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In the charming Old Town Pedestrian Zone, you will find Innsbruck's greatest tourist attraction and certainly its most characteristic landmark, The Golden Roof. This city's symbol has about 2600 gilded copper tiles which shimmer over a Gothic oriel window built in 1500 by Niklas Turing for Emperor Maximilian I who enjoyed watching tournaments and dancing in the city square below from his royal box. The balustrade on the first floor is adorned with carved coats of arms, representing Austria, Hungary, the double-headed eagle of the Empire, Burgundy and Milan, as well as Tirol and Styria. The mural paintings show two standard-bearers with the flags of the Empire and the Province of Tirol. Curiosity: Maximilian I was widely considered too extravagant for his own good.. Maximilian ordered that the copper shingles on the royal balcony should be covered in gold as a "gift" to the people of Innsbruck, but this stretched the royal household's finances so much that the emperor was forced to take out a loan!
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