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Leopold VI, Duke of Austria - Vienna, Austria
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 48° 12.626 E 016° 21.585
33U E 601017 N 5340582
Quick Description: Leopold VI took part in two crusades in Spain and one in the Holy Land.
Location: Wien, Austria
Date Posted: 2/17/2014 7:35:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMK5N3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ambrosia
Views: 4

Long Description:
This 1867 marble statue of Leopold is by sculptor Johann Preleuthner. It is set on the plaza in front of the Rathaus (City Hall). It depicts the Duke lifesized, as a young bearded and long-haired man, standing and wearing a skirt-like outfit with a belt at the waist.. He holds a sword by his right side and holds another object on his left. It is set on a high plinth about 8 feet tall with the inscription "HERZOG LEOPOLD DER GLORREICHE".

Wikipedia (visit link) informs us:

"Leopold VI (German: Luitpold, 1176 – 28 July 1230[1]), known as Leopold the Glorious (German: Luitpold der Glorreiche), was the Duke of Styria from 1194 and the Duke of Austria from 1198 to his death in 1230. He was a member of the House of Babenberg...

Leopold VI participated in the Reconquista in Spain and in two crusades, the Albigensian Crusade in 1212 and the failed Fifth Crusade from 1217 to 1221, and—like his predecessors—attempted to develop the land by founding monasteries. His most important foundation is Lilienfeld in the Lower Austrian valley of the Traisen river, where he was buried after his death. Besides that, he supported the then highly modern Mendicant Orders of the Franciscans and Dominicans. He elevated Enns to the status of a city in 1212, and Vienna in 1221, the territory of which was nearly doubled.

Under Leopold's rule, the Gothic style began to reach Austria - the Cappella Speciosa in his temporary residence of Klosterneuburg is known as the first building influenced by it in the Danube area - a reconstruction of it can be seen today in the palace gardens of Laxenburg.

Babenbergian Austria reached the zenith of its prestige under Leopold's rule. Evidence of this is given by his marriage to the Byzantine princess Theodora Angelina and his attempt to mediate between Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and Pope Gregory IX, which he was working on when he died in 1230 in Italy.

Leopold's court is known as a center of the Minnesang, e.g., Walther von der Vogelweide, Neidhart von Reuental and Ulrich von Liechtenstein were active here. Also, the Nibelungenlied may have been written in his court."
Monarch Ranking: Duke / Duchess

Proper Title and Name of Monarch: Duke Leopold

Country or Empire of Influence: Austria and Styria

Website for additonal information: [Web Link]

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