The Upper Cascade
in the Palace Gardens of Prince Eugene of Savoy's
summer residence, the "Belvedere",
located about a third of the way
down the hill from the Upper Palace
towards the Lower Belvedere Palace.
The Upper Belvedere
A view from the bottom of the steps
that lead to the
The Lower Belvedere Palace
and the Inner City with
St. Stephan's Cathedral beyond.
Lower Belvedere Palace
The gate to the left opens to
gardens of the Orangery.
Prince Eugene was fond of exotic plants.
In his country palace, "Schloss Hof",
the Orangery was one of the largest
and most innovative of his time. *
The brilliant reds of the
Virginia Creeper climbing the west wall
of the Orangery's garden
play with the muted tones
of the blue hour,
descending into dusk.
Lower Belvedere Palace
We get a glimpse of the silhoutte of
a statue in the entrance hall
of the palace.
Walking back up the hill,
with the sun now set beyond the horizon,
the sky over the Upper Palace appears
to be tinted indigo blue.
Vienna in Blue
Beyond the Lower Belvedere Palace,
the Inner City has changed
into evening glamour.
St. Stephen's steeple, illuminated beacon,
will guide us
Photographed by Merisi
in the Blue Hour
28 October 2009
*) Click on the picture
for a virtual visit to
Prince Eugene's "Schloss Hof"
I had hoped to be able to get to the Belvedere in time for the Golden Hour, but when I finally was free to go there, the sun was already disappearing behind the buildings. Still, it was a wonderful evening walk. It took more than hour to walk from the Upper Palace to the Lower one, crisscrossing the gardens, and then back up again. I set my camera at ISO 400, the light was poor and I don't carry a tripod (would I ever!), and captured whatever the available light would still allow me to.ReplyDelete
I arrived at the Belvedere all tired and exhausted. After the hourlong walk I felt refreshed and ready to brave the evening. Such is the power of beauty around you!
A wonderful day to all of you,
thank you for yesterday's kind comment,
I appreciate each and every one,
i've often wondered what it must've been like to live, to actually live, in a place like that... and i can't....ReplyDelete
Such a sense of graceful order to this architecture . . . and the blue hour is a lovely time.ReplyDelete
Wow, I love that Creeper.ReplyDelete
"The Blue Hour"--what a perfect designation...I will never think of dusk in the same way again...these photos, as always, are perfection...I wish, like Mary Poppins, that I could pop into your pictures for a jolly holiday! The palace is exquisite...what joy it must bring you to be able to ramble in such gorgeous places! And I love orangeries...Jefferson had one at Monticello, I believe...they are such delightful, and peaceful spaces!!! Ahh, my soul will meditate on the beauty and peace of this post for the remainder of my day!!! Love to you~Janine XO
More beautiful photos--you gotta' love Virginia Creeper, too, eh? So brilliant.ReplyDelete
I'm drooling, imagining the walk you took, the beautiful gardens and statues. Eugene Savoy, was he related to the Italian King Emmanuel?ReplyDelete
Isn't there a Belvedere Palace/Gardens on Lake Como too?
Lovely!! Love the fall colors of the Virginia Creeper!! enJOY your day!!ReplyDelete
Gorgeously evocative pictures!ReplyDelete
I've never been to the Belvedere, but now I wish I had gone when I had the chance. Thanks for the beautiful pictures!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful building! Very great photos!ReplyDelete
Beautiful. A Viennese Versailles. And I love the term "The Blue Hour"--so evocative. Thank you for these lovely photos & descriptions.ReplyDelete
Now I see why the French associate pastry with Viennese architecture...ReplyDelete
Piece of cake..
Love the evening shot of Schloss Belvedere!ReplyDelete
It just does not seem right, these photos.ReplyDelete
It seemeth unreal.
So beautiful. So gorgeous.
Sigh. Sigh. SIGH.ReplyDelete
Dear Merisi, fancy a cultual exchange? A mutual house sit (except I can't guarantee I'd give yours back!) :)