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Statue of Empress Elisabeth of Austria

    Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie) (b. Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria, 1837 – d.1898 Geneva, Switzerland) was born into the royal Bavarian House of Wittelsbach, from a German dynasty. At the age of sixteen she married the Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph I, and was brought to the Habsburg court. Elisabeth’s visit to Hungary in 1857 left a deep and lasting impression upon her, and she even began to learn Hungarian. Her kinship with Hungary was crucial since it helped to form the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary in 1867. Elisabeth and Franz Joseph were officially crowned Queen and King of Hungary in June 1867. In 1861, Sissi spent 5 months in Madeira, Portugal on a medical retreat. She was assassinated by an anarchist in Geneva in 1898 and this statue was erected on the spot where she was stabbed.

    Address : Quai du Mont-Blanc 10, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

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