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  • Day9

    Sissi: Beauty and Tragedy

    November 13, 2013 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

    Empress Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, known to friends as Sissi, was a beautiful woman with a very unhappy life. Her husband was not interested in her. Yet she dutifully bore an heir, who was a serious disappointment. Her getaway from the Hofburg Palace in Vienna was this seaside resort she built for herself. She was fanatical about two things: her beauty, and Greek mythology. She would spend hours each morning arranging her long, lovely hair. She also built this monument to Achilles and the stories associated with Greek gods and demigods. Finally she was assassinated as republican fever swept across Europe in the prelude to World War I.Read more