16 June 2009

Mausoleum on the Glockenberg, Coburg



During my recent teavel to Coburg i and my friends also made a Visit to the Burial Ground on the Glockenberg. With thanks to netty who had organized it we even got a guided Tour through the Ducal Mausoleum which normaly can not be visited inside.

The Mausoleum, was build in the years 1853-1858 on behalf of Duke Ernst II. for the members of the Ducal Family of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The building is in the shape of a three-nave romanesque Basilica. Insdie the Mausoleum there is a quadtratic Chaepl who is two stores high. On the ground floor there are 2 Crypt 's the northern Corridor Crypt and the southern Corridor Crypt. In the Norhtern Corridor Crypt are buried the Duke Ernst I. and his wifes Duchess Luise, and Duchess Marie. Duchess Luise was first buried in the parish Church of Pfeffelbach nr. Grumbach but in 1846 her Coffin was transferred to Coburg and aftter the Mausoleum was completed in 1860 her Coffin found there its final resting place. Also in the Nothern Corridor Crypt are the Coffins of Duke Ernst II. and Duchess Luise, née Princee of Baden and Prince Ferdinand and his wife Pricness Antonia, née Princess of Kohary and their youngest son prince Leopold.
In the Southern Corridor Crypt are the Coffins of Duke Alfred his wife Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, née Grand Duchess of Russia and their son, Hereditary Prince Alfred. Also their daughter Princess Vicotira Melita and her second husband, Grand Duke Kyrill Vladimirovitch of Russia where buried there but their Coffins where in 1995 transferred to the St. Peter and Pauls Cathedral in St. Petersburg
In a sideroom in the first floor is the Coffin of Duke Ernst Alexander of Württemberg.



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Statue of Duke Alfred near the Entrance


The Entrance Hall


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Coat of Arms

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The Chapel

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One the Side Walls of the Chapel are small
Busts of members of the Ducal Family


One the left side:
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Busts of Duke Alfred and Duchess Maria
Alexandrovna, née Grand Duchess of Russia


On the right side:
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Busts of Prince Ferdinand and Princess
Antonia,
née Princess of Kohary

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Busts of Duke Ernst I. and Duchess
Marie, née Duchess of Württemberg



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Busts of Duke Ernst II. and Duchess
Alexandrine, née Princess of Baden




Northern Corridor Crypt

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Double-Coffin of Duke Ernst II. (1818-1893) and Duchess
Alexandrine, née Princess of Baden (1820-1904)


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Coffin of Duke Ernst I. (1784-1844)


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Coffin of Duchess Marie, nee
Duchess
of Württemberg (1799-1860)

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Coffin of Duchess Luise, née Princess of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1800-1831)


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Coffin of Prince Ferdinand (1785-1851) and Princess
Antonia, née Princess of Kohary (1797-1862)



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Coffin of Prince Leopold (1824-1884)



Southern Corridor Crypt



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Coffin of Duke Alfred (1844.-1900)


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Coffin of Duchess Maria Alexandrovna,
née Grand Duchess of Russia (1853-1920)



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Coffin of Hereditary Prince Alfred (1874-1899)



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Until 1995 where here the Coffins of Grand Duke
Kyrill Vladimirovitch of Russia (1876-1938) and Grand
Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia, née Princess
Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1876-1936)



In a Sideroom in the first floor is the Coffin of
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Duke Ernst Alexander of Württemberg (1807-1868),
nephew of Dzuke Ernst I. and brother of his second wife,
Duchess Marie

3 comments:

Kevin From Australia said...

Excellent photos - I was in Coburg in 1997 but obviously never got to the mausoleum let alone inside!!!

Rebecca said...

Some very wonderful pictures, very enlightening. Thank you.

I'll be returning often.

PrettySiren said...

Nice pictures! I bet that was a very interesting place to visit.