Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Belvedere Palace: Dwelling of Princely Magnificence

The palaces of Austria evokes a feeling of nostalgia for a grandeur that never diminish in time. One can feel this on a visit to the Belvedere Palace.   

The architecture of the palace itself is a classical marvel, that our generation and those of the future will ever look back to and admire.

He are the pictures of the palace which in the entirety of its magnificence are panoramic and worthy of appreciation.    

The panoramic Upper Belvedere

The equally noble Lower Belvedere

You will be ushered into the complex via this majestic gate which truly reflects the nobility of its original inhabitants.

The majestic portal

On the front lawn, you can see the picturesque fountain reflecting the palace itself and the trees with autumn leaves.   

The fountain on the front lawn

The most famous exhibit on its august halls is "The Kiss" painted by Gustav Klimt. It is said to be the world's most famous kiss.

A reprint of "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt

Upon entrance to the palace, you will be greeted by the statues of these Austrian queens in full royal regalia. 

The palace as a museum and art center exhibits works of art in almost every corner. Some are old paintings and some are sculptures.  

A piece of art on display

An old painting of ostrich

A Baroque style wallpaper equivalent

A quadratura of heavenly glamour

The interior of the museum

The garden in between the Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere is dotted with magnificent statues of various themes.    

There are also more fountains featuring finely sculpted characters from Greek mythology. The details of the sculptures are simply amazing.   

The garden also features ornately designed stairs in classic style and a small labyrinth. 

The ornately designed stairs 

Entrance to the labyrinth

The exit adjacent to Lower Belvedere is adorned with the following statues depicting gods and goddesses in Greek mythology. 

I took a photo of myself in front of this finely designed structure. It resembles a special place for someone of noble stature.   

The Belvedere Palace indeed resonates what is inherently noble, profoundly great and intrinsically beautiful... 

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