Photographer's Note

I continue with the presentation of the Eggenberg Palace.
The interior can be seen only when you join the tour with a guide. So my advice - check the times of the tours. It is very nice, the guide tells many interesting things one would miss otherwise. And the group was small, only 5 or six people, only Austrian except me. So much better than visiting Schonbrunn with the herds of tourists. And what more important, the photos are allowed:). So I was very happy there and recommend visiting it when you are in graz (or even in Austria, the trip from Vienna is not so long).

‘I’m going to build myself a palace’, thought Prince Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg, and in 1625 asked Palladio student Pietro de Pomis to design one of the most important palaces in Styria. Fact: the design of the construction and interior follows a mathematical and allegorical model, conceived to make Schloss Eggenberg into a complex symbolic reflection of the universe.

The cycle of 24 state rooms culminates in the main festival hall, the Planetary Room and serves as both the beginning and the end of the ring of state rooms. The cycle of the oil paintings in this hall was created by Hans Adam Weissenkircher and displays the four elements, the 12 signs of the Western zodiac and of course the seven classical “planets” (planetes asteres: wandering stars) known to Antiquity. The cycle of paintings by Weissenkircher melds the architectural program with the ornamentation of the palace thereby achieving an allegory of the "Golden Age" ruled over by the House of Eggenberg.

The peacocks from the Graz Peacock Garden formerly located between the inner city and the city park have found a new home in the Eggenberg Schloss Park. The species are of both the white variety and the more common Indian blue peacock. During mating season, the loud cawing of the males as well as their brilliant plumage adds an exotic flair to the splendor of the park as they try to attract the larger but less colorful females. I saw white peacock for the first time :)

In 2002, the Austrian Mint honored the importance of Schloss Eggenberg, by using it as the main motif of one of its most popular silver euro commemorative coins: the 10 euro Eggenberg Palace commemorative coin. The reverse side shows an image of Johannes Kepler, a personal acquaintance of Eggenberg’s who taught at the former Protestant school in Graz. His first major work, Mysterium Cosmographicum describing the Copernican system, written while he was still in Graz, likely had an impact on the symbolism of the design of the palace
(Informations from Wikipedia and Graz tourist info)

This is the view of Planetary Room. It is the biggest hall in the palace, but all other rooms (many of them!) have also such rich and beautiful decoration.

Big beta version.

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