16 June 2009

Mausoleum on the Glockenberg, Coburg



During my recent teavel to Coburg i and my friends also made a Visit to the Burial Ground on the Glockenberg. With thanks to netty who had organized it we even got a guided Tour through the Ducal Mausoleum which normaly can not be visited inside.

The Mausoleum, was build in the years 1853-1858 on behalf of Duke Ernst II. for the members of the Ducal Family of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The building is in the shape of a three-nave romanesque Basilica. Insdie the Mausoleum there is a quadtratic Chaepl who is two stores high. On the ground floor there are 2 Crypt 's the northern Corridor Crypt and the southern Corridor Crypt. In the Norhtern Corridor Crypt are buried the Duke Ernst I. and his wifes Duchess Luise, and Duchess Marie. Duchess Luise was first buried in the parish Church of Pfeffelbach nr. Grumbach but in 1846 her Coffin was transferred to Coburg and aftter the Mausoleum was completed in 1860 her Coffin found there its final resting place. Also in the Nothern Corridor Crypt are the Coffins of Duke Ernst II. and Duchess Luise, née Princee of Baden and Prince Ferdinand and his wife Pricness Antonia, née Princess of Kohary and their youngest son prince Leopold.
In the Southern Corridor Crypt are the Coffins of Duke Alfred his wife Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, née Grand Duchess of Russia and their son, Hereditary Prince Alfred. Also their daughter Princess Vicotira Melita and her second husband, Grand Duke Kyrill Vladimirovitch of Russia where buried there but their Coffins where in 1995 transferred to the St. Peter and Pauls Cathedral in St. Petersburg
In a sideroom in the first floor is the Coffin of Duke Ernst Alexander of Württemberg.



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Statue of Duke Alfred near the Entrance


The Entrance Hall


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Coat of Arms

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The Chapel

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One the Side Walls of the Chapel are small
Busts of members of the Ducal Family


One the left side:
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Busts of Duke Alfred and Duchess Maria
Alexandrovna, née Grand Duchess of Russia


On the right side:
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Busts of Prince Ferdinand and Princess
Antonia,
née Princess of Kohary

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Busts of Duke Ernst I. and Duchess
Marie, née Duchess of Württemberg



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Busts of Duke Ernst II. and Duchess
Alexandrine, née Princess of Baden




Northern Corridor Crypt

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Double-Coffin of Duke Ernst II. (1818-1893) and Duchess
Alexandrine, née Princess of Baden (1820-1904)


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Coffin of Duke Ernst I. (1784-1844)


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Coffin of Duchess Marie, nee
Duchess
of Württemberg (1799-1860)

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Coffin of Duchess Luise, née Princess of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1800-1831)


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Coffin of Prince Ferdinand (1785-1851) and Princess
Antonia, née Princess of Kohary (1797-1862)



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Coffin of Prince Leopold (1824-1884)



Southern Corridor Crypt



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Coffin of Duke Alfred (1844.-1900)


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Coffin of Duchess Maria Alexandrovna,
née Grand Duchess of Russia (1853-1920)



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Coffin of Hereditary Prince Alfred (1874-1899)



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Until 1995 where here the Coffins of Grand Duke
Kyrill Vladimirovitch of Russia (1876-1938) and Grand
Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia, née Princess
Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1876-1936)



In a Sideroom in the first floor is the Coffin of
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Duke Ernst Alexander of Württemberg (1807-1868),
nephew of Dzuke Ernst I. and brother of his second wife,
Duchess Marie

03 June 2009

Ducal Wedding at Coburg - Dinner at Callenberg

The Evening of the religious Wedding a private Dinner for Family and friends took place at Callenberg Castle. We went again to Callenberg to watch the guests arrive there but this time most of the guests where driven up the Hill and only a few walked. We could recognize a fe as Duke Franz of Bavaria wo arrived as one the first guests and Fürst Alexander and Fürstin Nadja zu Schaumburg-Lippe (we could see that the Fürstin was wearing her Wedding tiara).


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Philipp von Miller zu Aichholz, Alexadrine von Miller zu Aichholz,.
Countess zu Castell-Castell (greaqt-grandaughter of King
Frederik VIII. of Denmark), Heinrich von Miller zu Aichholz
Michaela von Miller zu Aichholz, Countess of Schönburg-Glauchau,
and
Alexander von Miller zu Aichholz,


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Prince Georg Friedrich of Prusiaa, Fürstin
Katalin and Fürst Carl Christian of Wrede

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Countess Agate, Count Heinrich and
Countess Annette zu Ortenburg


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again the Family zu Ortenburgs this time
with Hereditary Princess Elisabeth zu
Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg


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Hereditary Princess Elisabeth
and Hereditary Prince Ludwig zu
Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg

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Hereditary Prince Heinrich XIV.
and Hereditary Princess Johanna Reuß


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Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor

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Duke Konstantin and Duchess
Tatiana of Oldenburg

Ducal Wedding at Coburg - german-american Evening

The Evening before the WEdding a gherman-american Evening took place in a tent beloow of Callenberg Castle. We travelled to Callenberg in the early afternoonand visited the Castle as it was open on this day. At the moment there is a big exhibition "New York New York" with of Photos of Richard Berenholtz which was opened by the bridal Couple a week before the Wedding. After we had visited the Castle we stayed below the Castle grounds which wehre closed off and could see the Guests arriving. Most of them came in busses and also in Cars. Most of the Buses stoped and the Guests walked on feet up the hill.

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The tent

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Prince Friedrich Konrad of Saxe-Meiningen


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Albert and Edda Darboven, née
Princess of Anhalt

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Duchess Tatiana of Oldenburg


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Countess Agathe zu Ortenburg


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Hereditary Princess Elizabeth zu
Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg


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Fürstin Anita of Hohenberg and
Count Andreas of Bardeau


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Michaela von Miller zu Aichholz, Countess of Schönburg-Glauchau,
Alexander von Miller zu Aichholz, Alexadrine von Miller zu Aichholz,.
Countess zu Castell-Castell (greaqt-grandaughter of King
Frederik VIII. of Denmark), Philipp and Heinrich von Miller zu Aichholz


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Alexander von Miller zu Aichholz with his wife
Michaela, née Countess of Schönburg-Glauchau
(cousin of Fürstin Gloria of Thurn and Taxis)

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Fürst Wolfgang Ernst, Prince Maximilian
and Princess Sophie zu Ysenburg and
Büdingen in Wächtersbach

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Hereditary Princess Johanna and
Hereditary Prince Heinrich XIV. Reuß

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Fürstin Chrstine of Isenburg

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Fürst Franz Alexander of Isenburg