johann bernhard fischer von erlach

The marvelous Prunksaal in the Austrian National Library

The Prunksaal is situated at the core of the Austrian National Library. At the center of the marvelous collection of old books stands the sculpture of Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, who approved the construction of the library.

Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, an Austrian architect, started building the impressive Baroque structure of the library in year 1721:

The Austrian National Library, the biggest library in the Austria, is located at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. 


Imperial Library, Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria

Originally a free-standing structure, the Imperial Library (Hofbibliothek) was housed on the other side of the complex. Charles VI founded the library, which is now called the Prunksaal, cared for by the Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek). Its construction was begun by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and finished by his son Joseph Emanuel in 1735. This magnificent hall contains the book collection of Prince Eugene, an enormous ceiling fresco by Daniel Gran, and statues of emperors by Paul Strudel making this part of the Hofburg its most significant in artistic terms.