The Gloriette

Gloriette by V-Light Photography
The Gloriette in the Schönbrunn Palace Garden, Vienna, Austria


  A gloriette (from the 12th century French gloire meaning “little room”) is a building in a garden erected on a site that is elevated with respect to the surroundings. The structural execution and shape can vary greatly, often in the form of a pavilion or tempietto, more or less open on the sides.

  The largest and probably most well-known gloriette is in the Schönbrunn Palace Garden in Vienna. Built in 1775 as the last building constructed in the garden according to the plans of Austrian imperial architect Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg as a “temple of renown” to serve as both a focal point and a lookout point for the garden, it was used as a dining hall and festival hall as well as a breakfast room for emperor Franz Joseph I. The dining hall, which was used up until the end of the monarchy, today has a café in it, and on the roof an observation platform overlooks Vienna. The Gloriette’s decorative sculptures were made by the famous Salzburg sculptor Johann Baptist von Hagenauer. The Gloriette was destroyed in the Second World War, but had already been restored by 1947, and was restored again in 1995. Source: (

Ducking Around The Gloriette by V-Light Photography
Ducking around the Gloriette


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10 thoughts on “The Gloriette

    1. I totally agree, i’m very picky too and i wasn’t going to upload this photo at all because of the foreground. I have another where the foreground is focused but the Gloriette is out of focus..So out of the two i chose this one! And that’s why i added the second photo with the ducks to take the focus away from this one 😛 A tripod is always great to have…but that day i wasn’t planning to be out and taking photos…heck i wasn’t even supposed to go there, it all happened in the spur of the moment 🙂

        1. Hehe…it’s my perfectionist side that is taking over! Had to ignore it so i could upload something…if i don’t i wouldn’t upload anything….ever 😛 Have a nice day Sue and thank you for your comments!

    1. 😀 You can come by whenever you want! I will inform my servants to prepare some fresh lemonade for you and we can sit outside and watch Vienna from my little garden…hehe! 😛 Have a great weekend Draco!

    1. I haven’t been on the top of the Gloriette either, i think you must pay for that. But the view from the grounds around it is amazing too 😀

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