Thursday, September 21, 2017

Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

Our morning in Vienna had been cloudy and rainy, but the clouds started to disappear and the sun came out as we arrived at the palace in the early afternoon.






Portrait of Maria Theresa.

Looking back at the south side of the palace from the gardens.

The Neptune Fountain with the Gloriette sitting behind it on Schönbrunn Hill.


The Schönbrunn Palace started out as a hunting lodge in the 17th century. It was later built and remodeled during the reign (1740-1780) of the Empress Maria Theresa and was used as her imperial summer residence. Following her death in 1780, the palace was not used again until the reign of Emperor Franz II in the early 19th century. At that time, it was renovated and refurbished to bring it up to date and given the appearance it still retains today. Franz Joseph, the longest reigning emperor of Austria, was born here in 1830 and spent much of his life at Schönbrunn. He died here at the age of 86 in 1916. Following the downfall of the Habsburg Monarchy in 1918, the palace became the property of the Austrian Republic and was preserved as a museum.


14 comments:

Lowell said...

That is a fantastic museum! It reminds me a lot of the Palace at Versailles. So much beauty! So much gold! The emperor may have no clothes but he sure has got some fancy digs! :) Love your gorgeous photos so much!

biebkriebels said...

The palace is so big and beautiful inside. Did you see the gymnastic rings hanging in the doorway, Sissi used to exercise? :)

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Arquitectura e decorações fabulosas.
Gostei.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Tom said...

...this is a mighty big WOW!

Sandra said...

Oh My Gosh! can we all say ORNATE... the frames are outdoing the paintings they frame and that ceiling is WOW! LOVE the stairs going up the outside to the Palace

Adam said...

sure does look royal

PerthDailyPhoto said...

That's quite a summer residence Lois 😊 spectacular architecture here and last post, the details are magnificent!

William Kendall said...

Exquisite and beautiful!

Sharon Anck said...

"Opulent" is the word that comes to mind when looking at these wonderful photos. Your photos are from this trip are very impressive. I'm loving them.

Marleen said...

Wow, Lois, you visited so many wonderful places during your holiday. Your photos are stunning!

Revrunner said...

A tad extravagant, wouldn't you say? :-)

RedPat said...

What an incredible place, Lois! Great pics!

Small City Scenes said...

Wow can you imagine living in a palace. Huge!
MB

bill burke said...

Wow! Incredible, impressive and beautiful. Lots to see and enjoy and your excellent photos give us a fantastic tour.