The Palmenhaus Schönbrunn is a large greenhouse in Vienna, Austria, featuring plants from around the world. It was opened in 1882. It is the most prominent of the four greenhouses in Schönbrunn Palace Park, and is also among the largest botanical exhibits of its kind in the world, with around 4,500 plant species.
Built of steel, the Palmenhaus is 111 metres long, 28 metres wide and 25 metres high, and has 45,000 glass tiles.
A heavy bomb attack on Schönbrunn Palace in February 1945 destroyed most of the glazing of the Palmenhaus. Many plants died, although some were saved by being transferred to the nearby Sonnenuhrhaus. The rebuilding began in 1948, and the Palmenhaus was reopened in 1953.
Here are a few more photos of the glorious Gloriette, before we move to my favorite part of the Schönbrunn gardens… The Palmenhaus!!! You will love it, trust me! 😉 For now enjoy some other views of the Gloriette and have a happy weekend! 😀
The front face of the Gloriette bears the following inscription:
IOSEPHO II. AVGVSTO ET MARIA THERESIA AVGVSTA IMPERANTIB. ERECT. CIƆIƆCCLXXV.
(“Erected under the reign of Emperor Joseph II and Empress Maria Theresa, 1775.”)
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: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloriette)
A different view of the Schönbrunn palace, taken from inside a water fountain with my new ultra wide angle lens 😀 Did i already say how much i love it? If not, i really do! More photos of the Schönbrunn palace are coming up! Have a great weekend my friends!
I know i disappeared again, might have a good reason for it or not 😛 I recently purchased a new lens, the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and i’ve been out every day shooting and exploring the city from scratch with my new ultra-wide eye! 😀 For such an affordable lens, i’m very impressed by its quality! I’ve been wanting an ultra-wide lens since forever and i cannot tell you how happy i am that i could finally get one! It has opened a whole new world of photographic possibilities and you are in for a treat! 😀 Hope you’ve all been doing well, will do my best to catch up again! ^^'
Another Banded Argiope spider that i found laying around at some blackberry bushes next to my house. This photo was taken at sundown so i used a ring flash to illuminate the spider. Again i used the trick of placing a black piece of paper behind the spider to cut out the annoying background and make the spider web more visible.
Canon 60D, Sigma AF 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC macro HSM, Shutter speed: 1/200s, Aperture: f/8, Iso: 640
It’s still windy here. Hence the shutter speed and the not so great depth of field. The spider it self doesn’t move if not poked, so i could have used a slower shutter speed and an aperture of f22+ to maybe get the web focused too. This is the last of the 6 spiders i had located around my house…and unfortunately i don’t think it will be here for much longer.
I found this amazing spider next to my house An excellent model since it didn’t move around a lot. I had enough time to set my camera on a tripod and use an A4 paper behind the spider to cut out the distracting background.