The Spanish Hall
The Spanish Hall is amongst the most beautiful halls built during the Renaissance. It was constructed according to the requirements of Archduke Ferdinand II between 1529 and 1572, and it was meant to be a hall for balls and other festive occasions. The decoration of the 43 m long hall is dominated by 27 full-figure portraits of Tirolean rulers, from Count Albrecht I of Tirol to Archduke Ferdinand II. They stand before a landscape background, making the room—in concert with the opposite window—seem like it were open to both sides. The frieze-zone of the northern and eastern walls contains stucco-framed bull’s eyes with painted rims, whose inside surfaces show blue sky and clouds painted in an illusionistic manner. Here, as well, the idea is to provide an architectural counterpoint to the bull’s-eye windows of the southern and western walls.
A key factor in the festive overall impression of the hall is the doors, which are combinations of various woods, and the partly gilded and likewise inlayed coffered wooden ceiling.
Today, the hall plays host to events including concerts of the Innsbruck Early Music Festival.