Pinsteps. Vienna State Opera

Vienna Opera. One can hardly imagine Vienna without remembering its famous opera house. Remember Franz Josef? It was in his reign, it was decided to demolish the walls, to clear the territory and in their place lay wide and convenient traffic arteries. So Ringing appeared in Vienna — circles circling the old city and creating a convenient and fast connection to the new city. By the way, following the example of Vienna, many cities in the Austro-Hungarian Empire went, for example, Krakow. On the wide streets began to walk horseback, which then will be replaced by trams. And for architects, a new indescribable front of work appeared and, in 1861, the building of the Court Opera was laid. The building was designed by several architects, but the tone was set by Edward van der Nüll, a professor at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, an eclecticist (in the common people: picking up everything beautiful). The grand opening took place on May 25, 1869 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni opera. The opening was attended by Emperor Franz Yosif himself and Empress Elizabeth (Amalia Yevgenia of Bavaria - charming Sisi), but only neither Van der Nylll nor his co-author August Zikard von Zikardsburg did not live to see it. Their creation, even long before the first submission, criticized the public. The building was called the sinking box. It had no front stairs and only a few steps separated it from the road. But the architect was most offended by comparing his creation with the defeat of Austria near Sadovaya in the Czech Republic. This event took place in the summer of 1866 during the Austro-Prussian Won, when in just 6 weeks Austria permanently lost influence in Germany and Italy. On April 4, 1868, Van der Nüll hanged himself in the building of his theater, and after 10 weeks his colleague Zikardsburg died of tuberculosis. These events shocked the public so much that even Franz Josef called on critics to be more careful in their statements, and now he himself adhered to the same phrase in everything that relates to art: "It was beautiful and I was very pleased" Well, wasn’t Brezhnev? Translated with Google Translate

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From Cafe Mozart to the Hungarian House of the Blood Countess. My trip in Vienna of Sep 25, 2018.

A short walk through the imperial Vienna. The Opera, the Royal Park, the palace of the Augsburg dynasty and the sinister history of the bloody countess Translated with Google Translate

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