Vienna I visited Vienna from 18-20 August in 2010 (not nearly enough time to properly enjoy this city) and what follows are some of the photographs I took while I was there. The North Tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. The interior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which was built in 1160 AD. Another view of the interior of the cathedral. The organ and entrance to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Tomb of Emperor Frederick III (1415-1493 AD), a Holy Roman Emperor and the first emperor of the House of Habsburg. Detail of the Wiener Neustädter Altar. The High Altar in St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The Fenstergucker (the unknown sculptor gawking out of a window on the pulpit column). View of Vienna from St. Stephen’s Cathedral’s tower. Design in the roof tiles on top of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Looking down at the Cathedral from the North Tower. Looking at the square (“Stephansplatz”) from the North Tower. The exterior of the Cathedral with its tall South Tower on the opposite side. Street in Vienna’s Old Town. Another street in Vienna. The Vienna State Opera, seen from the Albertina. The Viennese Music Association building, a concert hall in the Innere Stadt borough of Vienna. Karlskirche (“St. Charles’s Church”), a baroque church built in 1737 AD. Karlskirche seen in the reflecting pool. The entrance to Karlskirche (with reflection). Another view of Karlskirche. Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station; built in 1897 AD in the Jugendstil (or “Art Nouveau”) style, it is a former station of the Viennese Stadtbahn. The Secession Building (built in 1898 AD). Schwarzenbergplatz in Vienna. The Soviet War Memorial in Vienna, built to commemorate 17,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle for Vienna of World War II – this memorial has generally been an unpopular reminder for Viennese of the painful Soviet occupation in the weeks following the war. The Wien River at the south end of Stadtpark. Another view of the Wien River in Stadtpark. Sculpture on Stuben-bruck bridge. Wiener Rathaus (the city hall of Vienna). Open-air movie theater set up in front of the Wiener Rathaus for the summer film festival. Looking up at the center tower of the Wiener Rathaus. The Austrian Parliament Building. Another view of the Austrian Parliament Building with the Pallas-Athena-Brunnen fountain in front. Fountain in theVolksgarten. Fountain with the Hofburg Palace in the background. Hofburg Palace with the statue of Archduke Charles in the foreground. Entrance for the State Apartments in Hofburg Palace (seen from the inner courtyard of the State Apartments). Closeup of the statue on the right side of the entrance. Fountain in the inner courtyard of the State Apartments. The Spanish Riding School in the Winter Riding School Arena (where they practice classical dressage). Altar in the Burg Kapelle (a chapel in the Hofburg Palace). Imperial Crown, Orb, and Sceptre of Austria, displayed in the Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg Palace. Ceremonial robe of the Leopold-Order. The Cradle of the King of Rome (i.e. Napoleon II). Emerald vessel made out of the largest cut emerald in the world: 2680 carats. Another jewel displayed in the Imperial Treasury. The Ainkhürn (“horn of a unicorn”) – actually the tusk of a narwhal. Agate bowl whose inscription reads: XRISTO (“Christ”), because of this, it was at one time regarded as the Holy Grail. Reliquary with a Nail from the Cross. Coronation Mantle of Roger II of Sicily (1133/34 AD). Royal vestment, produced in Palermo in 1181 AD. Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire; this was used from the 11th-century AD to the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806 AD. Piece of the True Cross. The Holy Lance (or Spear of Destiny) that pierced Christ after He had died on the Cross – there are two other spears that claim to be the Holy Lance: one in Armenia and the other in the Vatican. A crystal goblet. Closeup of part of the Neck Chain of the Herald of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Detail of a tapestry inside the Imperial Treasury. The exterior of the Hofburg Palace. Roman bronze in the collection inside the Hofburg Palace. Creepy looking Roman statue of a toddler. Relief of a tragic face. Interior of the Hofburg Palace. Jousting armor and weapon on display inside the Hofburg Palace. Several of many suits of armor on display inside the palace. Knight’s armor . . . with a skirt? Armored helmet shaped like the head of a beast. Armored helmet with an angry face. Armor suit