Last days in Vienna


en2My last days in Vienna were spent exploring the remaining parts of the city on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Another German word I picked up from this portion of my journey was platz, which translates to square.” Knowing this, it was easier to understand what the Stephansplatz must be and I also quickly verified the Stephansdom [photo] as Stephan’s Cathedral, Austria’s tallestAnother interesting church in Vienna was the Romanesque Kirche zum heiligen Franz von Assisi or St. Francis of Assisi Church [photo].A grand statue of Empress Maria Theresa [photo] towered over a square near the city’s cultural centre, the museumsquartier. At a time when only men succeeded their fathers and when rule over kingdoms was legitimated through simple blood relation, her ascension to the vast Habsburg dominions was naturally met with great opposition. Her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI had issued the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, granting females succession rights with which he acheived agreement among the powers within and outside his realm. After his death, however, the thirst for territory outweighed the promised peace and Maria Theresa had to preserve her birthright in the War of Austrian Succession against Prussia, France, and others. Her legacy in Austria is comparable to Victoria in Britain. She is often portrayed as a powerful matriarch, extending her had in protection or favor to her subjects. She, like Victoria, greived deeply at the loss of her husband, the Emperor Francis Stephen.
The mark of the Habsburgs is noticeable throughout the city. Their double-headed eagle can be spotted in numerous arches or atop state buildings including the Hofburg palace [photo] [photo]. I’ve mentioned the Habsburgs in earlier posts on this blog. That’s because the family has ruled at various times in what are present-day Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, and the Netherlands. On what is known as the Outer Castle Gate or the Außeres Burgtor at the Hofburg Palace [photo] you can see the laurel-wreathed crests of the Emperor’s many dominions.  

es2Los ultimos dias de mis excursiones en Vienna, yo monté el autobús turístico (hop-on hop-off). Otra palabra alemana yo descubría mientras en este parte de mi viaje es platz. La palabra se traduce como “plaza.” Era fácil de entender que es Stephansplatz y Stephansdom [photo] (traduce como la Catedral de Stephan), la catedral más alta de Austria. Otra iglesia interesante en la ciudad es Kirche zum heiligen Franz von Assisi, la iglesia romanesque, Iglesia de San Francisco de Assisi [photo].
Una gran estatua de la emperatriz María Teresa [photo] está en una plaza cerca de Museumquartier, (centro cultural de la de la ciudad). En su época, solo los hombres sucedieron sus padres. Ademas, los príncipes gobernaron por los derechos de sangre. Por eso, otros demandantes amenazaron a su ascensión a el vasto imperio Habsburgo. Su padre, Emperador del Sacro Imperio, Carlos VI hizo una ley que permitía a las mujeres heredar el trono,la Pragmática Sanción de 1713.
Los austriacos consideran a ella como los británicos consideran Victoria: una gobernante fuerte y poderosa, madre fecunda, y esposa amante. Ella luchó contra los prusianos, franceses, y otros por su herencia.

El signo de los Habsburgo es una águila bicéfala. Se puede encontrar en muchos edificios del gobierno en todo la cuidad, como el palacio Hofburg.
He mencionado los Habsburgo en anteriores entradas de blog. Eso es porque esta familia gobernó en varias ocasiones en el territorio de los paises actuales de Hungría, República Checa, Alemania y los Países Bajos.

En las fotos de esta página, puedes ver los símbolos del los dominios vastos Habsburgo en la famosa Outer Castle Gate.

Una vez más. Por favor, perdona mi español horrible! Estoy aprendiendo 🙂

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