Augustinerkirche, Vienna (Photo: Maximilian Just)
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The tomb of Archduchess Maria Christina, the favorite daughter of Empress Maria Theresa, boasts the most expensive tombstone of its time.
Her husband Albert of Saxony-Teschen, the founder of the largest graphic museum in the world, the Albertina, loved his wife so much that after Maria Christina died an untimely death he commissioned the best and most expensive sculptor of the time, the Venetian Antonio Canova, to create a unique monument to his love out of precious Carrara marble.
The famous sculptor was so impressed by his own work that he had a copy made for his own tomb in the Frari in Venice.
The Augustinian Church was one of the important stations in the life of every member of the House of Habsburg. It is here where they were baptized and where they married – and to where they would forever after consign their hearts.
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.
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