Treasures in Vienna’s Capuchin Church

insideCapuchin Monastery Church

The Kapunziner Church (Kapuzinerkirche), or Capuchin Church, is on the side of Neue Markt in the Inner City. It’s a church and monastery run by the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, and is most famous for containing the Imperial Crypt (Kaisergruft), the final resting place for members of the House of Habsburg, which I wrote about in the previous post.

The Kaisergruft is the main attraction, but the church-monastery is also interesting as it holds some of the Imperial Treasures. The Capuchin Monastery once held a large treasure of precious mounted relics and liturgical items. These had been presented by members of the House of Habsburg as gifts of the Imperial Court to the Monastery since its founding in 1618. When the monarchy ended, these objects became the property of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which displays them in various places in Vienna: Schatskammer, Hofburg, Schweizerhof. They are in the Secular and Ecclesiastical Treasuries there and are fascinating examples of Habsburg piety.


treasure2The section we can see in the area of the Capuchin Crypt is intended as a reminder of the close relationship between the Capuchin Order and the Imperial Court in Vienna.

So much to see and do in this city, but we ran out of time so could not visit that museum nor the special displays.


About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.
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