Prague to Build a Statue in Honor Of Empress Maria Theresa

Veronika B.

Prague 6 is planning to erect a statue in honor of the 18th century Habsburg empress Maria Theresa, who was also the queen of Bohemia.

The statue will stand in a new park located between the street Milady Horákové and the bastions of Prague Castle.

The local town commissioned the statue in 2014 for the price of four million crowns. It is to be unveiled later this year.

Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina (May 13, 1717 – November 29,1780) was the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions and the last of the House of Habsburg. She started her 40-year reign when her father, Emperor Charles VI, died in October 1740. As queen of Bohemia, she promulgated institutional, financial and educational reforms.

She developed the modern centralized state and promoted education, judiciary, and financial reforms encouraged industrial production and introduced registers of inhabitants, real estate and land. She was the first to start using paper money in Czech territory.

Maria Theresa’s relation to the Czech Lands was far from warm, but rather pragmatic. Before her coronation as the Queen of Bohemia, she wrote in a letter that the Czech crown reminds her of a joker’s cap.

Similarly, the Slovak capital Bratislava recently dropped the plan to reinstall a new equestrian statue of Maria Theresa in a place where an old one used to stand between 1897 and 1921, the daily writes.

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