In the emperor’s gardens of Schönbrunn the motto is “think prime time” if it comes to decoration – no emperor would want a normal garden gnome to look at in his estates.
So in 1778 Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg designed and built these artificial ruins. He created an entirely new structure orientating himself on the Ancient Roman temple of Vespasian and Titus.
The statues in the water represent the gods of the rivers Danube and Enns, the two largest rivers in Austria.
If you wonder why a roman temple: The Habsburgs also embodied the office of the Roman-German Emperor and therefore saw themselves as the legitimate successors of the ancient Roman Empire.