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Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.
This week we hosted a small international conference in Vienna’s city center. In order to spice up the day, we organized a guided tour to the state hall of the Austrian national library.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austrian_National_Library for the Wikipedia entry.
This library started as the Hapsburg’s court library, but was accessible to all citizens. The main building is part of the Hofburg complex, the residency of the emperors. Most of the pictures below show the baroque “Prunksaal / State Hall” which was finished in 1723.
Entering the hall.
The oldest book in the collection: from 1368.
The emperor had a statue of himself put in the center of the hall: in a Roman general’s uniform, with Baroque hair, larger than in reality, with a boastful inscription.
Guess what my association was when the guide described this statue?
Frescos in the central cupola.
Book. Lots of books. The big ones in the lower rows, the smaller ones higher up.
Once more the center of the hall.
The new wing of the Hofburg also houses parts of the library but also a different museum.
Thank you so much otmar, do send us more when you can.
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