[tweetbutton] For centuries Vienna was the center of the largest empire on the European continent.
But the first emperor who died in Vienna was actually not a Habsburg.
In the year 180 AD the Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius died in Vienna.
His death in Vienna was one of the most dramatic scenes of the well-known movie Gladiator (2000).
The Emperor of Rome as a lovable Figure of Hollywood
Marcus Aurelius (121-180) was not just another Roman emperor: He was one of the crucial Stoic philosophers.
His death in Vienna proclaimed the beginning of the downfall of the Rome Empire – the greatest military and political power the world has ever seen.
The fame of one of the most wise ruler in world history is notdiminished to this day.
Even at the beginning of the 21st century it appears in one of the most popular Hollywood movies.
The death of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius at the beginning of the Gladiator (Richard Harris as Marcus Aurelius / Russell Crowe as his faithful general / Director Ridley Scott) actually happened in Vienna.
Vienna as the capital of the Holy Roman Empire
Oddly enough, just in Vienna, the self-proclaimed successor to the Roman Empire, the Habsburgs, built the center of their empire.
In the double tomb: Maria Theresa & Emperor Francis Stephen of Lorraine – Imperial Crypt, Vienna
Based in Vienna, the Habsburgs ruled as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from 1438 to 1804, and beginning in 1804, as Emperor of Austria.
They were also buried in Vienna. But that is another story.
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Both men who started two world wars were born in a same small country in the middle of Europe. Even more, for years they have lived at the same time in the capital of this country and they have even met several times. This country was Austria and the city was Vienna.
For centuries, the ruling dynasty in Vienna was obsessed with the cult of the dead. After the death of a Habsburg the heart and viscera were removed from the body according to strict ceremony. So, each of Habsburg was buried three times at three different locations in Vienna.
Vienna is still stuffed with strange customs and curious places, royal mummies
The guidebook The Dark Side of Vienna is in many ways a different Vienna travel guide. Away from the tourist traps you will be guided through the dark places and royal catacombs unique for its historical importance and scary atmosphere.
One of specialities of this book are Extra Walks for Special Interests. If you have special interests about Empress Elisabeth – Sisi, you can spent a day or more followed the path of that famous Empress through Vienna.
In WHO IS WHO and WHAT IS WHAT IN VIENNA you will find more than 100 brief biographies of historical figures as well as about 90 public places with the addresses, opening hours, admission fees and public transport connections for each one of them.
Last but not least: This guide will be updated and published 2-times a year. If you buy the book once, you will be able to download new book version with recent information, new chapters, pictures and maps every six months without additional charge. The actual version is 1.7
You can read the first chapters for FREE here: The Dark Side of Vienna