This symbol was the Imperial sword, which you see in the photo below. This sword was made in the 12th century, and there was a time when in the empire parallel there were two similar swords in the hands of two alternative pretenders to the throne.
Do not be surprised not very smart work, make a discount on the fact that it was manufactured more than 800 years ago. By the standards of its time, this blade has simply excellent quality.
Sheaths consist of 14 gold plates, which depict the first emperors of the Holy Roman Empire from Charlemagne to Henry III. Interestingly, the scabbard itself is older than the sword itself, for a hundred years.
We are too carried away by the male theme of weapons, and are ready to be rehabilitated. In the photo on the right you see a crib in which representatives of the royal family lay in infancy.
As you have noticed, there are no serious gold or precious stones decorations, but the work is very beautiful. This cot was made for the imperial family in the 18th century.
We do not want you to conclude from this article that the exposition of the museum consists only of weapons and symbols of power. There are many paintings, ceremonial clothes and household items. All of them you can see in our photo galleries .
Many girls will be interested to see in the galleries photo ornaments, among which there is a rose bush, completely made of gold. It will also be interesting to look at the bedspreads in the imperial chambers.
In the final part of this article, we will touch on the religious subjects that the representatives of the Habsburg dynasty collected in their treasury throughout their history. Taking the oath by monarchs has always required the existence of the Bible, and, of course, it must be ceremonial.
The Vienna Coronation Gospel of John was used in ceremonies from the year 800. Of all the imperial regalia, it is the oldest.
It is a pity that this book is shown only in closed form. Inside, it is a beautiful example of the art of its time. The letters are written in silver and gold colors, the book contains sixteen illustrations.
In the book of 236 pages, for the Middle Ages it is a very large volume, especially given the fact that the books in those days were not printed, but were manually rewritten.
The cover depicts the god himself, who holds the Bible in his left hand, and blesses the virgin Mary with his right hand.
The most significant religious relic in the Hofburg Palace is an artifact that is correctly called "one of the artifacts claiming to be called the Spear of Destiny". We specifically call it that way, the fact is that there are four such spear points in the world, and they all claim to be the "Spear of Destiny".
According to legend, during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, he was pierced by the Roman centurion Longin. That is why, the spear is also called the "Longine's Spear".
According to one version of the legend, the centurion killed Jesus, the other struck a dead savior. On this subject, theologians still have arguments that we will not meet.
As we have already said, there are four such copies in the world. The first is in Vienna in the treasury of the Habsburgs. The second is in the Vatican, it is considered "the main contender". Another one is in Armenia and in Krakow in Poland. The latter is exactly a copy created much later than the 1st century.
It is believed that the spear of Destiny gives its owner invincibility in battle, and around this relic "a lot of other legends". According to one version, Hitler captured Austria for the sake of a spear, and in 1942 it was stolen from him by US intelligence, which is why he began to lose the war. This legend seems completely unlikely, even if we take into account the passion of the leader of the Third Reich to the occult.
Another legend says that the Americans removed the real spear after seizing part of Germany, where it was located, and in Vienna a copy is kept. This, in our opinion, is also a "bike".
According to other legends, it was owned by Charles the Great, Emperor Justian and one of the Kings is ready Todorich. All of them made great military victories. However, his possession on this or that legend is attributed to all the great generals. Another owner was Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, but he was clearly mistaken with the artifact, he should have stocked with a relic, protecting from water. (Recall that he drowned during the Crusade).
You can get there by metro in Vienna . Leave at Herrengasse metro station on the 3rd (orange) line.
On this, we finish our short story about the treasury of the Habsburgs in the Hofburg Palace, and we recommend that you familiarize yourself with our photo galleries .
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