Maria Theresa was the only female ruler of the Habsburg Empire, over which she ruled for forty years. A very religious woman with 16 children, she was quite popular with the people she ruled. She introduced many quality reforms to the Empire, including ones in finance, education, healthcare, and civil rights. Maria Theresa is considered one of the best rulers of the Habsburg dynasty. The Maria Theresien Platz is located in a beautiful area between the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art History Vienna, and it was created to honor this grand ruler.
In the center of Maria Theresien Platz you'll find the Maria Theresia Monument, a huge memorial constructed for 13 years under the guidance of Kaspar von Zumbusch. The monument features the empress Maria Theresa as a large, imposing bronze statue, as she greets the people with her right hand and holds a document and a scepter in her left. She is surrounded by other statues of her generals. The monument stands over 19 meters high and weighs approximately 44 tons.
During the advent, the Maria Theresien Platz is transformed into a festive Christmas Village, with cabins offering handicrafts, punch and so much more.