what looks like different light here too.
jhm (128107) 2013-10-29 4:10
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
We get a fantastic big image of these nice painting.
The wall, furniture and floor make these picture so lovely.
You create depth and perspective.
Excellent captured, nice composition, pleasant presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
snunney (72834) 2013-10-29 5:04
A fine capture of this beautifully decorated salon. Very good colours and excellent detail.
John_F_Kennedy (41526) 2013-10-29 7:02
Interior pictures are very difficult, this picture is very well done. A great view to the golden time of Austrain kings.
mesutilgim (73080) 2013-10-29 13:01
Hello dear Krzysztof,
Another nice capture from Schoenbrunn Palace with good pov and perfect light management.
Again many good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
- Copyright: Krzysztof Dera (Fis2) (77084)
- 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/3.5, 1/8 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-29 1:00