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In 1683, the Turkish Empire laid siege on Vienna, Austria. The Turks made several attempts to enter the city by force, but were unsuccessful. They decided to dig an underground tunnel. The Vienna bakers were working in the basement storerooms. They heard the sound of digging and alerted the army.

The bakers received high honors and thanks for their assistance in outwitting the Turks. In celebration, they baked their bread in the shape of a crescent moon. This is the symbol of the Ottoman Empire.

Hundred years later, Marie Antoinette (an Austrian Princess who married Louis XVI) introduced the pastry to the French who dubbed it a “croissant.”

And if you believe the story or not, it is always a good idea to go for a coffee and a croissant in one of the beautiful Vienna coffeehouses.

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