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Josefsplatz

In the centre of Josefsplatz stands an equestrian statue (1807) of Joseph II portrayed as a Roman emperor, by Franz Anton Zauner. Behind the statue, to the right, is the entrance to the National Library building designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. Its Prunksaal (Hall of Honour) is regarded as the most beautiful library in Europe. Frescoes by the Baroque painter Daniel Gran adorn its vault. The walls of the historic reading room are graced by Johann Bergel’s frescoes. Perhaps the grandest items in the library’s rich collection are the cartographic treasures exhibited just behind the Prunksaal. The Redoutensale, in the wing adjacent to the library and once the Court Ballrooms, now serve as the head office of the Vienna Congress Centre. On the opposite side of Josefsplatz are two interesting palaces: at is the 18thcentury Pallavicini Palace by Ferdinand von Hohenberg, and at the 16th-century Palffy Palace by Nikolaus Pacassi. They now serve as cultural venues for the city.

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