Road Cycling Highlight
A Roman-inspired triumphal arch surrounded by modern city life and timelessly imposing mountains: The Triumphpforte is one of the most striking sights in Innsbruck. Like a triumphal arch of antiquity, it testifies to Innsbruck's history. But she is not that old. The baroque building was built by order of Maria Theresia in the 18th century.
At that time the Empress was planning the wedding of her son Archduke Leopold in Innsbruck. Numerous changes in the cityscape go to the account of the imperial "wedding planner". For example, the medieval city gate at the entrance to Innsbruck's old town was demolished. From his stones a triumphal arch was built.
The portal of triumph is reminiscent of a joyous and a tragic event. The south side remains true to the wedding motto. But during the celebrations lasting several days, a stroke of fate befell Empress Maria Theresa. Her husband and father of the groom died, the regent fell into deep mourning. The north side of the portal of triumph therefore shows mourning motives to commemorate the sudden death of the emperor.
April 18, 2018
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