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"Sensation find": Researchers explore the tomb of Friedrich III.


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Vienna (dpa) - In the tomb of Emperor Frederick III. (1415-1493) in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, among other things, a coronet, a scepter and an orb are located next to the corpse.

Scientists have succeeded in using small cameras to explore the interior of the last untouched imperial tomb in Europe. The participating experts described the find as presenting the results on Friday in Vienna as a "sensation".

The scientists already risked looking into the magnificent tomb in 2013, but the images and samples had to be analyzed in a costly manner. The researchers used for their work a small hole that had been drilled in 1969 in the grave. At that time one wanted to refute rumors that the grave was empty. During the research 500 years after the emperor's final burial (1513), the scientists found clues to this hole - and from then on used it as an entrance for lighting and the smallest cameras.

In addition to the insignia, the researchers found so specially embossed coins, a large crucifix with a Jesus statuette and various textiles in the tomb. Probably made largely of gilded silver, the crown turned out to be the earliest surviving example of the type "coronet crown", which was to become characteristic of the House of Habsburg in the following centuries.

Frederick III. was the longest ruling head of the Holy Roman Empire with a reign of 53 years. In addition, he was the only Habsburg who was crowned in medieval tradition by the Pope in Rome in 1452 Emperor. The tomb of the emperor in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna is considered a major work of late Gothic. A complete opening of the tomb was not possible without destruction, the researchers said.

To Frederick III.

Source: zeit

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