There are places that you may dream to visit one day. That happens to me almost every day, when I open the newspaper and read the Politics and there is the Austrian President´s office with its red walls and the omnipresent painting of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa.
The Präsidentschaftskanzlei (the German name) is situated in the historical building of the Hofburg Palace. A place where history has happened since the very first foundation stone was laid centuries ago. Once the emperor’s residence, now the president’s office.
While being there, I was imaging Maria Theresa looking contemplatively through the window (it was actually her apartment). She was an outstanding figure in an era where it was nothing but rare for a woman to be front of state affairs. She is remembered as a great reformer. Reforms that she performed during her 40 year reign and still remain. Not surprisingly she is still vividly present after 300 years of her birthday.
I can say that being there was a dream coming true not only because of the place itself but also because there was the President of Austria welcoming us. There, were the Press Photographers take those photos that I see every day in the newspaper since I have been living in Austria.
Please see the images below. I hope you can feel at least a little of the magnificence of this exquisite baroque place situated in Vienna.