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Vienna

The dream of permanence

Although periphery of Vienna is quite regular and sometimes even dull, but the center, with the famous Ring street, is a remarkable piece of architectural magnificence, which is just as much iconic and monumental as it is eclectic and hyperreal. While floating above, Edward notices a peculiar blend of contrasting periods: gothic churches juxtaposed with Greek revival temples, neoclassicist parliament paralleled with Egyptian ornamentation, Victorian chariots riding within modernist urban arrangements... And everything was built in nearly 10 years period, at the end of XIX century, when the Hapsburg empire was living the most difficult of its' times, which soon ended up as their collapse at the first world war. The Ring street is the Empire's attempt to fight the flow of time and inevitable temporality of being, hiding the crippling insides.