The Royal Tombs of Cleves

January 14, 2017 Moniek 0

The Stifskirche or the Collegiate Church of St. Mary in Cleves is the place of burial for three royal women. There has been a church at this site since 1170, but the current church is a reconstruction from the 1950’s as it was completely destroyed by allied bombs in the Second World War. The first [read more]

Castle of the Counts in Ghent, Belgium

January 4, 2017 Moniek 0

The current Castle of the Count was built in 1180 by Count Philip of Alsace. He modeled it after crusaders castles he had seen while he participated in the Second Crusade. Before the current construction there was a wooden castle on the sight. The castle was the seat of the Counts of Flanders until it [read more]

Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria

January 1, 2017 Moniek 0

Schönbrunn Palace began its life as a hunting ground for Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. Eleanora Gonzaga loved hunting there and spent much time at the palace. It was bequeathed to her as her widow’s residence. The present form of the palace took shape in during the 1740s and 1750s during the reign of Empress [read more]

The Augustinian Church in Vienna, Austria

January 1, 2017 Moniek 0

The Augustinian Church (or Augustinerkirche) is located on the side of the Hofubrg (Augustinerstraße 3) and it seems rather insignificant and small. However, this church was the private church for the members of the Habsburg family for many years. It was founded in 1327 by Duke Frederick the Handsome. It was the sight of the weddings between the [read more]

The Imperial Crypt in Vienna, Austria

January 1, 2017 Moniek 1

The Imperial Crypt (or Kaisergruft) in Vienna is certainly one of Vienna’s hidden treasures. It was founded in 1618 and has been the principal place of burial for members of the House of Habsburgs. It contains the bones of 145 people, plus four urns contains hearts or cremated remains. Not all are visible. It’s quite [read more]

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