So, from where we left off in our previous post…
Visited the serene old world charm of Salzburg and its Cathedral… for once, feeling a real sense of inner peace.
We continued to head for our next destination today: Mirabell Palace
Links to Part 1 – Part 4 can be found here, if you’re interested…
Mirabell Palace is also known as Schloss Mirabell – in German.
Amidst the city center of Salzburg lays a baroque jewel with cinematic and romantic claims to fame.
|Mirabell Palace A.K.A. Schloss Mirabell
Strolling through the magnificent gardens of Mirabell Palace and see the most beautiful wedding hall in the world!
|Greek sculptures beautifully adorn the gardens
The grounds of Mirabell Palace are embroidered with colorful gardens and sculptures inspired by Greek mythology.
♫ Fans of ‘The Sound of Music’ – a musical film, will enjoy touring the gardens where Maria taught the Von Trapp children ‘Do-Re-Mi’. ♪
♪ Several scenes from The Sound of Music were recorded here where Maria and the children sang ‘Do-Re-Mi’ while dancing around this Pegasus Fountain whilst using the steps as musical scales. ♫
|The Sound of Music
At the far-end of the gardens, visitors can learn about the romantic history of the Palace of Mirabell.
A short note and interesting fact about the Palace:
In 1606, Salzburg’s Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau commissioned the original palace. Built as a token of love for Salome Alt, his partner of 22 years, this castle may be regarded as the Taj Mahal of Austria.
After Wolf Dietrich’s death, the palace was renamed “Mirabell” by his successor, Markus Sitticus von Hohenems.
Presently, the Mirabell Palace holds a more administrative purpose as it houses the office of Salzburg’s mayor. However, visitors can still enjoy the more enchanting aspects of the grounds.
Despite undergoing many renovations, the sophisticated and elegant interior design of The Marble Hall – formerly Prince Archbishop’s ballroom – remains intact. Today, the hall is used as a venue for Palace concerts as well as wedding ceremonies; it is said to be the most beautiful wedding hall for civil weddings in Central Europe.
The high-vaulted ceilings, cascading chandeliers, and gold ornamented walls create a regal setting for a civil ceremony. In the gardens, the backdrop of the fortress and historic buildings create storybook scenery for wedding photos!
|The snow definitely made the gardens anything but romantic
❆ Unfortunately as you can see, it was winter and the lovely gardens became just another patch of snow. ❆
☃ (T❅T) ☃
❄ I apologize for this as my pictures definitely don’t do the place justice. ❄
|Still… it was a beautiful place!
The Palace: a precious jewel of the past…
Prince-Archbishop Franz Anton von Harrach had Mirabell Palace redesigned by the famous baroque architect, Lukas von Hildebrandt, integrating the individual buildings into a self-contained complex.
The palace was damaged by the great fire that swept through the city on April 30, 1818. A number of frescoes fell victim to the flames. Thankfully, the grand marble staircase that led into the palace and the marble hall survived unscathed.
Mirabell Palace owes its present unassuming appearance to Peter de Nobile, the court’s architectural consultant and director of the Vienna School of Architecture.
Details such as the edging of the windows, the capitals and structures bear witness to the palace’s former splendor. The masterly staircase grand marble staircase is one of the most precious works of art at Mirabell Palace. Charming cherubs decorate the marble balustrade; the sculptures in the niches are among the finest products of the European baroque.
The Mirabell Gardens
The famous Mirabell Gardens was completely remodeled around the year 1730.
The Pegasus Fountain – one of the main sights here, was installed in 1913. The four groups of statues around the fountain were were meant to symbolize the 4 elements: fire, air, earth and water.
The Mirabell Gardens was then finally opened to the public by the Emperor; Franz Joseph in 1854. Today the gardens are a horticultural masterpiece and popular backdrop for photographers.
(Sad to say, all we saw was snow.)
The Hedge Theater – was created between 1704 and 1718 – these gardens are full of history!! It is located in the central area of the Mirabell Gardens and is one of the oldest hedge theaters, north of the Alps.
The Dwarf Garden features a number of misshapen creatures made of white Untersberg marble and dates back to the time of a very very long time!!!
Mirabell Palace presently…
Today Mirabell Palace not only houses the offices of Salzburg’s mayor and the municipal council. The Marble Hall, formerly the prince-archbishops’ ballroom and was also the concert venue for Leopold Mozart and his children; Wolfgang and Nannerl.
Meetings, awards ceremonies and romantic concerts are held here regularly too.
The other rooms house the municipal council and therefore not open to the public.
Mirabell Palace, together with its gardens – are a listed cultural heritage monument and part of the Historic Center of the City of Salzburg’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Part 6 will be coming right up, so keep your eyes glued!!
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|The Pegasus Fountain
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