for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. A lantern shield, a type of buckler combined with a lantern, in use during the Italian Renaissance (15th- and 16th-century AD). ‘St. Sebastian’ by Andrea Mantegna (1456-59 AD), in the Kunsthistorisches Museum. ‘Jupiter and Io’ by Correggio (1530 AD). ‘Summer’ by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1563 AD). ‘Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress’ by Diego Velázquez (1659 AD). ‘A Court of the Inquisition’ by Alessandro Magnasco (1710-1720 AD) ‘The Death of Cleopatra’ by Guido Cagnacci (1659 AD). ‘David with the Head of Goliath’ by Caravaggio (1607 AD). A painter making a copy of ‘Winter Landscape’ by Lucas van Valckenborch (1586 AD). ‘St. Jerome in His Study’ by Marinus van Reymerswaele (1545 AD). ‘Hunters in the Snow’ by Pieter Bruegel (1565 AD). ‘The Peasant Dance’ by Pieter Bruegel (1567 AD). ‘Tower of Babel’ by Pieter Brueghel (1563 AD). ‘The Art of Painting’ by Johannes Vermeer (1668 AD). ‘Medusa’ by Peter Paul Rubens (1618 AD). ‘Resting Venus’ by Dirk de Quade van Ravesteyn (1608 AD). ‘Portrait of a Young Merchant’ by Hans Holbein the Younger (1541 AD). ‘Three Ages of the Woman and the Death’ by Hans Baldung-Grien (1510 AD). Detail of a Vermeyen Tapestry. Ancient Egyptian ceramic of a Hippopotamus (ca. 2000 BC). Ancient Egyptian statue of the god Imichentwer (ca. 1304-1237 BC). Roman busts displayed inside the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Karlskirche in the evening with a line of people waiting to enter to watch a concert of Mozart’s ‘Requiem in D Minor’. Inside of Karlskirche, waiting for the concert of Mozart’s ‘Requiem in D Minor’ to begin. The main entrance to Schönbrunn Palace, a 1,441-room baroque palace that was completed in the mid-18th-century AD. Hedge maze in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. Schönbrunn Palace seen from the gardens. The Gloriette (built in 1775 AD) in the Schönbrunn Palace Garden. Schönbrunn Palace seen from the Gloriette; Austria’s beloved Maria Theresa received the palace as a wedding gift for her marriage to the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I. The Roman Ruins in the Schönbrunn Palace Garden – these are not actually ruins and were erected in 1778 AD to add a romantic atmosphere to the gardens. The Privy Garden (or “Crown Prince Rudolf Garden”), next to the eastern wing of Schönbrunn Palace. The façade of the Upper Belvedere in Vienna, where one can view Klimt’s masterpiece, ‘The Kiss’, as well as many other works of art. Entrance to the Arsenal in Vienna (built in 1848 AD) The entrance to Vienna’s Museum of Military History (located behind the Arsenal building). Canons on display outside the Museum of Military History. The 1911 Gräf & Stift 28/32 PS Double Phaeton automobile in which the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were riding at the time of their assassination in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. The uniform the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was wearing when he was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, and the blood-stained chaise longue he later died on. The type of gun that was used (a Fabrique Nationale model 1910 semi-automatic pistol – Note: the original no longer exists) by Gavrilo Princip to assassinate the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, an event which set in to motion all the horrific events of the twentieth-century. A Fieseler Fi 156 Storch aircraft used by the Nazis during World War II. Modern art on display inside the Museum of Military History that captures the horror of the Third Reich. Hall inside Vienna’s Museum of Military History. Garden in front of the Lower Belvedere. The Upper Belvedere, seen from the gardens. Another view of the Upper Belvedere from the gardens. Street in Vienna with a cable car passing by. Doorway at the KunstHausWien, a museum that houses the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser; he also designed and renovated the building in 1989-91 AD. A U-Bahn bridge and a pedestrian bridge crossing over the Wien River. Ramp next to Schreyvogelgasse street with the University of Vienna in view; this site is located next to the doorway made famous in the film ‘The Third Man’. The doorway made famous in the film ‘The Third Man’; it is here where Harry Lime (played by Orson Welles) is first introduced in the film. The Wiener Riesenrad (“Vienna Giant Wheel”) in Prater Park. Closeup of a car on the Wiener Riesenrad. Looking inward at the Wiener Riesenrad from one of the cars. View of Vienna at sunset from the top of the Wiener Riesenrad. The Wiener Riesenrad at night, in Vienna’s Prater Park.