It's time for a visit to the Schwarzmander church and its historic black statues!
This time, as a suggestion for somewhere to visit, we would like to
acquaint you with the Hofkirche (royal court church) also known as the
Schwarzmander Kirche – or church with the historic black statues. It
is, after all, Austria’s most-visited cultural monument after
Schönbrunn Castle in Vienna!
The Hofkirche (royal court church) in Innsbruck houses the most impressive imperial tomb in Europe, the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I (1459 – 1519). He commissioned the tomb for himself and employed the most important artists of the day, including Albrecht Dürer.
Mighty Men & Famous Women
The 28 imposing and impressive over life-sized bronze statues which flank the high tomb represent Maximilian’s relatives and role models, among them Mary of Burgundy and Philipp the Handsome, as well as the legendary King Arthur and Theodoric. Although colloquially referred to as the Schwarze Mander (black men) there are also women among their number. However, the great emperor is not buried here, he found his final place of rest in Wiener Neustadt.