29 June 2014

Hohenberg Crypt at Artstetten Castle

The Crpyt was build in the years 1909-1910. the direct reason for it was the deathbirth of a son of Ardcukde Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Sophie of Hohenberg in the autumn 1908. The dsmall coffin had been placed  in an entrance room of the Castle Church at Artstetten.After the Crpyt was build the small coffin was buried in a small room opposed the small Chapel. After Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Duhchess Sophie of Hohenbeerg where murdered at Sarajevo on 28.06.1914 they where buried at Artstetten on 04.07.1914. Already soon after the burial the Crpyt became an place of pilgrimate, Count Jaroslav of Thun and Hohenstein, the uncle and guardian of the3 children of the Couple, decided to give the place a more worthy impression.

The coffins of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Este and Duchess Sophie of Hohenberg      

coffin of Ardchduke Franz Ferdinand
of Austria-Este (1863-1914)
coffin of Duchess Sophie of Hohenberg, née
Countess Chotek of Chotkowa and Wognin

After the younger son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Sophie died in 1954 the Crypt was from 1955-56 enlarged under the Churchtower and the South-Terrace of the Castle. After it was finised he was reburied there. Later also his wife, his brother and his wife where buried there alon with some deceased grandchildren of the Archduke and the Duchess. 

The coffins of Duke Maximiliand and Duchess Elisabeth of Hohenberg

coffin of Duke Maximlian of Hohen-
berg (1902-1962)
coffin of Duchess Elisabeth of
Hohenberg, née Countess of Waldbug zu
Wolfegg and Waldsee (1904-1993)

coffins of fürst Ernst and Fürstin Marie Therese of Hohenberg   

coffin of Fürst Ernst of Hohen-
berg (1904-1954)
coffin of Fürst Marie Therese of
Hohenberg, née Wood (1910-1985)

Burial place of Duke Franz Ferdinand of Hohenberg (1927-1977)

Burial place of Fürst Johannes of Hohenberg (1933-2003)

Burial place of Fürst Franz Ferdinand of
Hohenberg (1937-1978)

Artstetten Castle

The building who as first mentioned in 1263 belonged until the 15th Centhury to the Family von Aerendorf. After several changes of ownershiop it was in 1823 bought by Emperor Franz I. of Austria. From him it went to his oldest son Emperor Ferdinand I. and in 1852 it was acquired by his younger brother Archduke Franz Karl. Arcduke Franz Karl gifted in in 1861 to his younger son Archduke Karl Ludwig. Archduke Karl Ludwig sold the Caslte in 1866 to his older brother, Archduke Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico but after he assainated in Mexico it went back to him. On 01.04.1889n Archduke Karl Ludwig gave the Castle as a gift to his oldest son Archduke Franz Ferdinand the future Heir of the throne. Archduke Franz Ferdinand used the Castle only seldom only after tghe Crypt was buidl he got more Interest on the Castle. In 1913-14 the Castle was renovated and modernized. After Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his morgantic wife Duchess Sophie of Hohenberg where murdered at Sarajevo on 28.06.1914 the Castle went to their oldest son Max. He used it as his main residence. After the connection to Germany in 1938 Duke Maximilian of Hohenberg was expropriated and deported with his brother Fürst Ernst as one of the first austrian's in the Dachau concentration camp. The dispossessed family posession went after the time of National Socialism to the Republic of Austria. In 1949 the Republic of Austria restituted the Castle back to Duke Maximilian. After his death in 1962 the Castle was inherited by his oldest son Duke Franz Ferdinand. After Duke Franz Ferdinand's death the Castle was inherited by his widow Duchess Elisabeth, née Princess of Luxembourg who in 1983 gave it to her oldest daughter Fürstin Anita of Hohenberg. Fürstin Anita and her first husband the french Comte Romee de La Poeze d'Harambure renovated the Castle and opened an Franz-Ferdinand Museum in some roomes of the Castle.After it became soon an huge sucees it was later expanded. Since 2003 the Castle and it posessions belong to the "Anita-Hohenberg-foundation".




15 June 2014

civil Wedding of the Hereditary Prince of Isenburg

The civil Wedding of Hereditary Prince Alexander of Isenburg and Dr. Sarah Lorenz took place yesterday, Saturday 14.06.2014 at 12h30 in the Stucco Hall of Birstein Castle. After the Wedding they came out of the Castel and posed for the photographers. It was said there that the religious Wedding will be in 4 Weeks at the Ladie Island in the Chiemsee.