Sign high above Kärntner Strasse
Hotel Astoria Entrance
Brass Door Knocker
A brazen lion,
evoking "fearful symmetry"
A small, fenced-in park next to Albertina Square,
a memorial to hundreds of civilian World War II bomb victims:
"Opposite the Albertina, where there is now a small park,
there used to be a large building, the Philipphof.
On March 3, 1945 bombs destroyed it completely and hundreds
of people who had taken refuge in its air-raid shelters
lost their lives. They are still buried there … "
Quoted from Henriette Mandl's "In Search of Vienna"
Photographed 5 December 2013
Images and own text © by Merisi
105 mm lens