Emperor Franz Joseph unveils the monument to Maria Theresa designed by Caspar von Zumbusch on 13 May 1888, photograph

Emperor Franz Joseph unveils the monument to Maria Theresa designed by Caspar von Zumbusch on 13 May 1888, photograph

The dedication ceremony was attended by numerous members of the ruling dynasty in a ‘court pavilion’ specially erected for the occasion. Aristocracy, politicians, clergy, generals, holders of orders and the descendants of the men commemorated in the monument. It is said that the Emperor’s close friend Katharina Schratt also had a seat on the dignitaries’ stand. The occasion was also marked by a gala performance at the court opera and an exhibition devoted to Maria Theresa.

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