Curiosity in the Getreidegasse:
How a shark came to be on the ceiling
Let’s briefly cross over to the other side of the Salzach river.
In a covered passageway on Getreidegasse – the “Schatz-Durchhaus”, you’ll find a curiosity.
If you stand in the middle of the passageway and look up, you’ll see a dried shark and the rib of a whale.
How did they end up there?
Back in the 18th century, the Mayrs, a merchant and sailing family, with business links to countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, had the idea of exhibiting the diversity and exotic nature of their products.
And so their first “advertisement” came about.
This decoration, also known as the “flying monster”, experienced another public outing many decades later: In a staging of “Faust” by Max Reinhardt, within the scope of the Salzburg Festival.