Statue of Margaret of Austria in Mechelen, Belgium

About: Statue of the Archduchess Margaret of Austria, Princess of Asturias, Duchess of Savoy, on the Grote Markt (Grand Square) in Mechelen, Belgium.

Margaret of Austria was a representative of the Austrian Royal Habsburg House in Burgundy as Governor of the Austrian Habsburg Netherlands. She ruled as Regent of the Habsburg Netherlands for her nephew Charles (1500-1558), son of her brother Philip of Habsburg (he was son of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Duke of Burgundy, King of Castile as Philip I). Later Charles became Emperor Charles V (Quint), Holy Roman Emperor.

Margaret of Austria was the second child and the only daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilien Ist de Habsburg (1459 – 1519) or Maximilien d'Autriche and Mary of Burgundy (Marie de Bourgogne, 1457-1482), Duchess of Burgundy.

At the time when Mechelen was the capital of the province of Flanders, Margaret of Austria moved to live in Mechelen, in today's famous Palace of Margaret of Austria on Keizerstraat 20. There she performs her role as Governor of Habsburg Netherlands and takes care of the upbringing of her nephew Charles, the future Emperor.

In historical aspect, the life of Margaret of Austria was strongly connected with the city of Mechelen. Her Palace is one of Mechelen's landmarks. As a great acknowledgment, the city's inhabitants have built a monument in honor of Margaret of Austria, which is also one of the symbols of Mechelen. Initially, the Statue of Margaret of Austria was placed in the middle of the central square (Grote Markt), on a large sundial. But around 2004, the grand reconstruction of Grote Markt (Grand Place) and the construction of underground parking began. This required the relocation of the Statue of Margaret of Austria, and today it is located sideways of St. Rumbold's Cathedral in the historic center of Mechelen. During the building repairs of the central square, the archaeologists discovered that the ancient center of the city was located southwest of the current location of the square.

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Statue of Archduchess Margaret of Austria, Princess of Asturias, Duchess of Savoy, Mechelen, Belgium

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Statue of Archduchess Margaret of Austria, Princess of Asturias, Duchess of Savoy, Mechelen, Belgium

Statue of Archduchess Margaret of Austria, Princess of Asturias, Duchess of Savoy, Mechelen, Belgium

Statue of Archduchess Margaret of Austria, Princess of Asturias, Duchess of Savoy, Mechelen, Belgium

Statue of Archduchess Margaret of Austria, Princess of Asturias, Duchess of Savoy, Mechelen, Belgium

Related links

http://www.discoverflanders.com/mechelen.asp

https://tudorsandotherhistories.wordpress.com/category/burgundy/

http://queenanneboleyn.com/2016/03/13/book-excerpt-margaret-of-york-and-mechelen-by-kristie-dean/