Sunny, Happy, Sunday in Innsbruck

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Looking out over Innsbruck from Stadtturm (City Tower)

Since I was up much later than I intended I slept in a little this morning.  It a comfortable bed and I was happy to stay in it.  Around the curtains I could see that it was another sunny spring day outside.  I got up and looked out the window.  What a view!  In every direction I could see the glorious Alps towering over the town.

 

After packing the few things I needed to, I showered and headed down to breakfast.  The hotel is very rustic in it’s decor which adds charm.  There was a nice selection of cereals, cheeses, bread and sweets (including strudel which I passed on), meats, and yogurts.  They also had boiled eggs, sort of.  Next to this large basket of eggs was what looked like a deep fryer with boiling water.

House on the Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse
  There was also a bowl full of ice water.  I considered that I might have to boil the egg myself and the decided against it.  Luckily when I took my egg back to my table I preceded with caution.  Good thing I did.  It was still raw.  I went back over to the boiling water and noticed these little devices hooked over the sided of the device.  They were to hold the eggs and submerge them.  Man, am I ever quick.  I put a couple of eggs in and worked on the rest of my breakfast.

 

After breakfast I headed out to explore the city. It was a little after 9:00.  From my window I had noticed people heading to church with their Palmbruschen.  The wonderful thing about being out early on weekend mornings is there are so few people.  I was able to wonder around and gawk as much as I wanted.

Detailed relief below window
  I was able to stand in the middle the street to get the photos I wanted.  I was in heaven.  Normally by this point I would have been hit by a car.

 

I worked my way down Herzog-Friedrich Strasse to the Maria Teresien Strasse.  I had noticed a wonderful fresco on a church on the way in from the train station.  When I found it again I realized how beautiful the entrance to the church is.  It was the Spitalkirche.  I passed St Anne’s Column and headed on to Triumphal Arch (Triumphpforte).  Next to it on the corner of Maximilian and Leopold Strasse was a fabulous building the colors were very vibrant and the design striking.  It had a combination of fresco, painted relieves, and mosaics. 

 

At this point I spotted the Bergisel Stadion in the distance.

Detailed relief above window
  It is Innsburck’s sky jump.  A jump was originally erected there in 1925 and subsequently renovated for the 1964 and 1976 Olympic games.  The totally new structure was built on the plans of Zaha Hadid (London architect).  I tried to get a good shot, but it was a good distance away.  That made it challenging.  Also there are wires EVERYWHERE.  You can see them in many of the pictures.  I would not be stopped though, it was early and I was determined.  I began to walk; it could take that long to get somewhere for a clearer shot.  I passed through some of the newer part of town.  It is still very nice.  I was able to get a better perspective of the Alps also as I moved further form the base of the range where the Innenstad in located.  Man are they big and beautiful.  I might even venture into bodacious.

 

On the way I passed different shops (it is a fact every city has sex shops).

Going to church with the Palmbuschen - some people added pretzels to theirs
  At one point and older woman stopped me.  She seemed to want something and kept asking in German.  I think she was asking for money as she saw my camera and map out.  She was fairly pleasant about it an moved on when I couldn’t understand.  Passing the bell museum I was very bummed that it was closed.  They had a garden with some bells in it that were wicked cool.  Oh well maybe next time when Brian is with me. 

 

I finally found a good spot.  When I was climbing up on a bridge railing to get the shot I noticed something that surprised me, a lizard.  I am far from a big fan of retiles. Snakes scare me to death.  Snakes on a Plane is my ultimate nightmare movie.  I swear I would be ripping the door open and jumping while screaming like a little girl.  But at that particular moment I was fascinated, besides there was a distance between us.

Colorful sign
  He might be fast them me, but I have longer legs.  He was sunning himself of a stump.   I am sure he was thawing out like the rest of Austrian do in spring. 

 

Mission accomplished a noticed a large church.  I snapped a couple of pictures and decided I need to know the name.  The church was big, but not that impressive the outside.  To get the name I had to walk over the entrance.  On the back I found a glittering mosaic of the Virgin and child.  This made me feel better about walking over.  The cemetery next to the church was also interesting.  When I got the front I found out this is actually a basilica and owe what a basilica.  It is Wilten Bascilica, the most important rococo church in Tyrol.

