Monday, September 29, 2014

Salzburg - Gardens at Mirable Palace

Date of visit: 13th April 2014

Group photo in Mirabell Garden, thank you stranger (to the person who was kind to snap for us) 

Mirabell Palace is a historical building in the city of Salzburg, Austria. The palace with its gardens is a listed cultural heritage monument and part of the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg UNESCO World Heritage Site. The famous fountain in Mirabell Gardens is seen in the "Do-Re-Mi" song from The Sound of Music film. Therefore, many visitors are coming to visit Mirabell Gardens whenever they are in Salzburg, a must visit place. That is why we ended our tour list in that beautiful breath taking garden. The photo that Anne snapped of the 3 sisters was with the overview of Hohensalzburg Festung Castle which is worth to visit too.

The palace was built in year 1606 outside the medieval walls of Salzburg according to Italian and French models, at the order of Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich Raitenau as a residence for his mistress Salome Alt. When Raitenau was deposed and arrested in 1612, Alt and her family were expelled and the palace received its current name from Italian words, "mirabile" or "bella" meaning an amazing or a wonderful. It was rebuilt in a lavish Baroque style from 1710, according to plans designed by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt. The current Neoclasical appearance dates from year 1818, when the palace was restored after the great fire that swept through, not only the palace but the whole city. A number of frescoes including those by Johann Michael Rottmayr and Gaetano Fanti fell victim to the flames. The grand marble staircase that led into the palace and the marble hall survived unscathed.

Me with the palace and the garden

Roses garden
Visitors from all over the world use the opportunity coming here to see the locations in the city of Salzburg, where the film 'The Sound of Music' was shot. Especially amongst fans from overseas. The film has reached a unique status and incredible popularity and many of them dream of following Maria's footsteps at least once in their life. Not me okay.

The purple flower plant is undeniably too beautiful

Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau had Altenau Palace built in 1606 as a token of his love for Salome Alt. The palace fulfilled its purpose as 15 children were born of their union, 10 of whom survived. After Wolf Dietrich's death, the palace was renamed "Mirabell" by his successor, Markus Sitticus von Hohenems.

The famous Mirabell Gardens were redesigned around 1690 under Prince Archbishop Johann Ernst Graf von Thun to plans by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and completely remodeled around 1730 by Franz Anton Danreiter. The Pegasus Fountain, a work by Kaspar Gras from Innsbruck, was installed in 1913. The four groups of statues around the fountain were sculpted by Ottavio Mosto (1690) and symbolize the 4 elements: fire, air, earth and water. The Mirabell Gardens were opened to the public by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1854. Today they are a horticultural masterpiece and popular backdrop for photographers.

The Hedge Theater was created between 1704 and 1718 - is located in the main part 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 Archbishop Franz Anton Harrach.

I have been blessed with a good sister, Roshayati through thick and thin, she is always there for me. There are times that we fought a lot but the bloods that we shared did not easily move an inch of our close feeling towards each other. She went through a lot in her life that made me felt at nothing as compared with when I complained to God of my difficulties. She, at various times try to be someone else but Anne saw that she was so herself when we were at Mirabell Garden. I'm so happy that Anne shared with me her opinion. It was the same happiness when a friend said to me 3 nights agoa message "I'm very happy that you are happy". Yes, indeed I am too very happy when my sister is happy.

Lover you sister, love you best friend.... Peace

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