Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Vienna, Austria
The Digital Land plot at the famous Heldenplatz. It is a colossal square right at the heart of Imperial Vienna. Heldenplatz stretches out in front of the sweeping arcs of the Hofburg Palace, which was commissioned for the Habsburg Family in 1881.
Now in the palace you can find a lot of popular tourist attractions like the exhibition rooms of the Imperial Apartments, the National Library, the Spanish Riding School, and several sublime collections in the Neue Burg, Sisi and art museums.
The square that you can see today dates back to the end of the 19th century. Before, at this spot were the bastions of the Hofburg Palace. In 1809, the troops of Napoleon occupied the city of Vienna and blew up some parts of the city fortifications. After the removal of ruins, several squares and gardens were formed including Heldenplatz and Maria-Theresien-Platz. Only the Outer Castle Gate was not demolished, and it still stands as the entrance to Heldenplatz from the Ring Road.
Heldenplatz is known as the Heroes Square, named after two statues of Austrian war heroes. In the middle of Heldenplatz stands the statue of Archduke Karl, a noted commander in the Napoleonic wars and defeated him in a battle near Vienna. The other is the statue of Prince Eugene of Savoy who was victorious against the Ottomans.
Heldenplatz has witnessed many important events over the years, the most infamous of which is Adolf Hitler's ceremonial announcement of the Austrian Anschluss to Nazi Germany on 15 March 1938. However, it has also been and continues to be home to plenty other historic events, festivals, parades, concerts and other activities.
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