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Schonbrunn Palace - The Habsburg Palace in Vienna

On the outskirt of Vienna is the Palace and Gardens of Schonbrunn. It was the residence of the Habsburg emperors of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The large empire once ruled over a large part of Eastern Europe, the Balkans and part of Italy, with population over 50m. It was the shooting of the Archduke of Franz Ferdinand of Austria that led to the opening conflict of the First World War.

Attached to the palace is a huge park. The main garden is often refers as the French garden, with the English garden on the west and unusually a zoo.

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Schonbrunn Palace - The Habsburg Palace in Vienna

  1. 1. Schonbrunn The Hapsburg Palace in ViennaAll rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Availablefree for non-commercial and personal use. First created 21 Aug 2012. Version 1.0 - 28 Aug 2012. Jerry Tse. London.
  2. 2. The ApproachFemale sphinx guards the approach to the entrance of the palace.
  3. 3. The main gateThe main gate to the palace. The original two headed Hapsburgs eagles were replaced by two Napoleon’s eagles.
  4. 4. The facadeThe main entrance façade of the palace.
  5. 5. The facadeDecorations on the main façade.
  6. 6. The forecourtOne of the two fountains on the forecourt.
  7. 7. East Wing
  8. 8. Blue Chinese SalonThe Blue Chinese Salon reflects the18C fashion for Chinoiserie. It was inthis room in 1918, Karl I declared theend of the Habsburgs monarchy.
  9. 9. Blue Chinese SalonThe wall paper in the Blue ChineseSalon.
  10. 10. Vieus-Laque RoomThe Vieus-Laque room is decorated with Japanese lacquer panels set into dark brown walnut.
  11. 11. Napoleon RoomDuring the French occupations of Vienna in1805 and 1809, Napoleon chose the palace ashis residence. He also married to MarieLouise, the daughter of Emperor Franz I.
  12. 12. Porcelain RoomOnly the chandelier, wall bracket and the clock are pieces of genuine Meissen porcelain, in the Porcelain room.
  13. 13. Porcelain Room The Porcelain room.
  14. 14. Million Gulden RoomIt is said the in 1767 EmpressMaria Theresa paid over amillion gulden to decoratethis room in Rococo style.
  15. 15. Million Gulden Room Set into the wall panelling of Central American rosewood are antique Persian miniatures of the court life of the Indian Mogul empire in the 16C and 17C.
  16. 16. Gobelin Room The Gobelin Salon with its wall covered with 17C Gobelin tapestries.
  17. 17. State Rooms
  18. 18. Ceremonial Hall The Ceremonial Hall was mainly used for celebrating family occasions, such as weddings etc.
  19. 19. Equestrian Room The Equestrian Room derived its name from the paintings in the room, commissioned by Maria Theresa.
  20. 20. The Round Chinese Room The Round Chinese Room used by Maria Theresa to discuss state affairs with her advisers.
  21. 21. The Great Gallery This was the magnificent centrepiece of the palace for state occasions, with high mirrors.
  22. 22. West Wing
  23. 23. Many rooms in the West Wing were used as family rooms by Emperor Franz Joseph I and Queen Elisaberh.
  24. 24. Franz Joseph Study This was the study of Emperor Franz Joseph I. He spent many hours here managing the affairs of the empire.
  25. 25. The Mirror Room The Mirror Room used for public audiences. It was here that the infant Mozart gave his first concert at the age of six.
  26. 26. Bergl RoomsThe Bergl Rooms were designed by thepainter Johann Wenzl Bergl. In manyof the rooms facing the garden on theground floor he painted imaginativefrescoes of Indian landscape forEmpress Maria Theresa.
  27. 27. Bergl Rooms
  28. 28. Palace Theatre The oldest Baroque theatre in Vienna provided a stage for many performances by the royal families and performances by the famous musicians, like Haydn and Mozart. The theatre is a separate building with its entrance from the palace forecourt.
  29. 29. The Garden
  30. 30. The garden The garden was modelled on Versailles.
  31. 31. Gloriette The colonnaded Gloriette was built on the crest of the rise in 1775, commission by Joseph II and Maria Theresa. It was dedicated as a Monument to Just War. It was used as a dining hall as well as a breakfast room.
  32. 32. Iron pavalion The iron pavilion in the ‘Crown Prince’s Garden’.
  33. 33. The obeliskThe avenue leading to the Obelisk and Cascade
  34. 34. The obelisk The Obelisk and Cascade
  35. 35. The garden
  36. 36. Highlights The highlights of the garden the Gloriette and the Neptune Fountain.
  37. 37. Neptune Fountain The Neptune Fountain with its snow white marble sculptures.
  38. 38. Neptune Fountain The Neptune Fountain with its seahorse and triton.
  39. 39. Neptune Fountain Thetis kneels before Neptune begging his help for her son Achilles on his voyage to Troy.
  40. 40. Palm house The Palm House was completed in 1882.
  41. 41. Naiad Fountain The Naiad Fountain.
  42. 42. Naiad Fountain The Naiad Fountain.
  43. 43. The Zoo Unusually, the palace garden includes a zoo, commissioned in 1752 by Maria Theresa.
  44. 44. The EndAll rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Music – My Love Song Should Be a WaltzAvailable free for non-commercial and personal use. performed by Andre Rieu.