Hofkirche in Innsbruck Tour Guide:
Another of Archduke Ferdinand I’s accomplishments, the Hofkirche or the Court Church at Innsbruck, is a gothic royal church built mainly to house the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I, the Archduke’s Grandfather. Considered by many as one of the most prominent tomb memorials for an emperor in Europe, the Court Church exhibits exceptional workmanship throughout its interiors.
An ornate black marble cenotaph, adorned with a kneeling statue of the Emperor, graces the centre; 24 marble reliefs depicting accomplishments and important events of his life surround it along with larger-than-life statues of black marble that represent his blood and legendary ancestors. One of the ancestors depicted include King Arthur of England.
Opposite the entrance, a flight of stairs leads to the Silver Chapel, the tomb of Archduke Ferdinand II and his wife, Philippine Welser, marked by a silver-embossed wood Madonna and silver reliefs representing the Laurentanian Litany. Other notable highlights of the Court Church include the gallery with two dozen statues of saint protectors of the House of Habsburg and the 16th century original wooden organ, which is still in use.