Off we went today to walk through the Hofburg, courtesy of Anna Grace’s awesome guide book. The Minoritenkirche greeted us when we came up from Herrengasse station. The church was established in 1224, and was restored in part following the Turkish siege. Hence the design.
Graceful columned arches on the outside.
But nothing compared to the arches on the inside.
Faded Austrian Coats of Arms along the walls.
Outside Minoritenkirche is a fountain lacking mermaids, gods and goddesses, or nobility. A rare sight in Vienna.
Angry god on a fountain at Michaelerplatz. Phew. Now we’re back on track.
Michaelerkirche. The former parish church of the court.
The entrance to the church for the nobility. Commoners entered from doors on the left (women) and right (men).
The seated evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Across Michaelerplatz is Hofburg: part palace, part castle, and entirely grandiose.
It is not possible to walk directly from Michaelerkirche to Hofburg due to the Roman ruins on display.
Once through the grand arch, we chose to skip the long, long line to enter the Imperial Apartments. As much as we wanted to see Sisi’s recipes and learn how she took care of her long hair, we’ll wait until off-season.
In the inner courtyard are two mighty lions guarding the drawbridge over the moat, with their tongues sticking out! Most definitely not Imperial graciousness!
Once upon a time the Swiss guarded the gate.
…where we spied a Greek Temple…
…with more columns, of course…
…a naked man at the entrance…
…and glittering gold confetti leading us inside.
Oh, my. Dare we enter?
The temple was empty save for the floor, covered in more of the gold confetti. Modern art in an “ancient” temple! The exhibit was stated to represent the “ambivalence of life.”