Well, after the events of the 20th century, we are transferred to Austria’s golden age, plunge into its history and, of course, try to trace the dynastic upheavals of the Habsburg Dynasty of Europe’s longest-running family. Her last ruler was Emperor Franz Josef, he died during the First World War in 1916. Together with him went the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Habsburg dynasty and the old world. He ruled for almost 70 years and his rule covered the entire second half of the 19th century. He was a contemporary of the English Queen Victoria and the Russian emperors Alexander of the second and third. He personified stability and calm. Someone might jokingly say: Austrian Brezhnev. If we compare the eyebrows of the general secretary and the sideburns of the emperor, then there is a similarity, of course. And Franz Josef's great-grandmother was Maria Theresa (not to be confused with Maria Theresa). She was born in Vienna at the beginning of the XVIII century in 1717. The year when Peter the Great was in Paris and studied the construction of fountains in order to apply the case in Peterhof Palace. Speaking of Paris. Maria Theresia’s daughter, Marie Antoinette, was the very wife of the French king, who was beheaded with her husband during the French Revolution. Maria Theresa also had 15 children. 11 daughters and 6 sons. Six children died either in infancy, or not leaving heirs. But, two sons became emperors, and daughters made up the most profitable parties in many European courts. Only Maria Cristina begged her mother to marry her cousin Albert, the son of the King of Poland and Prince of Lithuania. It was a marriage of love and the young lived in prosperity all their lives. True, they had no children. Albert regularly served as governor of the Netherlands (this country went to the Habsburg after the division of the Spanish inheritance), where the family lived in Brussels, having built the Laken Palace (the current residence of the Belgian king). Then Albert was governor in Hungary, living in Bratislava (60 km from Vienna). And in Vienna itself, here, on the site of the old fortifications (Augustinerbastei), Albert fell from the mother-in-law to the administrative building of the former court. It was rebuilt by Maria Theresa’s adviser and architect, Emanuel Silva Taruhi, son of the former Portuguese ambassador to Vienna. Here lies the beloved son-in-law with a daughter, closer to the Hofburg Palace. Christine and Albert had no children, their property passed to their adopted son, and Albert bequeathed the richest art gallery to Vienna, and the city began to call it Albertina with gratitude, and installed an equestrian statue of Albert on the old barbican.
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