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Monday, 2 November 2015

The State Hall Vienna

This is the State Hall of the National Austrian Library in Vienna. Part of the Hofburg Palace it was built between 1723-6.


Beautiful leather bound books and manuscripts are stored in Walnut book cases.

Court painter Daniel Gran completed the frescoes by 1730

The State Hall is home to 200,000 books from 1501 to 1850.


















24 comments:

  1. Not a lending library then. It is very beautiful with the frescos looking so bright and fresh.

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  2. It is a beautiful library! The frescos are just amazing. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing your visit.! Have a happy new week!

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  3. So stately and beautiful! What a palace it must have been.
    Who reads the books, I wonder. Only the very agile could choose one from the top shelves!

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  4. Ah, magnificent indeed and such terrific captures!! Thanks for sharing, as always!! Enjoy a beautiful week!!

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  5. I love your photos of these old, ornate buildings!

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  6. Great photos of a truly amazing library. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Beautiful photos of those frescoes, and those books! :-)

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  8. Vienna must have more beautiful buildings than any other city in Europe.To think this is a library. Love the tall ladder to get to the book up top. It is a gorgeous place.

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  9. Wow what an amazing store of history. So many old books. Glad it survived the war and the nazis. The hall is beautiful with its frescos and walnut bookcases

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  10. Wow! So beautiful the ceiling art and all those lovely old books.

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  11. What a spectacular library! This was from the era when books were rare and treasured. I hope there will always be places like thsi in the world to visit!

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  12. Beautiful interiors of the hall. Those paintings are amazing.

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  13. Wow - how grand and beautiful!

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  14. Jealous of the bookcase(s). I love libraries and such. All the adventures in the world and you won't have to take a step!

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  15. Wow, this is stunning! My eldest Miss E (23) would be in raptures to visit or live in this library. She is passionate about literature, history, art and architecture and a self-confessed bibliophile.

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  16. Oh, beautiful this library. I like those with a ladder to reach the books!

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  17. Amazing ... Of course the frescoes and art absolutely remarkable. But the books! Those I am truly in awe of.

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  18. Isn't that a fabulous place. Your shots are terrific.

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