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If it’s Friday, it is (thankfully, again!) otmar!
Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.
A few weeks back my job brought me to a meeting with the government of the city of Salzburg. The original City Hall in the old town is far too small for the current requirements, thus the Major and a good part of the local administration and even the elected representatives moved into Schloss Mirabell shortly after WW2.
After the meeting our hosts gave us a quick tour of the building.
(see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirabell_Palace or https://www.salzburg.info/en/sights/top10/mirabell-palace-gardens)
Regrettably, the fire from 1818 destroyed the majority of the baroque decoration. As Salzburg just had lost its independence, there was no motivation to rebuild the palace in its old splendor. Thus only a few elements are really remarkable.
One of those is the marble staircase, the “Angel Staircase”.
There are marble cherubs decorating the staircase.
This hall is mainly used for weddings. For whatever reason it has become really popular for foreigners as well: at high season the weddings are done organized close to the assembly line prinicple.
See also https://www.salzburg.info/en/salzburg/weddings .
At the end of the tour we were shown the room where the city council (der Stadtsenat) meets. This body comprises the top 12 elected politicians and acts as the core governance body of the city.
The stove in the corner shows the Salzburg coat of arms, the castle with towers and the gate.
Looking out of the windows of the senate room, you can see the baroque gardens, the cathedral and the castle “Hohensalzburg”.
On the left side, the Kapuzinerberg is visible with its monastery in yellow.
This is very close to the most common postcard view of Salzburg.
Thank you so much otmar, do send us more when you can.
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