"The grave of Mary Vetsera" excursions from Vienna Tip by margaretvn
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The grave of Mary Vetsera (the lover of Crown Prince Rudolf and the son of Sissi)at Heiligenkreuz.
The Mayerling hunting lodge in the Vienna Woods was the scene of the double suicide of Crown Prince Rodolf and his 17 year old mistress Mary Vetsera. In 1889 Rodolf aged 30 was found dead with Mary. The princes suicide was a more than a social scandal - it was a blow to the Habsburg dynasty because he was known to be progressive and intelligent. It is thought that he found the protocol of the court limited his ideas.
The hunting lodge is now a chapel. After his son's death the desperately unhappy Emperor Franz Joesph gave the lodge to the Carmelite convent and it was completely rebuilt.
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