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Although it is probable a little disrespectful to call this a side garden, it was & compared to the back garden this was a mere flower bed.

The name Schonbrunn means ("beautiful well") & in 1696 construction began on the middle part of the palace. However soon after this parts completion it was redesigned on the orders of Maria Theresa of Austria, who wished the architecture & gardens to be in the stile of the Rococo era.
Schönbrunn Palace was a vigorous centre of Austria's empire and the imperial family, and stayed their summer residence until the more-or-less "abdication" of Charles I of Austria, in 1918.
In the 19th century one name is closely connected with Schönbrunn's, Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria. He was born there, spent the majority of his life there and died there on November 21, 1916 in his sleeping room.

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Additional Photos by Wilson Beckett (jaywalker) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3117 W: 140 N: 3133] (16095)
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