“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” hit the theaters in 1975. The sophomores in my world history class were born 20 years later. And yet, when I show a photo of this symbol of power of the Holy Roman Emperor in my history class, someone inevitably says, “That’s the Holy Hand Grenade,” which is what it was called in the Monty Python movie.
This “Holy Hand Grenade” isn’t unique – many royals had one in their possession. But this golden treasure can be seen with other spectucular crown jewels of a long-dead empire in Vienna, Austria.
The title of this post is from a statement made by Voltaire about the Holy Roman Empire, which was founded by Charlemagne in 800 AD. Even though the HRE may have had dubious value, the Emperors had great clothes and nice crowns. This is one of several in Vienna, Austria.
Tomorrow, I’ll show you the “Holy Hand Grenade.”
Talk of Michael Jackson’s final resting place inspired this post. This is one of many notable musicians buried in Vienna’s Central Cemetery. To name a few: Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss and (who could forget) Falco, the Vienna-born musician whose biggest hit was “Rock Me Amadeus,” are buried in this cemetery. Mozart, unfortunately, is buried elsewhere in Vienna.
So here’s the second of my “Museum Interiors” theme. The Kunsthisoriches Museum is one my favorites, largely because of the Brueghel Room, which is not the room we are seeing here. Another thing I like about this museum is the fact that there are the large, welcoming sofas – very user friendly. Incidentally, my wife, Deb, is in this picture. She looks likes she’s enjoying art though I think she is enjoying the rest, as well.
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