Yesterday’s shot: Maria Theresien Platz, meueums of Art history & Natural history (one on the left & on on the right)
“The Maria-Theresien-Platz is a large public square in Vienna, Austria, that joins the Ringstraße with the Museumsquartier, a museum of modern arts located in the former Imperial Stables.
Facing each other from the sides of the square are two near identical buildings, the Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum) and the Kunsthistorisches Museum(Art History Museum). The buildings are near identical, except for the statuary on their façades. The Naturhistorisches’ façade has statues depicting personifications of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The Kunsthistorisches façade features famous European artists, such as the Dutch Bruegel, among others.
The Naturhistorisches Museum and the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the square adjoining them were built in 1889. At the center of the square is a large statue depicting Empress Maria Theresa, namesake of the square. The Modern Art Museum in the former Imperial Stables shows contemporary works that some may consider controversial. The three museums are popular destinations for tourists.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum contains numerous famous works by the Northern European masters, such as Bruegel’s Tower of Babel, as well as an extensive collection of ancient world art.
The Naturhistorisches Museum houses displays of butterflies and other insects, and an extensive preserved and stuffed animal collection, the most poignant examples of which include a Przewalskii’s horse, a baby Javanese rhinoceros, a case of dodo remains & more.”
Source of quoted information: Wikipedia by viennese.lifestyle http://bit.ly/1NghX8r