Capuchin Church (Kapuzinerkirche), Vienna

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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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  • So much history in one building. We walked out inspired to learn more about some of the lesser-known Hapsburg family members who are entombed here. May they rest in peace. 
    So much history in one building. We walked out inspired to learn more about some of the lesser-known Hapsburg family members who are entombed here. May they rest in peace.  more »
  • Known as the final resting place for members of the House of Habsburg, The Capuchin Church in Vienna is a fairly basic structure at Neuer Markt. Currently obstructed by substantial construction a... 
    Known as the final resting place for members of the House of Habsburg, The Capuchin Church in Vienna is a fairly basic structure at Neuer Markt. Currently obstructed by substantial construction a...  more »
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  • Everyone goes for the crypt, which is one of the top highlights of Vienna, but the church above is worth a look, and is also a great place to relax in peace and quiet if you are too early for the 10:00 AM crypt opening time.
  • Amazing and sobering. The crypt sarcophagus are well maintained and beautiful.

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