Sooo….anybody wanna get married? I promise we can get it annulled soon as I get a slice of cake ;)
Who said I’d want it annulled? Can’t I have you and the cake? *grin*
Only if you and my sweetie duel. Sharpened giraffe femurs at twenty paces!
The Imperial Crypt
Also known as Capuchins’ Crypt, the Imperial Crypt in Vienna, Austria lies below the Capuchin Church and monastery founded in 1618 and dedicated in 1632. The bodies of 145 Habsburg royalty, plus urns containing the hearts or cremated remains of four others, are deposited here, including 12 emperors and 18 empresses.
The most recent entombment was in 2011. The visible 107 metal sarcophagi and 5 heart urns range in style from puritan plain to exuberant rococo. The Imperial Crypt is one of the top tourist attractions in Vienna. To this day, some of the dozen resident Caphuchin friars continue their customary role as the guardians and caretakers of the crypt along with their other pastoral work in Vienna.
I visited this place in 2012 and it was all I ever wanted. Out of respect, we didn’t take pictures of the sarcophagi, but this post just made me remember the splendor of the underground crypt. What you can’t see on these photos, though, is that flowers are still laid down for the dead from people all around the word, and not only for Elisabeth of Austria, which is probably the most famous person to rest there - it’s strange, but those gestures really touched me.