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Archive: Nov 2018

Vlad Dracul

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Count Dracula (made famous also by subsequent movie adaptations) fired so strongly people’s imagination that for many it is difficult now to separate him from Vlad Dracul, the ruler of Wallachia –  a small province in what is now Romania – who was used by Bram Stoker as a light source of inspiration (he borrowed…

The Brick-5

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The Brick-5 is known as an urban space with a cool café and hip events – what not many people know is that the space has a long history of almost 150 years as a Jewish community building. The project Herklotzgasse 21 made the mostly unknown history of the building and its people visible. The house…

Vienna’s Silent Jewel: The Breitenseer Lichtspiele

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For cinephiles and lovers of tradition, Vienna has lots to offer — but one of its most underrated cinematic jewels has to be the Breitenseer Lichtspiele. Billed as the world’s oldest continuously operated movie theater, this place has remained delightfully stuck in the past with a regular program of silent films that take the audience…

The story of the Handelsakademie

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Have you ever wondered which building was the first one ever built after the removal of Vienna’s city walls? In case you did, it was the Treumanntheater that was located in the area of the Donaukanal. Karl Treumann got a permit to build a provisional theater made of wood, which opened its doors in November…

Winter time in the Albertina

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When your SV explorer went to visit Albertina a couple of days ago, he expected to have a relaxing, quiet museum visit with no major surprises. But the surprises starting popping up from the first room. The ground floor hosts the exhibition of Niko Pirosmani. Born in Georgia in 1862 (part of Russian Empire at…

Financing the livestock market

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Some weeks ago we told you about the animal market at St. Marx. Such a large market naturally also meant that quite large sums of money regularly changed hands as animals were bought and sold – which required the establishment of financial institutions in order to be able to handle these transactions. If you walk…

Café Weidinger

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There are dozens of classic coffee houses in Vienna, which are worth a visit. Probably, the most shabby, but at the same time the most charming among them, is for sure the Café Weidinger that is hidden at the corner Lerchenfelder Gürtel and Gablenzgasse right in front of the shopping mall Lugner City. When entering, visitors…

Nike at the Austrian Parliament

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Built in 1874-1883 by the architect Teophil Hansen, the Austrian parliament is being refurbished and this project is expected to last until 2021. During this process, among many other activities, the figures and monuments decorating the building will be also renovated. A very visible figure decorating the parliament is that of a lady in a…

The Houses of “Generali”

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It is likely that many people have heard about the Italian insurance company Generali. The company was established in Trieste in 1831 as “Assicurazioni Generali Austro-Italiche”. As the name suggests, the company had a connection to the Habsburg empire as, for example, it used the symbol of the double-headed eagle on its official documents for…

The Mismatched Harmony of the Minoritenkirche

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If you look up while walking the streets of Vienna, there are many wonders and oddities to discover. On nearly every facade and rooftop in the first district you may find some architectural flourishes or structural idiosyncrasies. Among the more noticeable of these is the Minoritenkirche in the 1st district. It doesn’t take a architect…