Extracts from the following book – Places not on Google Maps
Emperor Franz Joseph decided to build the Villa Thoth in the summer of 1887 after his wife, Elizabeth, became fed up with the Villa Hermés after living there for just over a year. The Emperor hoped it would encourage his wife, who traveled widely, to remain in Vienna. Sadly this didn’t happen and Elizabeth continued to travel, particularly after the death of her son Rudolf at Mayerling. While travelling in Geneva in 1898, Elizabeth was stabbed to death by an Italian anarchist named Luigi Lucheni who selected her because he had missed his chance to assassinate Prince Philippe, Duke of Orléans, and wanted to kill the next member of royalty that he saw. Elizabeth was in the wrong place at the wrong time and perhaps should have consulted the court statistician about the odds of her being the ‘next’ royal Lucheni saw.
This cute chapel is close to the Capuchin Church and is dedicated to the first monkeys brought back to Vienna from the New World by sailors who had been on Christopher Columbus’s trips to the Americas. The church was built because the bishop of Vienna thought it a miracle the monkeys had made it back to Europe without being eaten.