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We hardly suspect the existence of this stone cosmos above the rooftops of the city

By bliba  
Between bricks, chimneys and antennas, the most diverse formations appear. On gables, cornices, balustrades and roof terraces, all kinds of animals, lions, eagles, deer, but also numerous human figures, portraits of historical personalities, images of gods, allegories and personifications are gathered. High above the streets, removed from the hustle and bustle of traffic, there is a quiet world of its own. With our eyes fixed on mobile phones, displays and traffic lights, we hardly suspect the existence of this stone cosmos above the rooftops of the city.

I took this picture through a window from the Burgtheater. On the right, Goethe from behind, the building in the background is Vienna's City Hall, in front of it a large ice-skating rink that is very popular with young and old alike.

The two versions show

1 . The beautiful Burgtheater - the red circle shows the window through which I took the picture.
2. Portal of the Burgtheater in Vienna .
Above the central building a statue of Apollo decorates the façade, enthroned between the Muses for Drama and Tragedy.

In Greek and Roman mythology, Apollo was the god of light, spring, moral purity and moderation, as well as divination and the arts, especially music, poetry and song.

Among them Lessing ,Goethe and Schiller

Tags: Photo journalism Vienna Bnw photography Burgtheater Vienna above the rooftops

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28 Jan 2022 6:10PM
An excellent and very interesting lead image, Oliver.
I like the inclusion of the versions to give context to this collection.

LoryC 6 2 Italy
28 Jan 2022 6:23PM
Beautiful set and a very interesting write up.

Lory 📸
28 Jan 2022 6:50PM
Love the narration with excellent images to complete the post, Oliver.SmileSmile
Saastad Plus
3 16 16 Norway
28 Jan 2022 6:52PM
Exciting and very lovely abstract work!

Arne Smile
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
28 Jan 2022 7:05PM
The narrative is the thing...
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2022 7:45PM
A remarkable use of the viewpoint, Oliver, and of the wide aperture. Is this visionary photography, I wonder? as Goethe, Schiller and first of all Lessing were visionaries (no wonder I had to read them all at University 😁Wink

Enjoy your weekend!
28 Jan 2022 9:00PM
Very striking lead image, and evocative write-up.
Chinga Plus
11 61 3 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2022 10:19PM
Beautiful images Oliver, the lead shot is tremendous !!
Excellent photography. Isabel GrinGrin
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
28 Jan 2022 11:30PM
It looks so much higher up than what it does in the red circle. Love the lead and so interesting and informative.
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
28 Jan 2022 11:42PM
It shows what is available, and often hidden from the public, unless you search it out. Good find, complete with the usual very knowledgeable notes, Ollie.
29 Jan 2022 2:23AM
You are doing a sort of photographic urban archaeology Oliver. A great set.

29 Jan 2022 3:29AM
Excellent !!!!!
franken Plus
19 5.4k 4 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2022 8:53AM
Excellent work, Oliver.

leo_nid 5 12
29 Jan 2022 11:51AM
well conceived and beautifully recorded, Oliver
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
29 Jan 2022 12:22PM
Looks like a magnificent building, Ollie 😃 Love the abstractness of the lead, the eye having plenty to take in and look around at 👍🏻
Trev 😀
31 Jan 2022 4:00AM
Oh tis Goethe I thought it might be Beethoven..... that theatre is one ornate building ....nothing like that exists in western Canada !! I could stare at it all day there perchance a coffee shop across the street ?
best regards walt
31 Jan 2022 6:08AM
Very well photographed, Ollie Very effective.

Jukka Plus
10 1 Finland
31 Jan 2022 10:21AM
Some 30 years ago I saw this theater with my own eyes . Good to see it again.
Very good Oliver. SmileSmileSmile

KingBee Plus
16 558 2 Scotland
31 Jan 2022 12:49PM
Damn! Just run out of UAs. I'll try to remember to give one tomorrow, because this is a stunning.

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