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Queens and Empresses

WHS significantly connected with a Queen or Empresss "Regnant" (ie. a monarch reigning in her own right as opposed to a Queen "Consort" or "Dowager"- see ), and where there are physical remains directly connectable to the Queen. (Excluding sites solely connected as a "dynastic burial place" containing the tomb of the queen among others which has its own connection)

The connection belongs to Individual People connections.

Connected Sites

  • Aksum: Queen of Sheba's Palace Link
  • Ambohimanga: Queen Ranavalona II (1829 -83) "The Two Pavilions of Queen Ranavalona II The two ornate palace buildings constructed within the compound were built of rosewood in 1871. The first and larger of the two features a room for receiving visitors and a large salon on the ground floor, and the bedroom of Queen Ranavalona II on the second floor. " (Wiki)
  • Ancient Thebes: Queen Hapsetshut (1508-1458BC) 5th Pharaoh of 18th dynasty. Several Buildings initiated by her - The red chapel of Hatshepsut in Karnak and the Deir el-Bahari Temple
  • Baekje Historic Areas: Queen Seonhwa and the origin of Mireuksa Temple, “The discovery of a record of the offerings alongside the sarira reliquaries confirmed that the Mireuksa Temple was established in the in 639 CE during the reign of King Mu by the Queen’s wish as part of her efforts to invoke Buddha’s favor.” - Nomination File
  • Blenheim Palace: The palace was built by the decision of Queen Anne who want to honour Duke of Marlborough with a great palace.
  • Budapest: Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa built the Buda Castle as the symbol of peace and friendship between the dynasty and the Magyar.
  • Edinburgh: Mary I of Scotland gave birth to her son James in the Royal Palace within Edinburgh Castle. Link
  • Gyeongju: Queen Seondeok (606 - 647) built the Star-Gazing Tower or Cheomseongdae
  • Kew Gardens: Queen Victoria added part of Kew Green to the Gardens to make a grand entrance for the public (Decimus Burton's Main Gate)  Link
  • Kremlin and Red Square: Catherine the Great (1729-96). "Empress Catherine the Great had been a frequent guest in Moscow at the time when the city, neglected by past monarchs, did not have enough state offices. She ordered the construction of a building to house the Moscow branches of the Governing Senate, namely the national judiciary administration and the seat of elected administration for the Moscow region... on a large triangular property in the north-east of the Moscow Kremlin, " (Wiki)
  • Longmen Grottoes: Empress Wu Zetian (690 - 705) donated money to built Fengxian Temple
  • Palmyra: Queen Zenobia (240 - c270) of Palmyra. There is an inscription, "the illustrious consul our lord" at Palmyra, dedicated to Odaenathus by Zenobia  Link
  • Prague: Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa rebuilt the Prague Castle in Baroque, its current state
  • Schönbrunn: Maria Theresa (1717-80). "Originally built by Leopold I but "Austria's treasury, drained by the cost of wars, would not support the ambitious undertaking; and the original plans were never carried out. When Maria Theresa became empress, she changed the original plans; and Schönbrunn looks today much as she conceived it. Done in "Maria Theresa ochre," with delicate rococo...."
  • St. Petersburg: Catherine Palace, built by Empress Elizabeth (1741 - 1762) and Empress Catherine II the Great (1762 - 1796).
  • Tikal National Park: Lady of Tikal (Maya queen) described on several of its stelae Link
  • Tipasa: Royal Mausoleum of Mauritania holds the tomb of Cleopatra Selene II Link
  • Westminster: Queen Victoria laid a foundation of the parliamentary archive tower which later named Victoria Tower after her.


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