Schatzkammer

Schatzkammer in German translates as Treasury (Chamber/Vault). In old times, feudal rulers would keep their most precious belongings in a guarded vault, most often in the basement of their castle. Today, the word is used only for museums in German-speaking regions.

* The Imperial Treasury "Schatzkammer" in Vienna. Located in the Hofburg Palace, the entrance is at the "Schweizer Hof" (Swiss Courtyard). The "Schatzkammer" houses a collection of 1,000 years of treasures. The display was completely renovated in 1983-1987. It houses the crowns and relics and vestments of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian Empire. The Holy Lance - reputedly the lance that pierced Jesus' side - the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire (a sacred symbol of sovereignty once moved on Hitler's orders), and the Saber of Charlemagne can be viewed. Also housed is the Burgundian Treasure, connected with the medieval order of chivalry, the Order of the Golden Fleece, the Ecclesiastical Treasury ("Geistliche Schatzkammer"), and the private collections of the Habsburgs.

"Please see Imperial Regalia and Austrian Crown Jewels".

* The collection of the royal regalia and treasures of the Bavarian Wittelsbach dynasty, housed in the "Residenz" Palace in Munich, Germany.

* The vast collection of the Wettin Monarchs of Saxony, kept in the "Grünes Gewölbe" in the "Residenzschloss" (Royal Castle) at Dresden, Germany.


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Imperial Treasury in Vienna

Literature

* Manfred Leithe-Jasper, Rudolf Distelberger. "The Imperial and Ecclesiastical Treasury". The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Vienna.

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