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“Strange and interesting place”

Kapuziner Crypt (Kapuzinergruft)
Ranked #36 of 585 things to do in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
“Strange and interesting place”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

If you enjoy history you'll enjoy this place. All the austrian monarchs' coffins are here - some very sobre, some extremely elaborant.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“walk through history”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Many sarkophags of emperors, their wives and close relatives. If you know some history of Austro-Hungarian empire, it is even more interesting, therefore I recommend you read some historical background before visiting (well, this is true for many attractions in Vienna anyway).

Visited March 2013
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United Kingdom
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“An ornate shrine to death”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

The final resting place of the Habsburgs is as ostentatious a place as their palaces were when they were living. Here you can stroll past the ornately decorated coffins and marvel at the beautiful sculptures and macabre motifs on display. The central space is dominated by the huge, richly decorated tomb of empress Maria Theresia and her husband. Unusually, sculptures of them sit atop the lid, as if both were sitting up in bed. Resting quietly in front of them, as if in defiance of their pretension, is their son Josef II in his plain and modest copper coffin. A very interesting place to visit and also in a way a stark reminder to us all of our ultimate fate, regardless of status. As Hamlet said:
"Imperious Caesar, dead and turn'd to clay,
Might stop a hole to keep the wind away"

Visited February 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Creepy”
Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

Paid ?4 and It was a very creepy experience. I was in and out in 15min. Not worth it and the lady at the service desk was about as useful as dogs balls on a goldfish

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Ocoee, Florida
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“A wealth of Hapsburg tombs”
Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Forget the catacombs under the other churches, this location has the most entombed members of the dynasty. Be nice to the grumpy monk at the front desk. It's fairly cheap and not at all creepy downstairs. The last descendant was entombed in 2011, so read the little plaques and see how much history was in one family. For 50 cents extra, get your crypt map to keep.

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