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Austria- Hofburg Palace Gateway   A gateway in the Hofburg Palace that leads to various exhibits including the Royal Treasury.

Austria- Hofburg Palace Gateway A gateway in the Hofburg Palace that leads to various exhibits including the Royal Treasury.

The octagonal crown fashioned from pure gold is studded with 144 precious stones and just as many pearls yet it is a priceless artifact for other reasons. The crown almost certainly once graced the head of the first German emperor Otto I more than 1,000 years ago. For hundreds of years it has been one of the most potent symbols of the Holy Roman Empire, the German kingdom which stretched across most of Central Europe.

The octagonal crown fashioned from pure gold is studded with 144 precious stones and just as many pearls yet it is a priceless artifact for other reasons. The crown almost certainly once graced the head of the first German emperor Otto I more than 1,000 years ago. For hundreds of years it has been one of the most potent symbols of the Holy Roman Empire, the German kingdom which stretched across most of Central Europe.

Museum of Art History, Wein, Oesterreich (Vienna, Austria). Where I learned that the Norse kings gave other royals narwhal tusks and claimed they were unicorn horns. And there are dozens of busts with giant mustaches. And it's free!

Museum of Art History, Wein, Oesterreich (Vienna, Austria). Where I learned that the Norse kings gave other royals narwhal tusks and claimed they were unicorn horns. And there are dozens of busts with giant mustaches. And it's free!

The Crown of István Bocskay,   Persian c. 1600 Gold, rubies, spinels, emeralds, turquoises, pearls, silk H 23.2 cm, Diam. 18.8 cm-22 cm, Imperial Treasury, Vienna

The Crown of István Bocskay, Persian c. 1600 Gold, rubies, spinels, emeralds, turquoises, pearls, silk H 23.2 cm, Diam. 18.8 cm-22 cm, Imperial Treasury, Vienna

Previously known to us as the 'Teck Corsage Brooch, The Emperor of Austria Brooch.Composed of a central large pearl surrounded by braided rows of diamonds with twelve collets around the exterior and a removable pendant chain of collets with three pendant pearls

Previously known to us as the 'Teck Corsage Brooch, The Emperor of Austria Brooch.Composed of a central large pearl surrounded by braided rows of diamonds with twelve collets around the exterior and a removable pendant chain of collets with three pendant pearls

One of the most beautiful places in Vienna, Austria, is Hofburg. Practically, it is impossible to visit all the attractions in this Court Palace in just one day.   You need to see the Kaiserappartements (royal apartments), the Schatzkammer (Treasury), the Prunksaal in the National Library, the Winterreitschule (Winter riding school), the Albertina Museum and the Neue Burg museums.

One of the most beautiful places in Vienna, Austria, is Hofburg. Practically, it is impossible to visit all the attractions in this Court Palace in just one day. You need to see the Kaiserappartements (royal apartments), the Schatzkammer (Treasury), the Prunksaal in the National Library, the Winterreitschule (Winter riding school), the Albertina Museum and the Neue Burg museums.

'Hiacent – La Bella', a jewel set in the early fifteenth century with a garnet at the centre in the form of the heraldic double eagle of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; the German inscription states that      the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I named the jewel 'Hiacent Labella' and bought it from the Hungarian Humanay family for the Imperial Treasury. (Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna)

'Hiacent – La Bella', a jewel set in the early fifteenth century with a garnet at the centre in the form of the heraldic double eagle of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; the German inscription states that the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I named the jewel 'Hiacent Labella' and bought it from the Hungarian Humanay family for the Imperial Treasury. (Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna)

Türkis Schmuck der Herzogin Mecklenburg-Schwerin eine Prinzessin von Windisch-Graetz Turqoise  Jewels and Brooch from Marie Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin born Princess of Windischgraetz die Geschichte | History: http://www.royal-magazin.de/german/mecklenburg-schwerin/marie_tuerkis_mecklenburg_windischgraetz.htm

Türkis Schmuck der Herzogin Mecklenburg-Schwerin eine Prinzessin von Windisch-Graetz Turqoise Jewels and Brooch from Marie Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin born Princess of Windischgraetz die Geschichte | History: http://www.royal-magazin.de/german/mecklenburg-schwerin/marie_tuerkis_mecklenburg_windischgraetz.htm

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