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Austrian Parliament Building, Vienna: 82 reviews and 201 photos

  Parlament in Vienna
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Theophil Hansen created his masterpiece for the Austro-Hungarian monarchy from 1874-1883, the new Reichsrat
building, which is now since 1918 the "parlament", seat of national and federal government. The architecture
is reflective of ancient Greece; the pillared porch (porticus) with eight Corinthian columns is clearly
inspired from old temple forms. In its gable is a depiction of the Bestowal of the Constitution to the
Austrian Peoples by Franz Joseph I. The National Council is seated in the building?s north wing, the Federal
Council in the south wing. Two mighty ramps, flanked by bronze horse-tamers, lead past marble likenesses of
antique historians up to the "porticus". The fountain of Pallas-Athena dominates the space between the two
ramps. Carl Kundmann finished the four meter high statue of the "Goddess of Wisdom" in 1902. At her feet
tumble the old Austrian river- gods of the Danube, Inn, Elbe, and Moldau.

Address: Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring 3, 1017 Wien
Directions: Between Schmerlingplatz & Rathausplatz
Phone: +43 1 401100
Website: http://www.parlament.gv.at/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 3, 2003
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