For this week's Our World entry, I'm taking you to Belvedere Palace in Vienna. Every aspect of my journey to Austria was a delight and I'm pleased to share with you another memorable series of photos from my trip.
Although not as huge in size as the Schonbrunn Palace, the Belvedere is still majestic in its own way. Its surroundings breathe with so much beauty and history and the architecture is also another splendid style of the Baroque era. I envy the Viennese for having such a grandeur place.
The extensive palace was built in the 17th century as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy and now is home to the Austrian Gallery.
There are actually two palaces separated by a symmetrical French style garden. The Upper Belvedere houses the collection of the 19th and 20th centuries Austrian painting collections.
The Lower Belvedere contains the Museum of Medieval Art and the Baroque Museum. Aside the paintings, the Lower Belvedere has impressive rooms, like the Marble Room, Marble Gallery, the Gold Cabinet, and the Hall of Grotesques.
We did not visit the interiors of the palaces, but spent a couple of enjoyable hours wandering around the impressive gardens.
This is the majestic wrought iron gates, the entrance leading to the Belvedere Palace. At the top-side of the gates are two powerful lions guarding a plague and crown. And with all such exquisite details, I think this gate looks charming and fit for royalty!
These two sphinxes sat in silence as people passed by. If only they could speak, I'm sure they'd certainly have great stories to share.
I also enjoy the stunning sights of the mythological figures and cherubs. Each cherub represents a month of the year that adorn the fountains and stairways in the middle of the garden.
Throughout the garden, there are also benches to sit and relax. A great place for some peace and tranquility when the noise of the city gets too much!