Memorials in Vienna
Whenever I start a new project, I am surprised to see how much new information I myself can pick up by working on it. I don't remember how many times I've been standing in front of the Castle, looking at the memorial of Prince Eugen, without knowing whom it honoured. Anyhow, Eugen von Savoyen deserves this place of honour for defeating Sultan Suleiman II in the 17th century, thus granting the survival of our occidental culture....
Another example: every child in Vienna knows that the memorial of Johann Strauß is situated in the Stadtpark, not at least because he used to perform in the nearby Kursalon. But even if it is very logical, I didn't know that the memorials of many other composers are to be found in the Stadtpark, as those of Stolz, Lehar, Bruckner and Schubert. In the vicinity of the Castle you can find Emperors and Men of War, whereas City Mayors and Presidents are presented in the Rathauspark in front of the Courthouse.
Time does of course take influence on our cultural inheritance. General Radetzky stands today in front of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. But if you know, that in this building formerly was the Ministry of Defence, his placing is much easier to accept....
Below you can see a small, very personal selection of memorials in Vienna - nevertheless I do hope, that they may please you.
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