Sandwiched In with Ron Brown - Vienna's Ringstrasse - The Avenue that Made Vienna an Empire City

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Join Professor Ron Brown for his ongoing series about the great avenues of the world as he explores the Ringstrasse in Vienna, which began as a small Roman outpost on the Danube. It gradually grew into a major city in the Holy Roman Empire and eventually the seat of the Habsburg Emperors. But at its heart it remained a small city on the outskirts of the Empire. Under the ruthless and talented Habsburg emperors and empresses Austria grew into an empire that included much of Eastern Europe bursting through its ancient medieval walls. During the mid-1800s these walls were demolished, and a brilliant ring street was constructed. Opera Houses, the palace of Parliament, mansions, palaces, cafes, churches, and parks transformed small town Vienna into an Empire City, a rival to Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, and even New York City.  (Sponsored by the Friends of the Library)

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