Painted relief for a Wein Haus (Wine House)
  I was built in 1755 by Franz de Paula Penz.  When I walked in I was immediately impressed.  There is nothing subtle about this place.  It is over the top spectacular.  The high alter is very gold embellished, but the real treasures are the frescoed ceilings by Matthaus Gunther  Realizing the extra steps were worth it I was happy.

 

That done it was time to head back into the Innenstad.  I realized I still had the postcards (written, addressed, and stamped) in my pocket.  The map the city provides shows post boxes so I was good.  I found one on the way back and completed that task.  Then I headed over to Rudolph’s Fountain. It was built in 1877 for the 500th anniversary of the Tyrol’s membership of the Austrian Federation and in memory of the province’s  transfer to the Habsburg Rudolph IV.

Relief of men making wine
  It is an interesting fountain with winged sea creatures around the base.  They look like the creature in The Waterhorse with wings.  I decided to sit and relax for a few minutes.  There was an old guy doing the same and having a snack while another man was stretched out napping.  Sitting there it struck me that I wanted a picture with the sea monster.  After several attempts and running back and forth I got one I was satisfied with.  I reviewed the map and made a short hit list of things to see.  Next on the list was the Old University Jesuit Church.

 

I found it and got the exterior shots.  As I was going in I had to stop.  It was Sunday and there was a service, OOPS!  Not deterred, I headed to the next destination.

Ship setting sail on a sign
  I figured if I had time I woud come back.  Honestly how many churches can you see in day?  So it was on to the City Tower.  I didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out to be a good thing.  You climb 148 steps to a platform 31 meters above the town.  It is a breath taking view.  Even with a slight haze and clouds on the mountaintops I was thrilled.  The wire mesh they have around it is wide enough to get a camera through to get better shots, just hold on tight.

 

By this time I was getting hungry as it was after 12:00.  I decided to try one of the ventors at the Easter Market in the square.  I had a schnitzel burger and fried potatoes with sour cream.  My eyes were bigger than my stomach, but it was good.

Intricate relief below a window
  It hit the spot and was fast and easy.

 

Now I had to head over to St James' Cathedral (the Innsbruck Dom St Jakob).  The cathedral was originally built in the gothic style.  From 1717 – 24 it was converted to baroque by J.J. Herkommer.  The ceiling frescos and stuccos are by the Asam brothers.  During World War II it was severely damaged.  In the 1950’s it was rebuilt.  At that time the statues for the niches and the one on top of the building were acquired by the church.

 

The vault paintings depict the life of St James (St Jakob).  It is regarded as the most magnificent Baroque building in North Tyrol.

 

That done, I checked the time and decided I could do another church today so it was back to the Jesuit Church.

Fresco of the Virgin and child above a window
  It is in the understated style with the Dom in Salzburg.  There was one chapel dedicated to St Francis Xavier “Lightbringer of the far East”.  I was intrigued by the statues.  One was one was Christ with a lamb on his shoulders.  I assume the other is St Francis.  He has a small boy on his back.  The interesting thing is the boy is noticeable ethnic.  I finished up in the church and headed out.  Looking at the time I didn’t have enough to see the Golden Roof Museum.  I opted to walk through Hofgarten (Imperial Garden).  Maria Teresa had the garden restyled from the original design to a baroque.  Int the first half of the 19th century it was converted to a landscape garden.
Heavily frescoed building
  There are supposed to be wild parrots, but I didn’t see any.  I did see lots of Austrians out enjoying the amazing spring weather.  Young, old, whatever, they were out.  It was a great end to the time in Innsbruck.

 

