RS mausoleum erzherzog johann schenna und kirche
RS mausoleum erzherzog johann schenna und kirche

Archduke John of Austria Mausoleum

A unique neo-Gothic burial chapel rises in Scena right next to the Assumption of Mary Parish Church.

One of the most beautiful neo-Gothic sacred buildings of the 19th century is enthroned in Scena on the edge of the church hill: the mausoleum where Archduke John of Austria was buried with his family - "Mausoleum Erzherzog Johann" in German, "Mausoleo di Giovanni d'Asburgo-Lorena" in Italian. The building was constructed by renowned artists from Innsbruck and Verona according to the plans of the Viennese architect Prof. Moritz Wappler and presents itself slender and upwardly striving. Red sandstone and granite from Mt. Ivigna, the local mountain of Scena, were used.

On June 24, 1869, the "Styrian Prince", Archduke John Baptist Josef Fabian Sebastian of Austria, important Habsburg and promoter and moderniser of industry, agriculture and railways, was laid to rest in Scena. He died already 10 years earlier of pneumonia and was buried in a mausoleum in Graz. One year after his death, his son, Franz Count of Merano, commissioned the construction of the mausoleum in Scena: It was built in the cemetery of the parish church as a chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Nine years later it was finished. Archduke John was transferred from Graz and now rests very close to Scena Castle, also visitable, which he acquired in 1844.

Inside the light and colourful building with its slender lancet windows, you can now see a neo-Gothic tabernacle altar and a window with the family's patron saints: Saints Francis, John the Baptist and Anna. In the underground crypt chapel with its heavy cross-ribbed vaults are the marble sarcophagus of Archduke John and his wife, Anna Countess of Merano. Next to it are two other tombs for Franz Count of Merano, the only child of the two, and his wife, Theresa Countess of Lamberg. And how to reach the Archduke John of Austria Mausoleum? It has a car park, and Scena can also be reached easily and quickly by bus (e.g. line 231 from Merano).

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€ 5.00 adults
€ 5.00 children and young people (from 10 years on)

free for children under 10 years

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The mausoleum is accessible only during a guided tour: spring till autumn (March 30 - Oct 26, 2021), Tuesdays at 9.30 am (in German and Italian language) or during the historic and artistic village walk (phone: +39 0473 945669). Guided tours on request also outside the opening hours.

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