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Anna of Austria

Burial Places of the Queens and Consorts of Spain

Anna of Austria – El Escorial (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain) Barbara of Portugal – Convent of the Salesas Reales (Madrid, Spain) Beatrice of Portugal – Monastery of Sancti Spiritus (Toro, Spain) Berengaria of Barcelona – Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain) Berenguela of Castile – Abbey of Santa Maria la Real de Huelgas (Burgos, Spain) Blanche of Bourbon – Monasterio de San Francisco de Jerez [read more]

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Anne of Austria 1549 - 1580

The Louvre & Place de la Concorde

The last stop of my day in Paris was the Louvre. The Louvre is a museum now but it began its life as a royal palace and it was Louis XIV who moved the seat of power to Versailles in 1682. Since 1789, it has housed the museum. The Louvre glass Pyramid is now the [read more]

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Elisabeth of Valois

Marie-Antoinette & The Conciergerie

Marie-Antoinette’s life is one of great controversy. Her death was shocking and left her children at the mercy of revolutionaries. Her son, the titular King, would suffer abuse and an undignified death in captivity nearly two years after his mother. Her daughter, Marie-Therese would be the only survivor of the immediate family. Marie-Antoinette was originally [read more]

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Anna van den Bergh

Maria of Nassau & Castle Bergh

Maria of Nassau was born on 18 March 1539 as the daughter of William the Rich and Juliana of Stolberg. She was thus the sister of William the Silent. She married William IV van den Bergh on 12 November 1556. They had quite a successful marriage, having 17 children. One child was stillborn. Magdalena van [read more]