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« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2010, 10:59:49 PM »

Thanks for the pictures and info Rearden  Star Odette and Miss W.(I already  Star you before in other threads)
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« Reply #31 on: September 17, 2010, 02:20:18 AM »


Great photos Rearden.  Star  I'll add to your collection: These are all from the royal treasury (Schatzkammer)




Crown of the Holy Roman Empire






The Holy Spear (supposed to be Spear of Longinus, which pierced Christ's side at the cruxifiction)


Cradle of the King of Rome (son of Napoleon and Marie Louise (Habsburg princess)





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« Reply #32 on: September 17, 2010, 07:22:29 PM »

Kaiservilla



The little town of Bad Ischl in Upper Austria, the former summer capital of the great Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, has been associated with the Habsburg imperial dynasty for at least 700 years. The Imperial Villa in Ischl, the Emperor's summer residence, was described by Franz Josef I as "heaven on earth" for himself and his family.
The Villa was originally a wedding present from his mother, Archduchess Sophie, on the occasion of his marriage in 1854 to his teenage Bavarian cousin Elisabeth. Their engagement had taken place in Ischl the previous year. “Sisi”, as she was known to the family, became renowned as Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, the most famous beauty of the 19th century, and still fascinates a world-wide public. Franz Josef built a personal Cottage for her in the Imperial Park in English 16th-century “Elizabethan” style. The Villa and its estate are still redolent with memories of Elisabeth.

The Imperial Villa was also a stage on which the great powers of the 19th century carried out their diplomatic manoeuvrings. It was here, on 28 July 1914, that Franz Josef signed the declaration of war on Serbia that was to escalate into two global conflicts and change the world.

Still a haven of peace and tranquillity, and still occupied by the Habsburg descendants of Franz Josef and Elisabeth, the Imperial Villa retains the ambience of a bygone age in the 19th century, and its association with great people and events. It does not take much imagination to visualise the crowned heads and major statesmen of the world who were received here, or the world-famous composers, writers and artists who flocked to Ischl in the wake of the Emperor’s court during the decades of that glorious Indian summer of imperial Austria around the year 1900. This website tells the story. (http://www.kaiservilla.at/en.html)






















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« Reply #33 on: September 17, 2010, 07:41:33 PM »

I remember watching a doc about the holy spear, they said that the spear could not be from 2000 years ago  Thinking

TY for the photos    Star
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« Reply #34 on: September 17, 2010, 09:10:56 PM »

 Star Bad Ischl is a lovely place, thanks for posting it Rearden.  I love your new icon.

More about the Lance:

There is some question as to it's authenticity, and there are other spears which claim to be relics of the crucifixion, the interesting thing about this item is that it was a desired talisman for earlier Holy Roman Empire rulers, including Emperor Constantine, Fredrick Barbarossa, Charlemagne, and Adolf Hitler.  

Observing the lance at the Schatzkammer, Hitler claimed it had a spiritual affect on him and was determined to have it in his possession when he gained power in Germany.

The Legend of the lance claimed once the owner let it out of his hand, his power would fail.  The Lance was transported to Germany during the Anschluss and was returned to Austria after the war.

A book by Trevor Ravenscroft called "The Spear of Destiny" presents an interesting account of among other things Hitler's fascination of the Lance.
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« Reply #35 on: September 18, 2010, 08:02:10 PM »

LAXENBURG CASTLE

Elisabeth spent the time after her marriage here in this lovely baroque palace . She enjoyed riding in the park, with her English groom, Holmes; but this was disapproved of by her mother-in-law and the Emperor. Crown Prince Rudolf was born here and, during the conflicts with Italy and Prussia, Elisabeth converted part of the building into a hospital for wounded combatants. The palace, which was badly damaged at the end of the Second World War, is now the headquarters of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, but the splendid park with its mock mediaeval castle is open to the public. http://www.kaiservilla.at/de/sisi-homes.html

the castle's history here


































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« Reply #36 on: September 18, 2010, 08:24:50 PM »

Besides the palaces try the coffee houses, Demels, Kaffee alt Wien, Cafe Landtmann, and Sluka.  Hotel Sacher offers the famous Sacher torte, mit schlag.

In Vienna the Spanish Riding School, the Schatzkammer in the Hofburg, and Kaisergruft (the royal graves) are all worth seeing.



But avoid the MANNER shop next to St. Stephan´s cathedral or you will go home with 5kg+  Wink

I´ve lived next to the Belvedere Castles. And among the 3 big ones (Schönbrunn, Hofburg, Belvedere castles) those are IMO the prettiest. The scenery looks esp. at night fantastic

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« Reply #37 on: September 18, 2010, 08:30:55 PM »

 Supercontent Thank you for these wonderful pictures !!!

I went to Vienna 3 years ago, and stille miss the Sachertorte  Drool

The Kapuzinergruft is both a bit "scary" but extremely moving place.

And Schonbrunn and the Hofburg, just magnificent.
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« Reply #38 on: September 18, 2010, 09:06:19 PM »

Lena, What a wonderful location to live at...the Belvedere is a jewel.  Lovely inside and out.  I have coffee sent from Juluis Meinl.  Introduced to that coffee as a student and have liked the taste ever since (It was difficult to get unless traveling, then Meinl went online  Thumb up!) Kaisergruft is startling at first, and amazingly flowers are left at Sisi's grave.  Sweet.  The Albertina is also a special place.


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« Reply #39 on: October 23, 2010, 02:09:32 PM »

Gödölö Palace

This was originally a baroque palace, the Grassalkovich Palace, which had been given to a Hungarian magnate by Empress Maria Theresia. After the "Hungarian Compromise" which created the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1867, and which owed its success to no small degree to the part played by Elisabeth in promoting it, the grateful Hungarian government gifted the building and surrounding hunting estate to the imperial family. Elisabeth spent many happy summer retreats here. As well as sumptuous living quarters, Godollo boasted the finest stables, where Sisi kept her outstanding team of horses, and even a separate kitchen dedicated to the creation of exotic pastries and cakes. Crown Prince Rudolf had his own personal suite of rooms here. Elisabeth played hostess to her large entourage of English and Scottish hunting friends, including the Earl of Spencer and "Bay" Middleton. After 1945 the palace was used as a barracks and military hospital by the occupying Soviet troops, much to its detriment. Since 1993, however, much tasteful and authentic restoration has been done, although not all of the building is, as yet, totally refurbished. The royal apartments have been recreated authentically, and future plans include converting the stables into a luxury conference centre and hotel. The palace is open to the public from 1st April to 31st October -- Note, the palace is closed on Mondays. Source







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« Reply #41 on: October 25, 2010, 08:06:09 PM »

Schönbrunn Palace
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« Reply #42 on: November 21, 2010, 03:21:48 PM »

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I want to go to Vienna too  Cry Cry

My son's 2 most favorite sweets. And mine, hm... Tongue They look delicious here, I'm thinking that a short trip to Vienna after Christmas woudn't be a bad idea. Wink
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Castello di Miramere: Haunted?







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