Only an hour's drive from Vienna,
Baroque architect Lucas von Hildebrandt's
magnificent palace for Prince Eugene of Savoya
would well be worth a visit on its own,
but there is so much more to enjoy!
Baroque gardens beckon with great vistas into
the Lower Austria countryside and
a large Manor Farm - composed of beautiful buildings
and its own extensive gardens, orchards and meadows -
sits next to the palace on the fertile land of the Marchfeld.
Prince Eugene's Orangerie,
one of the largest and most innovative
when it was built at the end of the first quarter of the 18th Century,
has been recently restored and is open to visitors again.
The beloved Prince Eugene of Savoy -
one of Austria's greatest heroes and a lover of the arts -
provided unlimited funding
to architect von Hildebrandt's genius.
A feeling of grandezza of spirit and devotion to the arts
surrounds even these utilitarian buildings.
An espaliered grapevine
holding onto a trellis,
the wooden lattice
and its shadows
play at painting their own image.
A wooden bench
offering shade and a view
of the pond and the Orangerie below.
Linden and potted trees
lining the path to the riding stables,
immersed in their own introspective game.
A fig tree,
leaves caressing the manor building,
offers shade to the visitor
who for too long has been out
under the unrelenting Marchfeld sun.
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Photographed by Merisi
Sunday, May 17, 2009
to come! :-)