Freed from the Turkish threat, the empire flourished, especially in culture and art.

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During the Baroque period, wonderful buildings were built there, such as Schönbrunn Castle (today on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List) or the Salzburg Cathedral. Famous architects: Johann Fischer von Erlach, Lukas von Hildebrandt, and Jakob Prandtauer, as well as Daniel Gran, Paul Troger, and Franz Anton Maulbertsc, created their greatest works at that time. The reign of Empress Maria Theresa and her son Joseph II, who was a liberal, enlightened monarch, was a period of far-reaching reforms in almost every area of state and social life.