Our tour this week took us to the Wien Museum, current host of the “Sex in Wien” exhibit.
Okay, no, that wasn’t the exhibit we went to see, but I’m having fun imagining the looks on the faces of the program coordinators back home going “we’re paying for them to see what?”
We met up outside of Karlskirche, the namesake of Karlsplatz.1 The church was built to honor Saint Charles, for his work in fighting the Black Plague.2 Most of the church is built in the Baroque style, but the two big pillars are in faux-antiquity style, based on a pair of pillars somewhere in Rome.
That is an angel that’s ready to fight. You better not sin, you’ll get a brass cross upside the head.
I think my favorite thing that the museum had, once we got into it, was the ground floor exhibit – a bunch of things that were removed from St. Stephen’s cathedral in order to preserve them.
Not only were a bunch of statues moved here, but also some of the original stained glass windows. They are much nicer than the ones currently in the cathedral.
There’s also some bits of funeral armor, originally placed around Frederick III’s resting place. Why one of them consists of a woman with fish for arms, I don’t know.
The second and third floor of the museum both have models of the city as it appeared at different points in history.
I liked this one – the opera house was only built a couple hundred years ago,3 but you can already see the building where I have classes every day.4
And I’ll end with this bust, because look at that face.5
- That name may not be familiar to you, but it’s very familiar to me – Karlsplatz is the enormous station on several of the underground lines that services the area where our classes are. I’m there a couple times a day, on average. ↩
- Being a saint, he presumably kicked it out of the country the same way that Saint Patrick kicked all the snakes out of Ireland, or whatever that legend is. ↩
- “only” ↩
- Technically speaking, you can see the original building – I’m fairly sure that the one we’re in is the “we rebuilt it to the same plans after everything got blown up during that nasty second world war.” ↩
“What emotion is that supposed to portray?”