29 May 08
Before I continue with the Schloss Belvedere series, I would interrupt it for a few photos of the Hermesvilla. A villa constructed as a gift of Kaiser (Emperor) Franz Joseph for his empress, Elisabeth, in the year 1886. It was built ala country manor-house style. The interior has been decorated by Hans Makart, said to have been an important influence to fellow artist, Gustav Klimt.
The villa is situated at the heart of the Lainzer Tiergarten (zoo), a 15 minute walk from the entrance. Today, the villa has been rebuilt as a museum, housing memorabilias of Empress Elizabeth.