UNESCO World Heritage Site #131: Historic Center of Vienna

Posted: May 11, 2011    Categories: Daily Photo

UNESCO World Heritage Site #131: The Historic Center of Vienna

UNESCO World Heritage Site #131: The Historic Center of Vienna

From the World Heritage inscription:

Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

While not the most exciting city in Europe, I think Vienna deserves inscription as a World Heritage site. Surprisingly, it wasn’t included on the list until 2001, well after most of the major European capitol cities were included. The photo above is of St. Stephens Cathedral, which is the historic center of the city.

View the complete list of UNESCO World Heritage sites I have visited.

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