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This week I spent a few days in Vienna, mainly to visit several of the great art museums of the Austrian capital.

I took this photo just outside the 18th century Belvedere castle, Schloss Belvedere, which contains one of the finest art galleries of the city. I came here mainly to see the superb collections of paintings by the Viennese masters of the early 20th century, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka.

In 1955 the foreign ministers of the USA, Britain, the Soviet Union and France gathered at the Belvedere to sign the documents that restored Austrian sovereignty after ten years of allied occupation.

The church near the centre of the photo is the so called Salesianerinnenkirche, built between 1719 and 1726 and regarded as one of the finest baroque churches of the city. On the grounds is a monastery for the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, known as the Salesian nuns.

No other famous landmarks of Vienna are seen in this view, which faces an area slightly east of the city centre.

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