Austria's Cultural Sites

WatchMojo.com lists Austria's finest cultural sites should you be in the mood to visit some of the world's nicest museums or churches.
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The Museum quarter is the seventh district of the city of Vienna, Austria; it is the eighth largest cultural area in the world. The Museum quarter contains Baroque buildings as well as Modern architecture. The MQ is home to a range of installations from large art museums like the Leopold Museum to contemporary exhibition spaces like the Kunsthalle Wien.

The archaeological museum Carnuntinum lies in the present village Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, almost on the bank of the Danube river. The most important excavations from the ancient city can be seen here. Carnuntum was an important Roman army camp in what is now Austria. It belonged originally to Noricum province, but after the 1st century was part of Pannonia. Its remains are on the main road halfway between Vienna and Bratislava, on the "Archaeological Park Carnuntum" in Lower Austria, extending over the area of today's villages Petronell-Carnuntum and Bad Deutsch-Altenburg.

The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstraße, crowned with an octagonal dome, is one of the premier museums of fine arts and decorative arts in the world. The term Kunsthistorisches Museum applies to both the institution and the main building.

The Vienna Secession was part of the highly varied Secessionist movement that is now covered by the general term Art Nouveau. The first president of the Secession was Gustav Klimt. Unlike other movements, there is no one style that unites the work of all artists who were part of the Vienna Secession. The Secession building could be considered the icon of the movement. Above its entrance was carved the phrase "to every age its art and to art its freedom." Secessionist architects often decorated the surface of their buildings with linear ornamentation in a form commonly called whiplash or eel style.

St. Paul's Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in the village of Sankt Paul im Lavanttal in the Austrian state of Carinthia. The abbey possesses one of the largest collections of art in Europe, including graphics, coins, sacred art, and paintings, as well as an extensive and important library of over 180,000 books and manuscripts from between the 5th and 18th centuries.

Melk Abbey is an historic Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube in the federal state of Lower Austria, adjoining the Wachau valley. It has the rare distinction of surviving as an active Benedictine monastery continuously since its foundation. Today's impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736. Particularly noteworthy is the abbey church with frescoes and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts.

The Golden Roof is a landmark in Innsbruck, Austria built in 1500. It was decorated with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles for Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor. The reliefs on the balcony show coats of arms, symbols and other figures in his life. The emperor and others used the balcony to watch events in the square below.
Salzburg is most certainly a city of music. It was the home and birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the memorial to him at the Salzburg Mozart Square honors the city's most famous son.
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