12 February 08
It was a nice day then and I went out with the kids to go ice skating. It was also a great opportunity as we were able to pass by this building for some photos.
The Austrian Parliament building was designed by Roman and Greek historians and scholars, adorned obviously by greek artistry. There were many proposals to its design but the Imperial Commission chose Theophil von Hansen's plan.
In front of the building is one of the biggest and most famous sculpture of Pallas Athena (Greek goddess of wisdom). During the Austro-Hungarian empire, politics was in chaos that the locals would joke that the sculpture of Athena turned her back against the people inside the building out of frustration.
A significant part of the artworks in the building has been damaged during World War II and has been recently undergoing restoration.