January 18, 2018

Yin and Yang of Life in Innsbruck

Whether traveling in Paris, Munich or London, we have all seen Triumphal arches while wandering through Europe.

The arches we enjoy were inspired by the Romans and are usually built to commemorate war victories or founding a new colony, celebrating a new ruler or even a death of one.  The arches can represent a happy occasion or a sad one but in Innsbruck the triumphal arch actually commemorates both!

The building of the Triumphpforte (Triumphal Arch) was approved by Empress Maria Theresa to honor the wedding of her son.  Since there was not time to build a new arch, she had the existing south gate of Innsbruck renewed into this lovely example of a Roman arch.Triumphal Arch Innsbruck Austria

The year was 1765 and there was a bash going on in Innsbruck and all of Austria.  As the festivities wore on, the celebrating turned to grieving when out of the blue Maria Theresa’s husband, Emperor Franz I, died.

Standing on the southern end of Maria Theresien Strasse is this Triumphal Arch.  On the side facing north you will see marble reliefs celebrating the marriage of her son and on the other are reliefs that mourn the passing of her husband.


What Yin & Yang’s of Life have you seen in your travels?


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  4. Kate Miljanovic says:

    Whatta beautiful arch! Its simply amazing and it’s great to know that it plays a role in history. Thanks much for sharing. 🙂

  5. Jackie Smith says:

    What an interesting travel tale! And yes, I love arches – any where, any kind. Nice post.
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  6. Nancie says:

    Great shot, and some interesting history. I’ve taken more than my fair share of “arch” photos this week in Prague. Honestly haven’t given much thought to the yin and yang 🙂
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  7. Thanks for the story. I must admit that I generally just pass under or by these arches with little thought to their meaning.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      HA HA I find it hard to pass by. They are so big and usually take up so much space in the street!

  8. Allison says:

    I enjoy reading history and the powerful figure of Maria Theresa appears so frequently in the biographies of 18th Century Europeans. She is one of the most impressive women the world has ever seen. Thanks for a visual insight into this interesting woman.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I have been in awe of Maria Theresa ever since my first visit to Vienna years ago! You’re right, she was a very impressive woman. I find it amazing how many people don’t know her history or that her daughter was Marie Antoinette! It is indeed very interesting.

  9. Interesting. Neat pic. And even neater history behind the arch.
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  10. Marlys says:

    It’s like muscle flexing of an old man, really, these triumphal arches, remembrance of glorious pasts.
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  11. I unfortunately can’t think of a yin yang story from my travels, though I’m sure there are a lot in China. LOL Nice idea to take pictures of arches…maybe I have a few in my collection as well from my Eurotrip.
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  12. What a beautiful arch and a really sad story behind it. Such a grand entrance and I like all those gold scattered throughout the arch. Thanks for sharing this piece of history.
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  13. This is a gorgeous arch. Thanks for telling us about the happy and sad history behind it. Very nice how each side reflects the two separate events.
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  14. Lisa says:

    I love seeing the triumphal arches in Europe but I had mistakenly believed that they were all battle-related. How interesting to have one arch that commemorates both a great celebration and a tragic loss. Hopefully we’ll get to Innsbruck some day to see this arch!
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  15. That’s sort of neat that the arch represents both happiness and sorrow… but of course it’s sad that her husband died so unexpectedly. 🙁 I didn’t actually realize was the history was behind these arches, though, so thanks for enlightening me!
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  16. Sabrina says:

    That’s quite a yin/yang story. Most mothers wouldn’t even celebrate the marriages of their sons much I guess. Good that at least that seemed to have been positive for her.
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  17. Leigh says:

    My son will not be getting an engraved arch when he gets married. That is a sad story. I can’t off the top think of another yin/yang story.
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  18. It’s an impressive arch but how sad for Maria Theresa!
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