The church itself is indeed a splendid example of Art Nouveau architecture at its best.
Right beneath it,you will find several beautiful Pavillions where Euthenasia was widely practiced
For those who'd like to know:during the Nazi regime in Austria,this is the place where people were murdered en masse.
Those who were supposedly "mentally handicapped" [not forgetting homosexuals]were sent to these pavillions where they were injected with a lethal poison.They died slow,painful deaths.Among them were thousands of children-notably Jewish ones,and this is an undisputable fact.The doctors that enabled this crime still kept their jobs for many years to come.Several yards beneath the church,there's a garden commemorating the murdered children.There's an exhibit consisting of pillars of light,each light denoting a murdered child.
You think this is the worst? WAIT!
In the Sixties,way after WW II, an interesting room was discovered in one of the pavillions.
It was filled to the brim with FRESH BRAINS OF CHILDREN preserved in formaldehyde jars.
The ensuing scandal was quickly brushed under the carpet with the professor in charge claiming this had "Research value".
So yes,the church is beautiful and it must be kept in mind that it was built before these atrocities took place.
So instead of going to a horror movie-treat yourself to a reality horrific experience in the Steinhof grounds.
I personally could not sleep for several nights after visiting the place and finding out about its history only later.
You think you've heard the worst?WAIT!
In the Sixties,way after WW II,a room was discovered in a pavillion full of interesting contents.It was filled to the brim with jars containing FRESH BRAINS OF CHILDREN preserved in formaldehyde.
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