The Arsenal, Vienna V

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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The Arsenal is a former military complex of buildings in the south-east of Vienna, Austria, in the third district.

Several brick buildings in a rectangle layout make up the complex which is located on a bank south of the Landstraßer Gürtel. It is the most distinguished building group of the romantic historism in Vienna and has been constructed in italian-medieval respectively byzantine-islamic style. Essentially the complex is still preserved in its original form, merely a few workshap buildings within the courtyard were replaced.

The complex was build on the occasion of the march revolution 1848 between 1848 and 1856 and was the first of three buildings which replaced the old city fortification. The area was split into sectors to cover with buildings by the architects Carl Rösner, Antonius Pius de Riegel, August Sicard von Sicardsburg, Eduard van der Nüll, Theophil von Hansen and Ludwig Förster. Master builder was Leopold Mayr. The Heeresgeschichtliche Museum took until 1891 to finish. In the aftermath there were multiple expansions. During first world war the complex served as barracks and armory.

In 1945 the Arsenal was heavily damaged by bombing, however after the war most it was rebuilt into its original form.

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