The Hofkirche church is the pride of Innsbruck and Austria: the rich interior of the church delights even the most sophisticated tourist. When traveling around Austria, take a little time, visit Hofkirche - it has exceptional luxury inside and a rich history. The object was built in honor of Maximilian I by his grandson, Ferdinand I. The emperor became one of the key people who led to the throne and perpetuated the Habsburg dynasty. Famous architects including Albrecht Dürer worked on the church and sarcophagus, which occupies a central place here.
Brief History and Features
The construction of the church lasted 10 years - from 1553 to 1563. In 1578, a side chapel called Silver was consecrated: it contains a silver altar of Mary with three tusks of elephants and three hundred kilograms of ebony, as well as the grave of Ferdinand II and his wife Philippines Welzer.
Inside the church are tall columns of red marble, galleries, Corinthian capitals. The original walls of the gallery were made of sandstone, but after the earthquake in the 17th century were rebuilt in the Baroque style.
The high altar was designed in 1755 by the Viennese court architect Nikolaus Pakassi and decorated with the crucifix of Vienna artist Johann Karl Auerbach and bronze statues of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Theresa of Avila. The Renaissance organ was designed by Jörg Ebert of Ravensburg.
Sarcophagus of Maximilian I
It occupies the central part of the nave and has a number of features:
- Made of black marble
- Has 24 relief work in white marble
- In the upper part of the sarcophagus is a statue of Maximilian I, kneeling, and statues of 4 virtues.
Around the sarcophagus is a lattice of delicate work, on both sides of it there are bronze statues of the emperor’s ancestors: originally they were planned 40, but only 28 were installed. The statues are taller than human height, which is symbolic: it reminded the “mere mortals” of their insignificance and the legendary nature of family members Maximilian I.
Previously, it was believed that touching the intimate places of statues cured the corresponding diseases and ailments: over time, such places of statues became polished to a shine. Touching sculptures is prohibited today.
The entrance ticket to Hofkirch costs 15 € per adult and 12 € per child for tourists. The Innsbruck Card provides free entry to attractions.
- The organ has been preserved in its original form since 1560. It is the largest in the world of those that have not undergone changes from the date of foundation.
- Work on the creation of the sarcophagus took 80 years: it serves as a monument, since the emperor’s body is buried elsewhere
- Among the statues of the ancestors of Maximilian I - the legendary King Arthur
- The church houses the tomb of the national hero of Tyrol, Andreas Hofer.
The object belongs to the churches.