The Schrönbrunn Palace

Miguel Angel Victoria Fotógrafo

The history of the Shcrönbrunn Palace and its predecessor buildings reach the middle ages.
The entire property was dominated ,”Katterburg” since the beginning of the XIV century.
In the next centuries there were famous tenants such as Mayor Bayer of Vienna, who expanded the buildings.

In 1569 the property changed through Maximilian II to the Habsburgs.
It consisted of a house, a mill, a stable, a garden of relaxation and one of fruit trees to the property.
It was the foundation for a representative address, also for a garden recreation and a zoo garden.
This contributed in a determined way the establishment of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna in the year 1572.
The successive emperor Matteo used the Katterburg to hunt.
Legend says that in one of his hunting trips he discovered the Beautiful Fountain.
The one that gives the name to the mansion: Schönbrunn (beautiful fountain).
On Fernando’s II death in 1637 the property passed to his widow, Eleonora de Gonzaga.
She had a small palace built in 1642 and changed the name Katterburg to Schönbrunn.
In 1683 the Schönbrunn Palace was destroyed in the Second Siege of Vienna by the Ottoman Empire.
After the triumph against the Ottomans, Leopoldo I decided to build a new building.

The architect Juan Bernardo Fischer , designed in 1688 the “ project Schönbrunn l” for the emperor.
From the year 1696 it was built in pieces on top of the foundations of the destroyed palace.

The architect Juan Bernardo Fischer , designed in 1688 the “ project Schönbrunn l” for the emperor.
From the year 1696 it was built in pieces on top of the foundations of the destroyed palace.
The unfinished Palace in Schönbrunn served as residence for the emperor’s widow, Wilhelmina Amalia.
You can still see the portraits of the horses in the so-called “Rösselzimmer”, which she hung in this room.
In 1728 the emperor Carlos VI acquired the mansion.
Then he gave Schönbrunn to his daughter, Maria Teresa.
Thus began the glorious era for Schönbrunn.
The Palace became a center for courtly and political life.
Construction work began in 1742.
In the first stage of reforms (1743 – 1749) Pacassi directed the extension of the quarters of hearing and residence in the eastern wing.
The following works created a large passage hall on the first floor and on the luxury floor of the upper part of the Large and Small Gallery.
These two galleries provided enough space for large festivities; The Small Gallery served for family parties.
These first reforms did not include the frescoes in the ceiling of the two festivities.
The works of the second stage (1752 – 1765) concentrated on the decoration of the representation rooms.
After the death of Emperor Francisco I Esteban in 1765, a new period of decoration followed.
The empress decorated several rooms in commemoration of her husband in the palace with varnished panels of Chinese origin and wood.
María Teresa decorated the “Bergi” rooms in 1769 with landscape paintings, where she lived during the summer until her death.

The palace was uninhabited until at the beginning of the 19th century Emperor Francisco II re-used it as a summer residence.

After the death of Maria Teresa the Palace was uninhabited.
At the beginning of the 19th century Emperor Francisco II re-used it as a summer residence.
At this time Schönbrunn was occupied twice by Napoleon in the years 1805 and 1809.
In 1814, Schönbrunn urgently needed a renovation.
Francisco II reformed the facades in 1819 according to the plans of the architect Juan Aman.
Aman removed from the facade the opulent Rococo decoration of Pacassi.
He left the palace in its current appearance with his now typical “Schönbrunn yellow”.
Francisco José was born in 1830 in Schönbrunn.
When he ascended the throne in 1848, the palace was going to live another glorious era.
The young emperor chose Schönbrunn as his favorite residence, where he spent most of his life.
He was installed in the rooms of the western wing located towards the courtyard of honor.
There he lived until his death on November 21, 1916.
The private rooms of the emperor were redecorated.
The furniture with its simple essence reveals the personal character of Francisco José.
On the occasion of the marriage with Elisabeth, Duchess of Bavaria, in 1854 an apartment was prepared in the western wing towards the garden.

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How was this Virtual Tour made

The equipment used to perform virtual tour are the following:

  • Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
  • Lens Sigma 8 mm Fisheye
  • Nodal Ninja NN4 Tripod Head
  • Manfrotto 190 Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Remote Switch

The software processing of the image was

  • Lightroom to process RAW files
  • PTGui for stitching images
  • Photoshop general and local settings
  • PanoTour Pro for generating virtual tour
Some photographers have asked me about what programs there are with no cost to paste panoramic photographs and I think one of the most recognized is Hugin Panorama Photo Stitcher.
This program is a free and open source software that links contiguous images in a combined image.
You can load the images and align them manually, so it’s accessible for the users intervention allowing a greater personalization and control over the final panorama.
It’s also available for Windows and Mac OS.
You have the option to download Hugin in Spanish and it also has a large list of utilities such as color and contrast correction, adjustment of images and control points and HDR image support. It also has an assistant (also in Spanish) that guides you through the interface and helps you know all the benefits offered by this program.
The steps for creating your panorama are also three.
The first consists of ‘uploading the images’ of your panorama. Then the program automatically aligns these images by opening a ‘Panoramic Editor’ so that the user can manually adjust the necessary changes.
The last step is ‘Create the Panorama’. Clicking on this option will open a window of ‘Output parameters’, where you can customize the final result of the panorama that we will obtain.

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