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Franz Joseph was born in Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace in 1830. With more than 1,400 rooms and a 160-hectare park, it is Austria's most important castle. Several hundred employees worked in the Emperor's summer residence, which served as the cultural and political center of the Habsburg Empire. Franz Joseph also died there on November 21, 1916, at the age of 86, while the First World War was raging.