Europe 2001: Austria

by - 1/13/2017

I'm going to have to wing this, because I don't remember where I put my booklet from the trip! I know this is in Austria, and after doing some googling, all of these pictures were taken in Innsbruck, the capital city of Tyrol in western Austria. It is located in the Inn valley

We stopped briefly at the Wilten Basillica, which had really, really beautiful interior. 

Sadly, my dinky little camera could not pick up the beauty of this place. And honestly, I don't remember much of the inside. But I really remember the graveyard outside, because it was so unusual. 

These appeared to be family plots, because there seemed to be a lot of names on each marker. We weren't able to walk through the graveyard, we were only able to look at it from the outside (it was closed off by a fence). Really eerie, but beautiful. I really wish I remembered what the inside looked like, because according to Google images, it's really, really beautiful. 

We got to take a look at the Innsbruck Cathedral, or the Cathedral of St. James, a Baroque Roman Catholic cathedral. 

I think I took this picture from the other side, and I remember practically laying down on the sidewalk to get this shot! 

There was a lot of work going on inside, but the organ was really beautiful, as was the art. Too bad the cameras back then couldn't pick that up. I remember this organ being shiny, gilded, large, and beautiful. 

We spent some time in Innsbruck, which was famous for it's Goldenes Dachl, or Golden Roof. It was completed in 1500 to commemorate Emperor Maximilian I's wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza, and contains 2,738 fire-gilded copper tiles. So, it's not really gold. But it's still very beautiful! The Emperor and his wife actually used this balcony to observe festivals, tournaments, and other events that took place in the square below.

There was an artist nearby, and I purchased an ink piece from him that featured the Goldenes Dachl, made with gold leaf. It's really pretty, and I know It's around somewhere...I hope I find it!

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