The Augustinian Church in Vienna, Austria




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Photo by Moniek Bloks

The Augustinian Church (or Augustinerkirche) is located on the side of the Hofburg (Augustinerstraße 3) and it seems rather insignificant and small. However, this church was the private church for the members of the Habsburg family for many years. It was founded in 1327 by Duke Frederick the Handsome.

It was the sight of the weddings between the future Empress Maria Theresa and Francis of Lorraine, Marie Louise of Austria and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and Emperor Franz Joseph I and Elisabeth of Bavaria.

The church is also home to the Herzguft (of Chapel of Hearts). It is a burial chamber with 54 urns contains the hearts of members of the House of Habsburg. At the time of my visit, the Herzgruft was not open to visitors.

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Full list of hearts in the Herzgruft

  1. Empress Anna of Tyrol (4 October 1585 – 15 December 1618)
  2. Emperor Matthias (1557–1619)
  3. Emperor Ferdinand II (1578–1637)
  4. King Ferdinand IV of the Romans (8 September 1633 – 9 July 1654)
  5. Archduke Leopold Wilhelm (6 April 1614 – 20 November 1662)
  6. Empress Margarita Teresa (12 August 1651 – 12 March 1673)
  7. Empress Eleonora Magdalena of Mantua-Nevers-Gonzaga (18 November 1630 – 6 December 1686)
  8. Archduchess Maria Antonia (18 January 1669 – 24 December 1692)
  9. Archduchess Maria Theresia (1684–1696)
  10. Archduchess Maria Josepha (1687–1703)
  11. Emperor Leopold I (9 June 1640 – 5 May 1705)
  12. Emperor Joseph I (1678–1711)
  13. Emperor Karl VI (1 October 1685 – 20 October 1740)
  14. Archduchess Maria Elisabeth (1680–1741)
  15. Archduchess Maria Anna (14 September 1718 – 16 December 1744)
  16. Unnamed princess (1744)
  17. Empress Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (28 August 1691 – 21 December 1750)
  18. Archduke Karl Joseph Emanuel Johann Nepomuck Anton Prokop (1 February 1745 – 18 January 1761)
  19. Archduchess Maria Johanna Gabriela Josephe Antonie (4 February 1750 – 23 December 1762)
  20. Emperor Franz I Stephen (Lunéville 8 December 1708 – Innsbruck 18 August 1765)
  21. Empress Maria Theresa (13 May 1717 – 29 November 1780)
  22. Archduchess Louise Elisabeth (Vienna 18 February 1790 – Vienna 24 June 1791)
  23. Emperor Leopold II (1747–1792)
  24. Empress Maria Ludovika (24 November 1745 – 15 May 1792)
  25. Archduchess Maria Karoline Leopoldine Franziska Theresia Josepha Medarde (Vienna 8 June 1794 – Vienna 16 March 1795)
  26. Archduke Alexander Leopold Johann Joseph, Palatine of Hungary (Poggio Imperiale 14 August 1772 – Laxenburg 12 July 1795)
  27. Archduchess Maria Amalia Josephe Johanna Katharina Theresia (Florence 15 October 1780 – Vienna 25 December 1798)
  28. Archduchess Maria Christina Johanna Josephe Antonie (“Mimi”) (3 May 1742 – 24 June 1798) 
  29. Archduchess Caroline Ludovika Leopoldine (Vienna 9 December 1795 – Schloß Hetzendorf 30 June 1799)
  30. Archduke Maximilian Franz (8 December 1756 – 26 July 1801)
  31. Archduchess Karoline Ferdinanda (1793–1802)
  32. Grand Duchess Luisa Maria Amelia Teresa of Naples and Sicily (Naples 27 July 1773 – Vienna 19 September 1802) 
  33. Marie Amalie Josepha Johanna Antonie (Vienna 26 February 1746 – Prague 18 June 1804)
  34. Archduke Ferdinand Karl Anton Joseph Johann Stanislaus (1 June 1754 – 24 December 1806)
  35. Empress Maria Teresa of Naples and Sicily (Naples 6 June 1772 – Vienna 13 April 1807)
  36. Archduke Joseph Franz Leopold (Vienna 9 April 1799 – Laxenburg 30 June 1807) .
  37. Archduke Johann Nepomuk Karl (Vienna 29 August 1805 – Vienna 19 February 1809)
  38. Queen Maria Carolina of Naples and Sicily 1752 – 1814)
  39. Empress Archduchess Maria Ludowika of Austria-Este (Monza 14 December 1787 – Verona 7 April 1816)
  40. Duke Albert of Saxony-Teschen (11 July 1738 – 10 February 1822)
  41. Archduke Rudolph Franz (1822–1822)
  42. Prince Napoleon II of France (1811–1832)
  43. Emperor Franz II (Florence 12 February 1768 – Vienna 2 March 1835)
  44. Archduke Anton Viktor (31 August 1779 – 2 April 1835)
  45. Archduke Karl “the victor of Aspern” (1771–1847)
  46. Archduke Ferdinand Karl Joseph of Austria-Este (1781–1850)
  47. Archduke Franz Joseph of Austria-Teschen (Groß-Seelowitz 5 March 1855 – Groß-Seelowitz 13 March 1855)
  48. Archduchess Marie Anne (Vienna 8 June 1804 – Baden bei Wien 28 December 1858)
  49. Archduchess Hildegard of Bavaria (10 June 1825 – 2 April 1864)
  50. Archduke Ludwig Joseph (13 December 1784 – 21 December 1864)
  51. Grand Duchess Maria Anna of Saxony (Dresden 27 April 1796 – Schloß Brandeis, Bohemia 3 January 1865)
  52. Archduchess Mathilde of Austria-Teschen (25 January 1849 – 6 June 1867)
  53. Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria (1793–1875)
  54. Archduke Franz Karl (1802–1878)






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