The Art Museum and the Naschmarkt
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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.
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.
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.