Church of the Capuchins : Michelin's recommendations
Visitors standing on the Neuer Markt glance up at the discreet façade of the Kapuzinerkirche, the Church of the Capuchins and do not immediately realise that this is actually the Pantheon of the Habsburgs**. It was for reasons of Christian humility that this family with such an extraordinary destiny chose this rather modest church as their last resting place. Since the crypt was founded by Emperor Matthias in 1618, 138 members of the imperial family have been buried here, including 12 emperors and 17 empresses. The bodies are embalmed and arranged in nine vaults. A visit to these vaults is a dignified, respectful process. The finest of the sarcophagi were those created by Balthasar Moll in the 18C, one for Karl VI* and the other for his daughter, Maria Theresa and François of Lorraine. This last one is a double sarcophagus** in the form of a bed of state bearing the imperial couple; the vault was designed in the form of a vaulted mausoleum with an oval cupola. The most moving sarcophagi date from the 19C. They are the tombs of Habsburgs with a tragic destiny. There is Maximilian, abandoned by everyone when shot in Mexico in 1867. Nearby is the tomb of Marie-Louise, the mother of the Aiglon (Napoleon II), the short-lived wife of Napoleon. In the Franz-Joseph-Gruft (Franz-Josef crypt), on either side of the Emperor, lie his wife, Sissi, her coffin always covered with flowers, and her son, Rudolf, who died in mysterious circumstances at Mayerling in 1889. The last tomb to be placed in the crypt was that of Empress Zita, who died in 1989. Her funeral service was a last, striking homage to the Habsburg dynasty by the people of Vienna.
- Address : Neuer Markt A - 1010 Wien1010Wien
- Phone : 015126853
- Prices : 5 €