I headed back to the hotel to claim my bags and catch the bus to the airport.  Luckily all went smooth and I made to Vienna to layover for Poland.  This in between time is great for writing.  I love my laptop!!!  Tomorrow is back to work and hopefully a couple of evening trips into Warsaw.
KeikoCreative says:
So u end up have to cook the egg:P I don't think I encounter that before, most hotels serves scramble egg:P Congratulations on your featured!
Posted on: Apr 07, 2009
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House on the Herzog-Friedrich-Stra…
House on the Herzog-Friedrich-Str…
Detailed relief below window
Detailed relief below window
Detailed relief above window
Detailed relief above window
Going to church with the Palmbusch…
Going to church with the Palmbusc…
Colorful sign
Colorful sign
Painted relief for a Wein Haus (Wi…
Painted relief for a Wein Haus (W…
Relief of men making wine
Relief of men making wine
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Ship setting sail on a sign
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Intricate relief below a window
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Fresco of the Virgin and child ab…
Heavily frescoed building
Heavily frescoed building
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Just hanging out on the corner
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Grand corner windows of the Katzu…
Frescoed Wien Haus (Wine House)
Frescoed Wien Haus (Wine House)
She looks scarier than him
She looks scarier than him
A range of economic levels
A range of economic levels
Fountain at the Golden Roof
Fountain at the Golden Roof
Presenting the Golden Roof
Presenting the Golden Roof
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Fountain atTrautsonhaus - Very po…
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Spitalskirche on Maria Teresien S…
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Spire of the Spitalskirche
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St Anne's Column was erected to c…
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Statue of Maria Immaculata
St. Anne (the mother of Mary)
St. Anne (the mother of Mary)
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St. Anne (the mother of Mary) - d…
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St. George (patron saint of Tyrol…
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22Maria Teresien Strasse
Wires, wires everywhere
Wires, wires everywhere
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Corner of Maria Teresien Strasse …
Glittering coat of arms
Glittering coat of arms
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Altes Landhaus at 43 Maria Teresi…
Doors to the Altes Landhaus
Doors to the Altes Landhaus
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Spitalkirche dates back to the ye…
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Entrance to Spitalkirche
Ceiling of entrance to Spitalkirche
Ceiling of entrance to Spitalkirche
Fab fresco on the Spitalkirche
Fab fresco on the Spitalkirche
Triumphpforte (Triumphal Arch)
Triumphpforte (Triumphal Arch)
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Top of Triumphpforte (Triumphal A…
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Building on the corner of Leopold…
Brilliantly painted reliefs
Brilliantly painted reliefs
Carved marble
Carved marble
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bears and monkeies, and birds, oh…
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Detailed window at 1 Maximilian S…
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Column topper at 1 Maximilian Str…
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The other column topper at at 1 M…
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Flower decorating the arches at 1…
Mary Janes with a twist
Mary Janes with a twist
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Mosaic on Building on the corner …
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Full side view of Building on the…
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Spire of Spitalkirke though the T…
Taking a rest for a minute
Taking a rest for a minute
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The Alps loom in the background e…
Building relief in New Town
Building relief in New Town
2 Liebenegg Strasse
2 Liebenegg Strasse
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Sundial on the back of 2 Liebeneg…
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They just have to smoke and this …
Bergisel Stadium
Bergisel Stadium
Unexpected Austrian
Unexpected Austrian
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Basilica Mariae Empfangnis in Wil…
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Mosaic on Basilica Mariae Empfang…
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Cemetary of Basilica Mariae Empfa…
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Entrance to Basilica Mariae Empfa…
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Coat of Arms at entrance to Basil…
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High alter of Basilica Mariae Emp…
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Interior of Basilica Mariae Empfa…
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Golden idol on the high alter
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Chior of Basilica Mariae Empfangn…
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Ceiling fresco in Basilica Mariae…
Ceiling fresco in Basilica Mariae …
Ceiling fresco in Basilica Mariae…
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Detail on arch in Basilica Mariae…
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Chapel in Basilica Mariae Empfang…
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Pulpit in Basilica Mariae Empfang…
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Top of pulpit in Basilica Mariae …
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Organ in Basilica Mariae Empfangn…
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Bells in the garden of the Bell M…
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Icon in the gardon of the Bell Mu…
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Garden of the Bell Museum
Pretty statue, but why a pelican
Pretty statue, but why a pelican
The mountains are so beautiful
The mountains are so beautiful
Trditional attire
Trditional attire
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Updated version of traditional at…
Rudolphs Fountain
Rudolph's Fountain
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Statue of Habsburg Rudolph IV the…
