If you were of nobility how would you design your memorial? Would you opt for something regal but understated? A beautiful place where people could come and remember you surrounded by beautiful gardens? Or would you opt for a grand tomb in the center of a magnificent church surrounded by larger than life statues of your family members and ancestors?
Well if you were Maximilian I of Innsbruck your tomb you be the grand scale of the last option. In actuality, he didn’t make this decision but his Grandson Ferdinand I did.
Ferdinand designed and had built what is today the 2nd largest tomb in the world (the first being in Xian) which is located in the Hofkirche (Court Church) in Innsbruck.
The highlight of the Gothic church is the giant marble tomb of Emperor Maximilian. The tomb contains 24 marble reliefs depicting the Emperor’s accomplishments.
Embellishments were added in 1584 and include the wrought iron grille surrounding the tomb plus the kneeling emperor and the four virtues adorning the top.
Alas, after all the expense and effort Maximilian’s remains were never moved here. They are still in their original burial site in Wiener Neustadt, which is south of Vienna.