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Size: 3" x 5"
Copyrighted: 1891
Lithographer: Joseph P. Knapp

Vienna, Austria - Opera House; Church of St. Stephen; The Prater
Illustrations: Vienna Coachman; Opera House; Lady's Maid; Church of St. Stephen; The Prater; View of Vienna

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This city of ancient origin and the scene of many interesting historical events, is located on the level of the Danube, about 550 feet above the sea level. The city is of nearly circular form, 12 miles in circumference, but the old city, or city proper, has a circuit of only about 3 miles. It was formerly enclosed by fortifications; just outside of them a wide esplanade called the Glacis, recently built into one of the finest streets in the world, now bearing the name of Ringstrasse. The suburbs of the city are about 15 miles in circuit. The Prater, formerly a deer park, is now the favorite promenade of the people. It comprises 2,000 acres of woods and park on the east side of the city.
In point of fine buildings Vienna stands abreast of any other European city. With the exception of London, it is said the citizens of Vienna are the richest in Europe, and no other city has so large a number of resident nobility.
The vault of the Church of the Capuchins, the burial place of royalty, is especially interesting as containing the remains of the first Napoleon's only son.
The Imperial Palace is a confused mass of buildings occupying a large area in which is the Imperial Riding School, Library, Jewel Office, and a Museum of Antiquities. The Imperial Library contains nearly 350,000 volumes and 20,000 manuscripts. Among the latter are the MS. of Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, and two copies from the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries of Dante's Divina Comedia. The Imperial Jewel Office contains articles and relics of fabulous value. The Cabinet of Antiquities has among its treasures the finest cameo in the world, about twenty-six inches in circumference, and representing the Apotheosis of Augustus.
The Viennese are gay, fond of society and pleasure, and morbidly sensitive as to musical fame.
The Cathedral of St. Stephen is the most important in Vienna, dating back to the twelfth century.
Population 1889, 1,350,000.