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The Kaiservilla In Bad Ischl:
The marriage of the 23-year-old Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I of the Habsburg dynasty to the 16-year-old Duchess Elisabeth of the Bavarian Wittelsbach dynasty in 1854 was the occasion for building the Imperial Villa, which to this day remains the private residence of their descendants.
A miniature by comparison with the stupendous baroque magnificence of the other Habsburg residences like the Hofburg and Schönbrunn palaces in Vienna but that was intentional as a family summer retreat.
The interior is not overly ornate but has great historical significance with great people and events and the unchanged ambience of the vanished age before 1900.
The house and its park are indelibly associated with Empress Elisabeth, known to the family as ?Sisi?, the most famous beauty of the 19th century. The palace is full of her memories as her heartbroken husband sought peace after her assassination in 1898. It is the place where he conducted high diplomacy with most of the leading statesmen of his day. and notably the place where he signed the declaration of war in 1914 which led to two global conflicts and changed the map of the world.
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