One of the most spectacular places we have visited while here in Europe has been the treasure trove of the Holy Roman Empire. Until I arrived here, I didn’t realize that the Hapsburg’s monarchs had also been given the title of Holy Roman Emperor as well. Or at least from about 1440 until the Holy Roman Empire dissolved in 1806.
But this is a little misleading since the Hapsburg monarchs ruled over lands beyond the Holy Roman Empire and yet, not all of the Holy Roman Empire was under Hapsburg rule. Wikipedia goes over quite extensively what lands these rules held. You can find specifics here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habsburg_Monarchy
The House of Hapsburg, as it is sometimes called, has an extensive history and I will only be going over bits and pieces in this blog. Again, for more information, please visit Wikipedia as they do have lots of good Austrian history of how the dynasty came to being and where it is today. Bet you all didn’t know that they are still Hapsburg heirs still living today. They gave up all association with the monarchy during the early 20th century while many were being deposed, they did what they felt right and noble. But that is another story. You can get more history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Habsburg
What today’s blog is about is the many artifacts regarding this period found during a visit to the Museum of Secular and Ecclesiastical Treasures. Enjoy!
First up is the crown, scepter and a religious artifact.
Next, one of the Holy Roman Emperor Crowns.
Uncategorized royal jewels worn by the empresses of the Hapsburg monarchy.
This is one of the Holy Roman Emperor’s robes and staff. The staff is made from narwhale horn that many thought was the enchanted unicorn’s horn.
A jeweled box used to hold treasure.
Some of the many crosses worn by the women of the Hapsburg monarchy.
Just a few of the many rosary beads seen in the museum.
The crown of the Holy Roman Emperor.
Hope you enjoy this trip to the museum!