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Good Morning All,
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Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!
Surprise – it’s not Friday, and yet….
Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.
The other weekend I shuttled spawn #1 to a birthday party in Vienna’s 3rd (and a bit 11th) district. This is somewhat off my usual paths, so I thought I make some pictures of sights on the way.
I’ve share pictures of the Flak-tower in the Augarten before, this is one (of a pair) in the Arenbergpark. Back in WW2 they built three pairs of such towers in roughly an equilateral triangle around the center of Vienna. They were all built up to the same absolute height, simplifying the targetting. Within each pair, one contained mainly the searchlights and instruments, the other the heavy flak itself.
Second tower in the Arenbergpark.
Close by is the cathedral of the Russian orthodox church which is adjacent to the Russian embassy. That part of Vienna is full of diplomatic builings: accross the street is the Iranian one, very close by is also the Chinese and the British one.
Some of the bigger countries (US included) operate more than one embassy in Vienna: one for relations to Austria, one for the UN bodies and one for the OSCE.
These round towers were initially built to support to gas system for Vienna: they were used to store the gas extracted from coal. After the switch-over to natural gas and the emergence of underground, pressurized tanks the builings became obsolete.
During the 90’s they were used to host epic rave parties. Around 2000 they were converted into a mixed use building: a mall, some office space, flats and a music theater.
Gasometers from the other side.
Thank you so much otmar, do send us more when you can.
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