Maria Theresia Denkmal
Maria Theresia Denkmal
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Neighbourhood: Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
How to get there
  • Volkstheater • 3 min walk
  • Volkstheater • 3 min walk
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westy54
Sydney, Australia11,515 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Empress Maria Theresa (1717 - 1780) ruled the Habsburg territories from 1740 to 1780. She was the only woman to hold the position in her own right. She also gave birth to 16 children.

The monument with its base covers an area of 632 square metres and is 19.36 metres high. It is built from a mix of granite (base and pedestals), serpentinite (columns) and bronze (statues). The six metre high bronze statue of the monarch, seated on her throne, sits atop of the monument. The Monarch has in her left hand a scepter and the document that enabled her as a woman to rule the Habsburg territories whilst her right hand is extended greeting the people. On the cornice around the throne sit four females figures representing justice, strength, mildness and wisdom.

The monument is a mass of statues and reliefs with the four sides of the plinth featuring groups of personalities representing her advisors, her administration, the military and the arts and sciences (including reliefs of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Mozart).

On the diagonal axes of the base there are four statues of Field Marshalls from that time.

The monument was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I and was unveiled in 1888.

Hard to miss if visiting the Art History Museum or the Natural History Museum.
Written 3 April 2024
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,762 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
In Vienna across the street from the entrance to the Heldenplatz - in the Maria Theresa square you shall find the monument commemorating the Archduchess of Austria and one of the most "famous" Habsburg rulers - Maria Theresia.
The monument is impressive - with the statues as the bottom pedestal and the Archduchess sitting on her throne above several meters high.
When we were visiting in November 2023 - the evening lighting wasn't the best - still it was worth a stop for a pic ....
When you are in Vienna for sure you will get to this square when you stroll in the Hofburg so is just a matter of stopping for a few minutes to take a picture and stroll on.
Written 13 January 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
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Sept 2023 • Couples
There are numerous monuments to the Hapsburg Dynasty rulers around Innere Stadt including this imposing and impressive monument to Maria Theresa (1717-1780) situated in the beautiful public square named after the empress. It is flanked by Kunsthistorische (Fine Art History) and Naturhistorisches (Natural History) Museums in a popular sightseeing area of the city. As such, there is a good chance you will pass by and see this landmark at some point during your visit to Vienna.

The monument is the work of sculptor Kaspar von Zumbusch (1888) and is 19 metres tall. What you find is a seated bronze of Maria Theresa who is crowned, dressed in royal attire and holding a sceptre in her left hand while extending her right hand forward as if addressing an audience of her subjects.

The pedestal holding up the empress included detailed reliefs and is surrounded with life-size bronze figures representing counsel, administration, science & arts and military. Around the base of the monument there are four additional bronze figures of the four military Generals that served the Hapsburgs during the reign of Maria Theresa.

In the end, this is one of the more impressive monuments in Vienna, a treat for those who appreciate monument viewing during their travels. Worth a few minutes to view for everyone else when you pass through Maria-Theresien-Platz.
Written 12 December 2023
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MaryannF650
Clarksville, TN1,453 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The Empress Maria Theresia monument, unveiled in 1888, stands in the center of the square with the Natural history museum and the Art history museum. The huge monument with the empress towers over four sets of statues, each representing a facet of her rule. Maria Theresia sits on a throne at the top of the monument with hand outstretched. Below her, the four riders are all military commanders. Among the famous people found on the monument is Mozart and Haydn.

This is one of the most amazing monuments and definitely worth spending time here. A photographers dream!
Written 19 August 2023
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Cristinel
Romania1,041 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Impressive monument accordingly with the great personality of Maria Theresa. It is very easy to find and due to the very generous open space there it is not very crowded so you can admire in peace the architectural work.
Written 14 June 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,092 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We heard mention of the Empress Maria Theresa Monument a dozen times from our guide, but never came across it until we searched it out on our own. Nothing fabulous about the statue, but the square it sits in, between the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum is fabulous and the Christmas Market in the square was one of the better ones we visited.
Written 20 February 2023
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK8,31,000 contributions
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Dec 2022 • Friends
The centrepiece of Maria Theresien Platz is Maria Theresien Statue.
It's one of the most important monuments honouring a member of the famous Habsburg Monarchy in Vienna and is in commemoration of Empress Maria Theresa who ruled over the Habsburg Monarchy from 1740-1780.
The monument has stood here since 1888 and separates the Art History Museum and The Natural History Museum,the design of this monument was down to Baron Karl Von Hasenauer while the sculptures were the work of Kaspar Von Zambusch and Anton Brenek who worked on these sculptures for 13 years ,it's such an imposing and impressive monument ,my twin brother Stephen and I visited the monument when we enjoyed the Christmas market held on Maria Theresien Platz,looked magnificent ,if you're planning a holiday to Vienna I highly recommend you check out this monument on Maria Theresien Platz.
Written 1 February 2023
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Mark42139
New York City, NY1,646 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is a very important monument in central Vienna highlighting the life and work of Maria Theresia.
Written 21 November 2022
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Tim J
Banbury, UK310 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
An imposing monument which is neatly framed by the two museums on either side. The statue itself is interesting.
Written 28 October 2022
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Djordje M
Belgrade, Serbia1,209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Maybe my favourite square in Vienna. Very nice garden/park, detailed monument in middle and two identical buildings on both sides of square. Nothing much to say, and even though everybody is taking out cellphones from pockets to take some photo, it's better to look with eyes than camera
Written 7 March 2022
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