France

The Bonaparte Women – Marie Louise of Austria

Marie Louise of Austria was born on 12 December 1791 as the daughter of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor and Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily at the Hofburg in Vienna. As she grew up, she was taught to resent all things French. Her grandmother Maria Carolina was the sister of Marie Antoinette, the French Queen who was guillotined. [read more]

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The Augustinian Church in Vienna, Austria

The Augustinian Church (or Augustinerkirche) is located on the side of the Hofburg (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]

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The Imperial Crypt in Vienna, Austria

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 containing hearts or cremated remains. Not all are visible. It’s quite [read more]