The foundation stone for a new memorial to Austrian empress Maria Theresa was unveiled at a park near Prašný most in Prague 6 on Saturday – the occasion of the 300th anniversary of her birth. The ceremony was attended by several dozen people, including Prague’s Mayor Adriana Krnáčová and Prague 6 mayor Ondřej Kolář, who took part in the ceremonial tapping of the foundation stone. Mr Kolář said that the empress, who assumed power under difficult circumstances, deserved a proper memorial in the Czech capital. The site will feature a sculpture symbolizing the period of her reign. The ceremony included a performance by the National Theatre Quartet and ended with a rifle salvo from members of the ‘Habsburg guard’ in period costumes.
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