Statue around Rudolphs Fountain
Statue around Rudolph's Fountain
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Sea monster at base of Rudolph's …
Such a peaceful view
Such a peaceful view
A hard to get picture
A hard to get picture
Front of the Ferdinandeum
Front of the Ferdinandeum
Cute little bear sign
Cute little bear sign
Frontof the Hofburg
Frontof the Hofburg
Crest of the Hofburg
Crest of the Hofburg
3 Hofgrasse
3 Hofgrasse
Wonderful sign just dont stop
Wonderful sign just don't stop
Decorative plaque
Decorative plaque
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Stairwell of the Stadtturm (City …
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Looking out over Innsbruck from t…
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View of the Dom St Jakob (St Jame…
Me and Innsbruck
Me and Innsbruck
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Drain spout of the Stadtturm (Cit…
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Golden Roof from the Stadtturm (c…
Golden Roof from above
Golden Roof from above
Helblinghaus from the Stadtturm (C…
Helblinghaus from the Stadtturm (…
Over looking a church
Over looking a church
Magicical view of the Alps
Magicical view of the Alps
They really need a new ladder
They really need a new ladder
Austrian fast food - Schnitzel bur…
Austrian fast food - Schnitzel bu…
Old University - Jesuit Church
Old University - Jesuit Church
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Decorative window over doors of O…
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Crucifix in the entrance of Jesui…
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High alter of Jesuitenkirche (Old…
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Clock over the high alter of Jesu…
Baroque alter of 1757 in Jesuitenk…
Baroque alter of 1757 in Jesuiten…
Chapel of St Francis Xavier, Ligh…
Chapel of St Francis Xavier, "Lig…
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Statue of St Francis Xavier, "Lig…
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Painting in the Chapel of St Fran…
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Image of Our Lady of Foja, "Mothe…
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Angel on column in Jesuitenkirche…
Shrine of St Priminius
Shrine of St Priminius
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ERelics of St Pirminius in Shrine…
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Pietra in the crypts
Crucifix in the crypts
Crucifix in the crypts
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Entrance to Hungerburgbahn Statio…
Feldmarchall Erzhogzer Eugen
Feldmarchall Erzhogzer Eugen
Guardian Dragons
Guardian Dragons
Playgorund fit for a Queen or King
Playgorund fit for a Queen or King
Strolling through Hofgarten
Strolling through Hofgarten
Gnarly old tree in Hofgarten
Gnarly old tree in Hofgarten
Chess in the sun
Chess in the sun
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People soaking up the sun in Hofg…
Find the mountains
Find the mountains
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Spring flowers in bloom in Hofgar…
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New buds of life
Flowering bloom in the Hofgarten
Flowering bloom in the Hofgarten
Mosaic in Dom Platz
Mosaic in Dom Platz
Clock over Pfarrgasse 4
Clock over Pfarrgasse 4
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Just hold the stomach in for anot…
St James Cathedral (Dom St Jakob)
St James' Cathedral (Dom St Jakob)
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Statue of B Hartmann in niche on …
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Right front door of St James' Cat…
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Decorative grill
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Top panel on center front door of…
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Bottom panel on center door to St…
WOW, what a beautiful cathedral!
WOW, what a beautiful cathedral!
Candle for someone I love
Candle for someone I love
Richly decorate pulpit in St James…
Richly decorate pulpit in St Jame…
Front view of pulpit in St James …
Front view of pulpit in St James'…
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Angle supporting pulpit in St Jam…
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Cross and Easter candle ina chape…
Easter candle in St James Cathedr…
Easter candle in St James' Cathed…
Celing og the chapels in St James…
Celing og the chapels in St James…
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If you look very close you see ba…
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High alter in St James' Cathedral…
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Clock over high alter in St James…
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Tomb in St James' Cathedral (Dom …
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Inscriptions on tomb in St James'…
Ceiling fresco in St James Cathed…
Ceiling fresco in St James' Cathe…
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Corner medallion on front fresco …
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Corner medallion on front fresco …
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Corner medallion on front fresco …
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Corner medallion on front fresco …
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Center fresco in St James' Cathed…
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Corner medallion on central fresco…
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Corner medallion on central fresco…
Corner medallion on central fresc…
Corner medallion on central fresco…
Corner medallion on central fresc…
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Rear fresco in St James' Cathedra…
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Part of rear fresco in St James' …
Falling from grace
Falling from grace
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Corner medallion on rear fresco i…
Corner medallion on rear fresco in…
Corner medallion on rear fresco i…
Corner medallion on rear fresco in…
Corner medallion on rear fresco i…
Corner medallion on rear fresco in…
Corner medallion on rear fresco i…
Organ in St James Cathedral (Dom …
Organ in St James' Cathedral (Dom…
Sculpture by Krieg und Frieden
Sculpture by Krieg und Frieden
Looks like Eyor
Looks like Eyor
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Installation in fron to St James'…
Me at St James Cathedral (Dom St …
Me at St James' Cathedral (Dom St…
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