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This is part of the Neuer Platz in Klagenfurt in the old and beautiful center of the town.
I liked its colorful cozy buildings looking bright and attractive on a very sunny day.

On the eastern side of the Klagenfurt Neuer Platz a bronze statue of Empress Maria Theresia can be seen, who reigned in 1740-80. On the southern side of the base you can see the inscription "In Memory of the Great Empress".

The statue was created by Franz Pnninger and solemnly unveiled by Prince Rudolf in 1873. The original, even more elaborate sculpture made of lead had been erected in Klagenfurt on the occasion of a visit of Empress Maria Theresia in 1765. The so-called "lead empress" had been the first statue of Maria Theresia in the Habsburg Empire. However, it was removed in 1870, allegedly due to serious damage. As a matter of fact, the Klagenfurt authorities intended to gain popularity with a new and more liberal piece of art. So the original statue was destroyed and used to make cannonballs for the Russian-Turkish war. Three years later, in 1873, the new statue was unveiled.

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  • Copyright: Marina Sh (marina7) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 645 W: 48 N: 1220] (8051)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-07-14
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-05-26 23:52
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