Sepulchral Chapel on Württemberg Mountain

The inscription over the entrance to the vault which houses the double Carrara marble sarcophagus translates as "Love never dies". The tomb is the resting place of Queen Katharina, who died at an early age, and King Wilhelm I who was buried here in 1864.

The then Crown Prince Wilhelm and his cousin Katharina Pawlowa, Grand Duchess of Russia, were married in 1816. Katharine died just three years later at the age of 30. Wilhelm had the Sepulchral Chapel built for his adored wife on Württemberg Mountain, which had formerly been the site of the ancestral castle of the Württembergs (11th Century).

Inside the chapel, built in the Classicist style, the wall niches are occupied by colossal statutes of the four Evangelists. Court sculptor Johann Heinrich Dannecker produced these statues with the aid of his pupil Theodor Wagner using Carrara marble.

The Sepulchral Chapel was used from 1825 to 1899 for Russian Orthodox worship. Still today, the Russian Orthodox community attends the "Service on Württemberg Mountain" here every Whit Monday. The Chapel affords a glorious view over the idyllic winegrowing district of Uhlbach and the Neckar Valley with Stuttgart Harbour.

Outside view of the Sepulchral Chapel.Vergrößern
Outside view of the Sepulchral Chapel. Photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten

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