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! ^^'
It’s already been a month since i moved to Austria and i feel like a new person…There is no looking back or thoughts of doubt, it had to be done and i couldn’t be happier that i’m able to share it with you all.
This weekend i visited my relatives in upper Austria, Gmunden and Altmünster. I had an amazing time and it was really lovely to see them all again after almost 8 years. It’s been too long since my last visit in Austria, when previously we used to visit almost every year. It still feels surreal that i actually live in Austria now but the breathtaking nature and the smiles i receive everyday make it real.
Enjoy a panoramic view from the mountains in Reindlmühl area, it was really refreshing to wake up to this view for 2 days! I’m really lucky to have an aunt and uncle that live on the mountainside 😀 More photos to come!
P.s. Click on the image to view it in a larger size 😉
This is officially my first post from Vienna, Austria! I’m really sorry that this took so long and mostly i’m sorry for being totally absent from the wordpress community…I really missed you all and it really frustrated me that I could not see your posts. I didn’t have an internet connection at the house that i’m temporarily staying and generally many things didn’t go as planned… One of the most annoying things that happened was that my computer had a problem on arrival and it took me 2 weeks to fix it…It turned out the graphics card didn’t like the Austrian climate and decided to call it quits causing constant freezes, driver crashes and even not letting the pc boot at all…
Only yesterday I was able to start editing some photos that I had already taken in my first days in Vienna and today i finally have internet. So V-Light is back in business! 😀 I’m currently on the search for another house and a roommate and at the same time searching for a job, as you can imagine all that without internet has been almost impossible. I’ve been spending my time at shopping malls using their free wireless internet with my smartphone…Oh well, it’s actually a good excuse for people watching…hehe…
Never thought that a move comes along with such a chaos…But things are falling to place and even though everything was greatly delayed, it is now moving forward… I am positive that very soon everything will be back on full speed and i’m really looking forward to see what I missed from you all and to share with you my news and photos from my new life here 😀
To everyone who participated in the “Art Sale for a New Life” campaign, i want to thank you once again and i hope you all got your prints by now, please let me know! 😀 More updates are coming in the following days…
So, here is one of the first photos that I took while exploring the neighboorhood 😀 A beautiful sunset at the Donau river, i can easily say it was magical…