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Residenz Platz, Salzburg, Austria, 2011[open in full screen]  

 
 

This platz [square] together with connected Alte Residenzplatz and Neu Residenz platz are taking central position in the Salzburg historic centre. It was created in 1587 by archbishop Raitenau who also ordered the construction of nearby monastery of the Salzburg Cathedral. At that time lot of private houses were demolished to make space to this waste space. There was even the cemetery [recently discovered] under the square last used in the 16th century.

In the middle of the square there is a largest baroque fountain. This marble fountain was designed by Tomaso di Garona in 1661.

  Overlooking the Residenzplatz is famous "white" Hohensalzburg Castle sitting on the top of the hill since 1077. I was always under impression that this was the origin of the name Salzburg [salt + castle] or white castle but it is not founded on any fact known to me!?

This in Salzburg's largest square. It is accommodating hordes of tourists on their way to the castle, groups of performers trying to make their living, but also two quite unusual peaces of public art.

First is small sculpture by Anna Chromy named coat of peace. I honestly don't understand how this scary art piece is representing a peace!?

  The other one is large golden sphaera by Stephan Balkenhol. This modern art somehow, in my opinion, doesn't fit this space. It is about nine meters in height, including the pedestal. On the top standing in a relaxed pose is a man wearing black trousers, white shirt, neutral attitude and expression – this man might be an "everyman".

On the map right squares in our collection are marked [links to individual ones are active]. Do not miss the next one – Domplatz, interconnected to this space more then just historically.

Next Dom Platz, Salzburg

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