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Notes on the Geography of Austria : Vienna: Photo 18

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A minute's walk to the east and you're in the Josephsplatz, with an equestrian figure of Joseph II, son of Maria Theresa. In the background is the Austrian National Library, formerly the Hofbibliothek, designed by Fischer von Erlach and completed in 1726 with an image of Minerva riding in her chariot, a quadriga. To the sides are two golden globes, one representing the celestial and the other the terrestrial. Atlas and Gaea support them. It's not a bad juxtaposition, since Joseph tried to be an enlightened monarch.

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