Saturday, September 14, 2013

Streets of Vienna & Innsbruck

On the streets of Vienna and Innsbruck! Cards sent by Manuela and Heidi. 

 Kollektion Wien, Copyright Carl Anders Nilsson
A view of the Canovagasse Street with the Hotel Imperial, the Musikverein - Viennese Music Association and St. Charles's Church.

Farhaufnahme und Verlag Viktor Holy und Sohn, Innsbruck
The Historic Centre of Vienna is already on the UNESCO WHS but Innsbruck is still on the Tentative List. 
This card shows the Golden Roof, a three-story balcony on the central plaza at the heart of the city's Old Town. It was constructed for Emperor Maximilian I in 1500 to serve as a royal box where he could sit in state and enjoy tournaments in the square below. Completed at the dawn of the 16th century, the Golden Roof was built in honor of Maximilian's second marriage, to Bianca Maria Sforza of Milan. Not wishing to alienate the allies gained by his first marriage, to Maria of Burgundy, he had an image of himself between the two women painted on his balcony.
The roof was decorated with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles. The reliefs on the balcony show coats of arms, symbols, and other figures in his life.

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