My German teacher arranged for us to tour the Austrian Parliament last week. It was reasonably interesting and not so very Baroque for a change. The building was constructed in the 1870s under the Emperor Franz Josef, who was reluctantly giving up some of his monarchical privilege at the time. So, it’s got that Hapsburg over-the-top thing going on, but in fact, old FJ never did personally enter the building to address the parliamentarians. It was their job to come to him, you see.
The building was used by the Nazis from 1938 to 1945, and consequently half-destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945. A new Austrian republic was declared on the spot after the war, and most of the building was painstakingly reconstructed. Because of all that history (and more) it may not be the most significant sight for foreign tourists, but it is very important to Austrians.
I wasn’t going to post the photos because frankly, gilt and fancy statues are a dime-a-dozen here. But they actually turned out pretty well, so why not. Enjoy!