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Her Royal Highness Duchess Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie (Princess Elisabeth of Austria) was born in 1837. She grew up at Possenhofen Castle, in Bavaria, Germany. The family called her Sisi. The childhood of Sisi was happy and free, she could never get used to the protocol of the Habsburg court life. At the age of 16, she married Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and became Empress. The marriage thrust her into the formal Habsburg court life, for which she was unprepared. She was already a girl, who had to deal with the poor and sick. She gave birth to four children: three daughters and one son. From the start she had a very bad relationship with her mother-in-law, expressing her opinion of state affairs. She was especially committed to the Italian and Hungarian parts of the empire and would try to influence Franz Joseph on the politics related to this whenever possibleIn 1867 her efforts in the politics of Hungary paid of and Franz Joseph was crowned King of Hungary and Sisi Queen of Hungary. Sisi enjoyed the country and the people and spend much more time there, than in Austria. She is believed to be one of the greatest amazons of her time. She traveled all over Europe, and had her own palace build at Corfu, Greece. Because of Sisi movie, the common believe is that, she did not get very old. She did, however, dying at age of 60. She had been empress of Austria for 44 years. In 1898 the Italian Anarchist Luigi Lucheni stabed her, while she was walking on the promenade to catch a boat in Geneva. Empress Sisi is buried in the The Imperial Crypt beneath the Capuchin Church in Vienna. Here she rests together with her son, Crown Prince Rudolf, her husband, Emperor Franz Joseph and some 140 other Habsburgers. For more than three decades, she had been considered the most beautiful queen in Europe, unusually tall (172cm). Even after four pregnancies she maintained her weight at approximately 50 kg (110 pounds, 7 st 12 lbs) for the rest of her life. Various residences that Elisabeth frequented, including her apartments in the Hofburg and the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, the imperial villa in Ischl, the Achilleion in Corfu, and her summer residence in Gödöllő, Hungary are preserved and open to the public.The Sisi Museum (Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien) is dedicated to her life. In the heart of the Hofburg Palace you will have the opportunity to take a look at the privileged life of the European aristocracy in the nineteenth century. This place houses more than 300 personal objects of Empress, such as gloves and dresses, along with a copy of the gown she wore at coronation. You will be able to admire a replica of her imperial railway wagon, and also her frosty but fascinating death mask, made after her assassination. Sisi, Empress of Austria and queen of Hungary, a mysterious and charming character, was the wife of Francis Joseph, but her origins were strictly Bavarian.

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