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Parliament Vienna

parliament vienna Walking along the Ringstrasse ...

The Austrian Parliament building was built between the years 1873 - 1884.

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Parliament from the front. The monument is dedicated to Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom.

The building was destroyed in 1945 through bombs and built up again in a totally new style in 1956.

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A closer look on the monument. The characters are made in the style which was popular around the turn to the 20th century.

Since October 2005 the parliament can be visited from the Ringstrasse. A new visitors centre was created during a general restoration.

parliament vienna

The Athena Fountain (Pallas-Athene-Brunnen) in front of the Parliament was erected between 1893 and 1902 by Carl Kundmann, Josef Tautenhayn, and Hugo Haerdlt, based on the plans by Baron von Hansen. In the middle is a water-basin and a richly decorated base. The four lying figures at the foot of Athena are allegorical representations of the four most important rivers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. They represent at the front the Danube and Inn, in the back part the Elbe and Moldau rivers. On the sides are little cupids riding dolphins. The statues of the Danube, Inn, and the cupids were executed by Haerdtl, those of the Elbe and Moldau by Kundmann. The female statues above represent the legislative and executive powers of the state, executed by Tautenhayn. They are again dominated by the Goddess of Wisdom, Athena standing on a pillar. Athena is dressed in armor with a gilded helmet, her left hand carri es a spear, her right carries Nike.

parliament vienna

parliament vienna

parliament vienna

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