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Belvedere Palace, Vienna

By AlanBW
Not a character study this time, but there's no harm in ringing the changes on occasions.

Pictured above is the front view of the beautiful upper Belvedere Palace in Vienna. This was one of many magnificent buildings that Tricia and I saw on our recent visit to the capital of Austria. There are a few miniscule figures within the image, which will give an idea of the scale of the structure.

Sited in a most impressive park that also contains lower Belvedere Palace, this was built for Prince Francois-Eugene of Savoy-Carignan (1663-1736), who was one of the greatest generals to serve the Hapsburg Empire. In Austria he is known as Prinz Eugen.

The Belvedere complex was built between 1714 and 1723; both palaces being designed by the celebrated baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt. Prince Eugene resided in upper Belvedere and some years after his death the entire park and both palaces were sold by his heirs to Archduchess Maria Theresa, who was the first to name it Belvedere, (beautiful view).

The last person to reside here was Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who along with his wife Sophie was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo on 28th June 1914. Princip was one of seven conspirators who planned the assassination and all were members of the nationalist political group Young Bosnia; they were also thought to have links with The Black Hand, an anarchist fringe movement. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand and Sophie led to the Austrian declaration of war on Serbia, an event that sparked the Great War of 1914-18.

Since the end of the Great War, the Austrian Gallery museum has resided in the Belvedere.

Tags: Building Travel General Reflection Austria Palace Architecture Vienna Landscape and travel Belvedere palace

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phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2007 4:53PM
Lovely composition and reflections,beautiful building well taken.

arnieg 16 704 England
12 Apr 2007 5:13PM
superb building colour and reflections
Glynn Plus
15 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2007 5:22PM
Hi Alan,

Love the decision to go with the panoramic presentation, it really does give a sence of scale to the shot. Great comp and so well presented.

Sezz 16 619 15 England
12 Apr 2007 5:33PM
Like the wide angle view here Alan, good reflections too.

Sez Smile
TyChee Plus
16 275 1 United States
12 Apr 2007 5:33PM
Nice lead-in and reflections!
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
12 Apr 2007 6:28PM
back on track..great shot. Hope Vienna is cheaper than it used to be

VNelson 16 3 United States
12 Apr 2007 7:19PM
A beatiful piece of architecture and a great shot of it.

So this is where 'he' lived. What opulence!
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
12 Apr 2007 8:39PM
Hi Alan
Excellent shot, sharp and colorful!
The description helps us to know more about the place.
12 Apr 2007 9:34PM
Very grand image Alan, excellent detail, and so wide, the shimmery reflections look great, fine image, Adrian
Possum 14 148 England
12 Apr 2007 10:03PM
What a gorgeous building, and your shot does justice to its grandeur and majesty. The reflection offers us the chance to view it twice - even better!
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
12 Apr 2007 10:13PM
Very impressive building. I like the reflection and the perspective illustrated by the people.
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2007 10:20PM
well what a great photo
the reflection fab
a well taken clear shot
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
12 Apr 2007 10:53PM
A wonderful panoramic view of this beauitful building.
Thank you for the interesting story...History was one of my favourite school subjects.
13 Apr 2007 12:28AM
A lovely crisp image with great reflections in the water. And a great description too, which really brings it to life.
GillyB 15 317 8 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 12:49AM
A lovely capture of this spectacular palace.
The fountain was empty when I took my version in the wintertime, so I took the rear view instead.
We were lucky to see the Klimt collection here.

Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
13 Apr 2007 1:45AM
A lovely picture of a beautiful building. Strange to think that such a lovely building had links with the outbreak of WW1.
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 6:02AM
what a stunning image, beaut of a capture
Phoebecat 15 1 Italy
13 Apr 2007 7:30AM
What a pad! Very interesting explanation. Hope upload some more from this location

Barbaraj 14 450 England
13 Apr 2007 8:30AM
History with the photo too. I like the reflection in the water. Thankyou.
PLCimagery 14 77 1 England
13 Apr 2007 8:36AM
Looks fab!
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 8:51AM
great discription alan, fabulous reflections and a good lead in, well taken.

daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 9:00AM
Thanks for sharing this magnificent view, and it's history with us. Well taken, and interesting!

bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 9:11AM
amazing... what a viewpoint.. love the reflections
LauraBeans 15 32 Scotland
13 Apr 2007 9:11AM
Beautiful reflections. Lovely shot.

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 10:01AM
Well composed, I like the composition and reflections.

forestrich 14 2 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 10:04AM
Great composition.Love the reflections. Sounds like a very interesting place.

tull 17 181 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 11:51AM
Excellent crisp clean image Alan with wonderful reflections.

