Vienna, AT

We were regaled at a private, family owned palace with chamber music, singing, dancing, and an unbelievable meal.

We dined in this modest room of chandeliers and mirrors, giving a feeling of never-ending luxury.

A ballet segment during the meal.

Entrance to the Lipizzaner stables.

Entrance to Schonbrunn Palace. Development of this magnificent edifice was begun in the mid 16th C, and expanded by Maria Theresa, the only female Hapsburg monarch . Wings to each side – out of view – were built for the 1500 servants.
Future French queen and daughter of Maria Theresa, Marie Antoinette and other royal Hapsburg kids grew up here.önbrunn_Palace

View of Schonbrunn from the rear on the garden axis to the Gloriette (next picture).

Garden fountains above which may be seen the Gloriette, a structure built in 1775 by Maria Theresa to glorify Hapsburg might.

Kärntner Strasse, a pedestrian only street. Many high-end and souvenir stores can be found here. Amy bought a pair of shoes (Midnight Nude) which caught the eye of several women on the trip.

Spire of St. Stephan’s Church, under restoration. I had heard the organist practicing in this church in 1963; the base notes vibrated my chest. Today there is a partition separating the worship space from sightseeing traffic.

Twin side towers

Twin side towers

baptismal water

baptismal water

St Stephens nave

St Stephens nave

St Stephens pulpit

St Stephens pulpit

St Stephens organ

St Stephens organ

St. Stephens side chapel

St. Stephens side chapel


Mosaic of the last supper

Minoritenkirche: Mosaic of the last supper

This mosaic was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte

as a substitute for the original painting in Milan, which

was to be moved to Paris. Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo

in 1815 cancelled these plans and the mosaic was bought

by the Habsburgs. The mosic is found in the Minoritenkirche,

established in 1224 and built on its present site in 1339.


Pestsaule Monument. Inaugurated in 1693, contributed to by many architects and sculptors, the monument commemorates Vienna surviving the plague of 1679 and was promised by Emperor Leopold I if the plague would end.

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