La Austrian National Library en Vienna It has some 7.4 million objects in its collection. It is located in the Hofburg palace and it is considered one of the masterpieces of the secular baroque. The library's collections include papyri, manuscripts, old books, maps, globes, photographs, and works written in Esperanto.

It was originally built by the efforts of Emperor Charles VI as part of the library of the royal court. Its construction began in 1723 and finished in 1726. The library extends to the court of the Hofburg Palace and the Church of San Agustín, the three form the Plaza de José (josephplatz).

Inside highlights the State Hall. It is divided into the "war" wing and the "peace" wing. The first has frescoes with themes related to the war; and the second, frescoes with allegories to heaven and peace. The 30-meter high dome has a fresco that presents the apotheosis of Charles VI in reference to the construction of the Library. In there are also the statues of the emperors and table baroque globes. In total, the room has 200 thousand books.

Among the most important collections is the collection of books by Prince Eugene of Savoy, whose 15 thousand volumes cover the literature of France and Italy of the time. The manuscripts of the Library They come from the XNUMXth century. The most notable collection is that of the Dioscorides manuscripts, which have a graphic record of the species of fauna and flora. It has been recognized by the UNESCO for its universal value. Similarly, it also has a collection of 180 thousand papyri from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth century BC. It is the largest in the world.

The entrance to the Library is free, but to enter the State Hall and the exhibits (papyri, baroque balloons, etc.) are paid. The best thing is to buy the special ticket that allows you to enter all the attractions and is valid for 7 days. Adults pay 12 euros; seniors and students, 4,50 euros.

There are several options to get to the Library. You can take the U2 line of the Vienna metro (U-Bahn), The Bus 3A and 48A or trams 1, 2, D, J, 46 and 49.

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