schenna mausoleum erzherzog johann
schenna mausoleum erzherzog johann

Mausoleum at Scena

The neo-Gothic mausoleum was built as the burial place for the family of Archduke Johann of Austria.

At the west end of the church hill in Scena, an artificial terrace has been established and one of the oldest and greatest sacred buildings in neo-Gothic style has been constructed: the Scena mausoleum. The mausoleum and the Thurnerhof farm belong to the property of Scena Castle.

The sacred building was established between 1860 and 1869 by the Viennese architect Prof. Moritz Wappler as gravesite for the family of Archduke John of Austria (Erzherzog Johann, in German). 10 years after his death in Graz, in 1869, Archduke John, who already bought and restored Scena Castle and was a deep admirer of Tyrol, was brought to Scena and buried in the mausoleum.

The construction is made of sandstone and granite from Monte Ivigna, a striking summit high above Scena. The crypt is sheltered by a massive ribbed vault. This is where the marmoreal sarcophagus of Archduke John of Austria and his wife Anna Plochl, Countess of Merano, stands. By the way, this is also where their son Franz, Count of Merano, and his spouse Teresa, Countess di Lamberg, rest in peace.

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The mausoleum stays closed in winter, the summer season 2023 will start on April 4.

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