Palais Equitable, Vienna

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  • In general, in Vienna there are many beautiful houses (palaces) with fancy bas-reliefs, but this is special. On a corner in a glass flask the trunk of FIR is kept, abundantly truncated by hammered nails. This spruce grew approximately between 1400-1440 years, and in it then already hammered nails on luck. This spruce in Vienna is the oldest surviving and one of the symbols of the city.
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  • Elegant building a few steps from the cathedral, if you find the door open admire the interior. Interesting is the shrine on the corner, which contains a "stock in Eisem", a stick covered with nails with magic functions.
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  • One of the more striking buildings at Stephensplatz is the Palais Equitable building which was designed and constructed by Andreas Steit (1887-1891) for The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. You will quickly be taken by the decadent facade, general ornamentation and striking features of the building. Do spend a few minutes to enjoy the detailed building entrance which was created by Austrian sculptor Rudolf Weyr. Here you find two bronze female figures franking the entrance as well as an American eagle and small trio of figures above the door. The entrance is very impressive to view and take pictures. There are a variety of statue figures you will spot as part of the upper floors. At the very top, is an attractive bronze roof with a figure of a Viking ship and two more American eagles. The Viking ship symbolising the journey over from New York City and the American eagles being a symbol of American patriotism. Note: To see the Viking Ship properly, you need to walk back around 50-60 meters or so until it appears within your line of sight. It remains obscured when you are up close to the building. Do also take note of the historically interesting Stock im Eisen (Nail Tree) is encased at the corner of the building. This dates back from medieval times and has an interesting bit of history that is well worth reading up on prior to seeing the dead tree with many hundreds of embedded iron nails.
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