Schwarzenbergplatz, Vienna

Schwarzenbergplatz, Vienna

Beautiful Hochstahlbrunnen fountain and Soviet-style Russian statue between the Karlsplatz and the Belvedere, at Schwarzenbergplatz. The fountain was created in 1873 to celebrate the laying of an important waterline by the Emperor (he celebrated everything). The Soviet-style statue towering over it and the 19th century equestrian statue nearby (my hero is bigger than your hero?) was built during the period of occupation when this was the center of the Soviet Zone (until 1956). Thankfully, the Soviet tanks are no longer on display. This is another beautifully renovated area since my visit 30 years ago – re-done around 2004 by a Spanish architect. For more info on the history of this central spot in Vienna (which links the Karlsplatz, portions of the Ringstrasse, the Belvedere, and the Kartnerstrasse (now an upscale shopping street), see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwarzenbergplatz.

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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