For centuries Salzburg was ruled by Prince-Archbishops, rulers who held both secular and ecclesiastic responsibilities. A state of the Holy Roman Empire, Salzburg enjoyed a large amount of autonomy until it was secularized and absorbed by Austria in 1803.
The Residenz of Salzburg was the home of the Prince-Archbishops. Decorated in a lavish baroque style, the sumptuous rooms showcase the wealth of its former residents.
This is the throne room of the Residenz, acquiring its name when it was used as such on a visit from Emperor Franz Joseph I, whose portrait now hangs prominently on the wall