Capuchin Church (Kapuzinerkirche), Vienna

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Religious Site · Tourist Spot
The Capuchin Church in Vienna, Austria is a church and monastery run by the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. Located on the Neuer Markt square in the Innere Stadt near the Hofburg Palace, the Capuchin Church most famous for containing the Imperial Crypt, the final resting place for members of the House of Habsburg. The official name of the church is Church of Saint Mary of the Angels, but it is commonly known in Vienna as the Capuchin Church.
About 1599 the Capuchin brothers under Lawrence of Brindisi resided at Vienna on their way to Prague, where they had been sent by Pope Clement VIII in the course of the Counter-Reformation. The church was donated by will of Anna of Tyrol (1585 - 1618), consort of Holy Roman Emperor Matthias of Habsburg. Construction was delayed due to the outbreak of the Thirty Years' War and not finished until 1632, under the rule of Matthias' successor Ferdinand II. It was consecrated in 1632.
The aisleless church contains the tombs of friar Marco d'Aviano (d. 1699) and architect Donato Felice d'Allio (1761) as well as a pietà by Peter Strudel. Its subterranean mausoleum is the Imperial Crypt (Kaisergruft, though usually called Capuchin Crypt, Kapuzinergruft) that has been the principal place of entombment for the Habsburg dynasty, Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, and their descendants.
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  • On the new market square which is in the middle of a mayor construction who can find this small church but in its vaults lies the burial place of the habsburg dynasty, with over 150 mortal remains...  more »
  • When we visited they were digging up the road outside but we found our way in. We could not get into the Imperial vault but there was a moving pieta and nice polished woodwork.  more »
  • Very plain compared to most Viennese Baroque churches but a prayerful atmosphere.... And of course there's the crypt!
  • Very interesting place. I learned a lot from the guided tour, which I would recommend. The tour took about 45 minutes and we could take our time walking around afterwards and take some pictures.

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