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Miami-Dade County, Florida
December 27, 2011
From journal Adventure in Austria
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
April 9, 2011
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
May 31, 2004
We knew that it would be an interesting visit when we saw peacocks peering inside the glass doors at the entrance. I wasn’t sure if they were goodwill ambassadors reassuring people that the 8 euro admission price was worth it or if they just wanted to check out the gift shop souvenirs.
After presenting our Innsbruck card we made our way to the Armouries where suits of armour were displayed in two large rooms. Among the highlights was a rare page’s costume from 1555 and child sized armour that had been made for Ferdinand’s sons.
Next came my favourite area of the castle, the Kunst und Wunderkammer museum where many of Ferdinand’s collection of novel, bizarre and
awesome curiosities were housed. Some of the memorable pieces included an exquisitely
detailed ivory and wood writing desk from 1592, a jewelry box made from alabaster,
wood, marble and bronze, a wide selection of clocks, giant playing cards with monkey
characters from the late 1500s, a stuffed shark carcass, busts of Roman emperors, coins
from the 15th and 16th century and many displays of coral.
From the museum we
headed to The Spanish Hall, which was built between 1569 -72. The interior is
covered with 27 full length portraits of Tyrol rulers and the smaller Emperor’s Room
featured another ten portraits. Behind the Hall was a small garden constructed to resemble a 15th century medicinal garden with such herbs as hyssop to calm coughs,
parsley to help with stomach problems and sage to reduce inflammation.
Portrait Gallery was on the other side of the inner courtyard which was painted with
the grisaille technique. This uses designs painted in shades of grey to create a 3D effect. The Gallery was spread among three floors and featured portraits of the Hapsburgs and their spouses by artists such as Rubens and Velazquez. The Chapel, consecrated in 1330, was also located here but wasn’t open to visitors due to ongoing excavations.
Ambras is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. It is set amidst 20 hectares of parkland with walking trails, an artificial 16th century waterfall and little ponds filled with very tame ducks. The
grounds are open free of charge and would make a nice place for a picnic on a sunny day - just make sure you bring a little extra food for the ducks or peacocks who might decide to join you.
From journal Exploring Innsbruck