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And it was time to go back to Vienna, luckily I was greeted by an invitation to visit the Treasury (Die Kaiserliche Schatzkammer) and have a drink at the Kunsthistorische Museum with the Igersaustria afterwards.

The Secular Treasury offers a unique panorama covering over a millennium of European history. This is the home of the most important collection of medieval royal objects: the insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, including the Imperial Crown and the Holy Lance. Further highlights include the Crown of Emperor Rudolf II. (which later on became Crown of the Austrian Empire), as well as the vestments and other precious items of the Order of the Golden Fleece. (The Treasury)

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In the first image, this is how a stripped down crown looks like, all the embellishments are gone. On the second image the Crown of Emperor Rudolf II, made in 1602. Later it became Crown of the Austrian Empire. The Scepter from 1615 and the Imperial Orb from the same time period.

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The horn of a unicorn, which actually is a giant narwhal tooth and the crip of the King of Rome. The city Paris gifted it to Napoleon and his second wife Marie Louise in 1811. About 280kg of silver were used on this lavish piece.

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The Crown of the Holy Roman Empire (10th century)

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As it was hard to use the bigger jug a tiny baptismal jug was made, around 1600.

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