Pinsteps. Kaisers Statue von Joseph II in Vienna
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In the centre of the Josefsplatz square is an equestrian statue of Emperor Joseph II. Sculptor Franz Anton von Zauner erected it between 1795 and 1807. The figure of the emperor was modelled on the statue of Marcus Aurelius on Capitoline Hill in Rome. It was commissioned by Emperor Francis II, who was raised by his uncle Joseph II since he was 16 years old, the son of Maria Theresa, who advocated extensive liberal reforms. The image of Joseph II as a Roman conqueror, dressed in a toga and with a laurel wreath, reflects the deep faith of the Hapsburgs that they were descendants of ancient Roman emperors. An ensemble of buildings in the Hofburg Palace borders the area. They contain the central part of the Austrian National Library. In addition to its library function, the building has excellent acoustics.

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