Capuchin tomb Brno
The Church of the Finding of the Holy Cross, otherwise known as the Capuchin Church, stands in the center of Brno on Kapucínské náměstí, at the Cabbage Market just a short distance below the Church of St. Peter and Paul. Visitors go to this church mainly because of the tomb, which is located under the church. The bodies stored in it are a great example of natural mummification, and you too can look into the place of their last rest. You will also be greeted by the most famous "inhabitant" of the tomb, the famous Baron Trenck.
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Interesting facts Capuchin tomb Brno
The Capuchin tomb was probably built in the middle of the 17th century, when the cellars of the houses that stood on the site of the monastery were renovated. The dead were buried here across social strata, in addition to the Capuchin monks themselves, they were also their supporters and benefactors. This burial lasted until 1787, when Emperor Joseph II. forbidden to bury the dead in the middle of cities. The fact that the local bodies have been preserved by natural mummification is due to the suitable geological subsoil of the church and also to a very ingenious system of air vents. The oldest burial room is located under the main nave of the church and the brothers of the order were buried in it, out of 150 bodies, 24 of them have been preserved to this day. Their clothing consists only of a simple robe of the order, and even that is mostly still relatively well preserved to this day. Unlike the monks were buried the benefactors of the order, of which there were fifty, they each have their own coffin. Wooden baroque coffins are also almost all well-preserved and show the customs of burial in the 18th century. A massive metal casket with a glass lid is used for eternal rest by the most famous of these benefactors, František the free Lord Trenck. He became famous as a great adventurer and especially as a colonel of the Austrian Pandurs, a unit that caused fear. His coffin is stored in a special room that was built for that.
The Capuchin tomb has an entrance on the left side of the church, which it received during the last alterations in 1995-1998. It is open daily in the high season, except at least on weekends. Her visit is definitely an interesting experience.
Author: Martina Limbergová