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
13 Apr 2007 12:00PM
wonderful !!!!
panda 16 5 1 England
13 Apr 2007 12:03PM
Cracking shot Alan, great detail and nice reflection.
Regards Phil
13 Apr 2007 12:21PM
Hi Alan,
Beautiful picturesque scene - love the reflection and colours.

Jennywren ( :
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
13 Apr 2007 1:35PM
Nice shot Alan.Lovely building,good lead and lovely rippled reflections.

13 Apr 2007 2:10PM
Impressive Palace , The reflection is brillant , must be a great sight in the flesh as it were . Delightful ...Riff
tuhin 14
13 Apr 2007 2:31PM
Hi frend, I look your photograff. Exellent.
Androo 14 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 6:42PM
Brilliant reflection, good clean image.
summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 7:28PM
I love the reflections & the sense of scale created by the little people, It's beautiful.
trissie 14 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 8:15PM
A lovely capture of a beautiful building Alan, beautiful reflection and light.

Trish x
myrab 14 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 9:42PM
I like this , Great shot.
Pegon 15 78 1 England
13 Apr 2007 10:48PM
A superb capture of this lovely building and it's reflections in the water Alan, and an interesting piece of information.
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2007 11:43PM
Great composition on this fine piece of architecture.... great colours and wondeful reflections and as always a top description for us to enjoy. Well done. Karen Smile
14 Apr 2007 6:42AM
Great reflections and colors. Nice capture.

ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2007 10:35AM
hi alan - very good archetectual picture but it is the reflections that make it a winner.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2007 4:45PM
Wonderful building, great reflection. I missed this due to the changeover.
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
15 Apr 2007 2:59AM
Wow, I take one! Wink Nice shot, Spot on! Click!!!

Mavis 19 143 2 England
15 Apr 2007 9:51AM
Magnificent structure and reflection Alan . What a story !! xx
Rock 18 10 2 England
15 Apr 2007 11:14AM
Perfect !

hebdens 15 5
15 Apr 2007 12:49PM
I've visited here before, your pic does it justice, A beautiful piece of architecture.
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
15 Apr 2007 1:39PM
love the reflection alan
nice clear crisp image
15 Apr 2007 5:42PM
perfection as always...

MaryMac 15 258 1 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2007 9:48PM
what a beautiful place and you have taken this shot to perfection Alan as always
thank you for your very nice words about my shots I really appreciate your comments
16 Apr 2007 10:22AM
What a lovely shot, Alan.....This looks like the place to stay at, hee hee!
Well Done!

Cheers and have a great week,
Suzan Smile
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2007 10:25AM
well exposed for the architecture, reflections and sky - excellent composition.
16 Apr 2007 3:00PM
Lovely composition

mollye 14 3 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2007 7:05PM
Stunning.... great reflections and composition
sputnki 16 10 Canada
16 Apr 2007 7:47PM
Nicely caught Alan!

LesleyJ 14 247 England
17 Apr 2007 10:16AM
Totally inspiring photography - Stunning
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
17 Apr 2007 2:25PM
Hi Alan,
Amazingly detailled shot,love the architecture and the reflections,great lead in and light.Take care.AnnSmile
evelen 16 5 England
17 Apr 2007 6:19PM
wonderful holiday shots,i like this one ,great pictires, i am off on a cruise back in a few weeks , eve.
DaisyD50 14 3
17 Apr 2007 7:43PM
Wow, stunning reflections!!! I like the historic atmosphere too. Excellent lighting.
jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
18 Apr 2007 4:25PM
Hi Alan.
Really good picture of this Palace.
Never seen it before.
korni 14
20 Apr 2007 7:14PM
That is a magic photo !*fav
MickS 16 23 14 England
21 Apr 2007 2:20PM
Watcha Alan,
excellent, crisp and clean composition.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
22 Apr 2007 8:13AM
Playing catch up Alan.Superb view and reflection.
stevophoto 14 1 United States
24 Apr 2007 12:45AM
Great Shot Alan! The reflection and detail is awesome. Well done.
Thanks for the comment on mine.

22 May 2007 7:10PM
Well I am speechless truely an awesome photograph well captured Alan.
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
23 May 2007 5:36PM
Nice capture of the palace and its reflection. -=\Walter
djmaz 13 31
30 May 2007 5:33PM
now that is a good pic but far how did uyou get it where did you go thank for leving me a coment ceep it up
from callum
john2908 14 1
10 Jun 2007 2:03PM
good reflections i like the lead in it lets you roll round the snap
Nice 0ne
23 Jun 2007 10:46AM
Simply in a word awesome
ian_w 16 22 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2007 7:52AM
Lovely shot. I was in Vienna beginning of April, but unfortunately, didn't get much chance for sight seeing.
Megzx 14
30 Jun 2007 9:29AM
sunning reflections!
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
1 Jul 2007 5:56PM
A splendid shot of this magnificent building, superb composition and reflections

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