Karlsplatz Metro Station – Otto Wagner – 1899
The Karlsplatz Metro Station was without a doubt the highlight of my trip to Vienna. This pavilion is an icon of Art Nouveau (or Jugendstil as it is known in Austria) and was very high up on my list of buildings to see.
The pavilion pictured above is one of two that stand opposite each other. Once ticket offices for the station below the identical pavilions are now used as a Wagner museum and a cafe, a very nice spot to sit and admire the building.
Burgtheatre – Gottfried Semper/Karlvon Hasenauer – 1888
The Burgtheatre is considered Austria’s national theatre, which even from this bad photo looks absolutely stunning.
Unfortunately with so much to see in Vienna I did not plan to visit the theatre this time but I did manage to walk past it whilst lost one evening. I will definitely make this building a priority for my next visit to Vienna.
Kandalama Hotel – Geoffrey Bawa – 1994
Resting neatly in the hillside of Kandalama this unique hotel really does look as if part of the landscape and offers great views of its surrounding area.
I had almost given up hope of seeing this building but luckily for me out tour guide was able to arrange a taxi to take me there whilst the group that I was travelling with were visiting another attraction.
Temple of the Tooth – 1747-81
The temple of the tooth is a vast temple with many surrounding buildings and areas. The temple is home to the sacred tooth relic. According to legend the tooth relic is the ashes of one of the teeth of Buddha. The relic is closely guarded and can only be viewed by the public at certain times. The temple itself is a very religious building and it is a place for worshippers to come and leave their offerings to Buddha.
Whilst there I were lucky enough to see the tooth relic itself but was unable to take photos of it.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral – Frederick Gibbard – 1967
The metropolitan cathedral is the largest catholic cathedral in England. One of the highlights of the cathedral is the guided tour of the crypt but unfortunately I did not get a chance to see this. The crypt was the first part of the building to be completed before funding ran out. A number of different designs for the cathedral were considered before the final building was completed in 1967.
St George’s Hall – Henry Lonsdale Elmes/Charles Cockerell 1841-1854
Arriving in Liverpool St George’s Hall is one of the first things you notice. Situated opposite the train station this building provides a wonderful first impression of Liverpool. I remember being wowed by it as soon as I saw it.
St George’s Hall is unusual as it’s beautiful grand rooms (entertainment and exhibition spaces) are housed in the same building as the old courthouse and jail holding cells. Merging the two very different types of building together was done to keep costs down. This compromise was made so that the detailing of the grander parts of the building did not have to be compromised.
On a guided tour you can learn all about the fascinating history of St George’s Hall. A must do in my opinion.