The Art Museum and the Naschmarkt

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A sarcophagus

The next day we visited the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The building is just as big as his neighbor, the Naturhistorisches Museum, and the same in style. Both were build in the time of Franz Joseph, and originally meant to be used as museums too.

The first thing we saw where two sphinxes on the side of the stairs, and the room after that was filled with ancient Egypt. Well actually a few rooms. The first thing we saw where mummies. There were also sarcophagi and coffins displayed. Besides human mummies, there were animalmummies too. We saw a few Nile crocodiles mummified. Pieces of burial treasures were displayed with the mummies, like jewelry, signet rings and mummy masks. Even an ancient Egyptian make-up set. Big statues of important persons and faraos, stelae with hieroglyphs, reliefs, and small animal statues were displayed as well.

wall paintings
Last there was a room dedicated to writing and the early Eastern civilizations, you could see the ancient hieroglyphs, as well as bits of ancient cuneiform writings (spijkerschrift).

From the ancient Egyptians we moved on to the Roman and Greek culture. First the earlier years, with Archaic and Mycenaean statues of stone, which reminded me of the art classes at highschool...then the Roman and Greek statues of stone or marble, displaying gods, emperors, creatures like a centaur or a tigress protecting her cubs. One room was entirely filled with portraits, stone heads from emperors, important people, and some which were called head of ordinary woman or man. There were also the reliefs, bronze statues of the later era, and a lot of ceramic and stone vases, pots, bowls and that sort of thing.

A lot of jewelry, mainly gold, or with stones, and many rings or stamps made a big part of the collection as well.


The other part of the museum was only paintings. The biggest part was 15th to 17th century, from various artists. There were a lot of religious paintings. Artists vary from unknown painters from the Italian baroque and German Renaissance painters to Velásquez, Tintoretto, Titian and Caravaggio. It was very nice to see they have an entire Flamish section with paintings from Pieter Breugel, Rubens, Vermeer, Rembrandt and van Dyck as well.

So after the huge culture absorption we went to the famous Naschmarkt. It was something we definitely had to see...or that's what's been told to us. So we took the subway which has a station directly opposite of the Naschmarkt.

The Naschmarkt
It was indeed a very nice place to be. There were all these little stalls with meats, seafood, exotic spices, specialty vinegars baked goods and produce, between shops that sold silverware, china, clothes, flowers or anything you could imagine. And then there were the small restaurants in between too. People watching is a great way if spending time there. We visited on  Wednesday so we didn't see the huge flea market, but the better part was that it wasn't overly crowded either. The food is really nice, and if you like olives (which i don't, but others did) there are many varieties to try. Yes, try, because if you're just looking to buy something, they try to stuff you with foods to make you buy something extra (and rip you off of course, but that's part of being a tourist i guess....). The baklava is really good by the way, just watch out for wasps buzzing around the stall, because in some places they're actually on the foods....But in the middle there is a really good stand. And not too expensive either.

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A sarcophagus
A sarcophagus
wall paintings
wall paintings
The Naschmarkt
The Naschmarkt
The little vases
The little vases
One of the many steles
One of the many steles
Jewelry, rings and signet rings
Jewelry, rings and signet rings
A beautiful mosaic.
A beautiful mosaic.
A Roman helmet
A Roman helmet
Greek vases
Greek vases
Nike
Nike
Theseus killing a centaur
Theseus killing a centaur
The ceilings were beautiful too
The ceilings were beautiful too
One of many rooms
One of many rooms
Vienna
photo by: EmyG