With its famous graphic collection, the Albertina is considered one of the most important museums in the world. Here, one can find Dürer’s “The Field Hare” and Klimt’s studies of women. Once the largest Habsburg living quarters, the Albertina sits majestically on the south end of the Imperial Palace on one of the last remaining bastions of Vienna.
The origins of the site on which the Albertina is situated today reach much further back into the past than the collection itself. Its foundation is Roman – 130 graves from the 2nd and 3rd Century AD were uncovered during the construction of the underground exhibition hall, the vault and the study building. The city wall was built after the first Turkish siege of 1529; the old bastions were elevated and broadened: Today the Albertina palace which was built on this site towers 12 metres above the city level.
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