Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Salzburg, Österreich

This post is pictures of the city itself, and of the Salzburg Cathedral, museum and Residenz that I went to (though most pictures including the famous fortress will be in a later post).  Again, I can't even begin to express my deep and abiding love for this city.  There is too much to say, and too many pictures to post.  Stay with me...  The history is quite interesting.  For a very long time it was controlled by an Archbishop instead of a king, but the Archbishop had the authority just as a king would have.  So religion is so intertwined in the city's history that you can't separate the two.  My great-grandfather was Catholic, so it was really neat to see the churches that he might have attended.  The Residenz is where the Archbishops lived, at least when the city was peaceful enough that they didn't need to retreat to the fortress.

The first place I went after landing in Salzburg was church, it being Sunday morning and all.  The people at church were so friendly, and were so excited to here that my great-grandfather came from Salzburg.  I was even told that Gruber (my mother's maiden name) is a very Austrian name.




Residenz--in the third and fourth pictures are rooms where the child Mozart performed some of his first concerts in front of the Archbishop of the time.  Further down is a red throne room, where the Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph, once sat on a visit to the city.


This guy's last name was Sperl, which is also a family name....relative?

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