Mayerling

In 1888, Archduke Rudolf, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, was 30 years old. His support for the Hungarian parliamentary opposition and liberal ideas frightened the aristocracy. His love for Maria Vetsera was controversial. After a stormy meeting with Emperor Franz Joseph, he chose to commit suicide and so did his loved one. A memorial chapel, as well as hunting lodge furniture and mementoes are a reminder of this poignant tragedy, which moved the world.

 

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