LOVE AND MAGNIFICENCE
In 1736, Maria Theresa married Francis Stephen of Lorraine, whom she knew and treasured from childhood. This was a marriage of love, which was very unusual for the time.
The ruling couple spent the summer months in Schönbrunn Palace, which Maria Theresa had specially renovated: “You spare no effort when you are true to each other and in love,” wrote the Empress to a friend.
This 1441-room, magnificent building became the cultural and political centre of the Hapsburg Empire. Important matters were decided there, and lively celebrations were also held.