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#1446 Schloss Schönbrunn Gloriette seen from the garden - Vienna (Austria)

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Schloss (Palace) Schönbrunn Gloriette seen from the garden with the Neptune Fountain or Neptunsbrunnen, Vienna (Austria)

The crowning glory of the park is the Gloriette, a neoclassicist arcaded structure perched on top of the Schönbrunn hill. In the original plans of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach for Schönbrunn, the palace would be built here, with large terraces on the slope towards the city.
Instead the Gloriette was built here in 1775 by Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg as a monument to the soldiers who had given their lives for the empire. From the Gloriette you have a magnificent panoramic view, not only over the park and palace, but also over the city of Vienna. The Gloriette is home to a café where you can relax after the uphill climb.

One of the highlights of Schönbrunn is the Neptune Fountain or Neptunbrunnen, the park's most monumental fountain. It was conceived as part of the overall design of the gardens and park commissioned by Maria Theresa in the 1770s. Excavations for the pool began in 1776 and the fountain was completed four years later, just before the death of the empress. It was probably designed by Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg, while the sculptural group of Sterzing marble was executed by Johann Christian Wilhelm Beyer. The Baroque sculpture group depicts a mythical scene in which the sea goddess Thetis asks Neptune to allow her son Achilles a safe voyage to Troy.