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Wien, 10. Bezirk, Triester Straße, Chiesa evangelica di Gesù Cristo, Iglesia evangelica de Jesucristo, l'église évangélique  de Jésus-Christ, The Evangelical Church of Jesus Christ – Evangelische Christuskirche | by Josef Lex (El buen soldado Švejk)
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Wien, 10. Bezirk, Triester Straße, Chiesa evangelica di Gesù Cristo, Iglesia evangelica de Jesucristo, l'église évangélique de Jésus-Christ, The Evangelical Church of Jesus Christ – Evangelische Christuskirche

Chiesa protestante di Confessione Helvetica, iglesia de las confesiones helvéticas, eglise des Confessions helvétiques, Church of Helvetic Confessions (Evangelische Kirche nach Helvetischem Bekenntnis H.B.).

Evangelische Kirche nach Augustinischem Bekenntnis A.B., la chiesa protestante di Confessione augustana, la iglesia de las Confesiones de Augsburgo, l'église de la confession d'Augsbourg, the church of The Augsburg Confession


Protestant Cemetery Matzleinsdorf

Evang. A.B. parish church, Christ Church

The Protestant Cemetery Matzleinsdorf is a denominational cemetery in the 10th Vienna's district Favoriten. It is located at the beginning of this street up to No. 1 in Matzleinsdorf space (Matzleinsdorfer Platz) and is bounded on the north by the Gudrunstraße .


After the deaths of the two Protestant confessions A.B. and H.B. had been buried in Catholic cemeteries in Vienna until 1856, it was decided to create a separate Protestant cemetery. It was purchased a plot of land lying in front of the wall line at the edge of the former suburban Matzleinsdorf for this purpose. On 7 April 1858 the new cemetery was opened. The cemetery chapel was built by the famous architect Theophil Hansen, it was consecrated September 27nd 1860. Originally belonging to Wieden cemetery came to the division in 1861 as the new district Margarethen. Since 1874, the area is one of FavorIten (10th district). Since there were discussions about the further fate of the cemetery again, subsequently, a Protestant cemetery was established in the Vienna Central Cemetery also. But the Protestant cemetery Matzleinsdorf has survived to this day, so both cemeteries are occupied. During World War II the cemetery was badly damaged in the course of the bombings of the Southern Railway, near which it is located.

Christ Church on the Protestant cemetery in Vienna Matzleinsdorf

Interior of Christ Church

The former cemetery chapel was in 1899 a sermon station and branch church where services were held regularly. Since 1924 it is the seat of its own Protestant community AB (Lutheran), the parish church of the Evangelical Christ superintendency AB of Favoriten Vienna.

The church itself was built in the years 1858-1860 according to the plans of Theophil Hansen. Its striking appearance is reminiscent of an Orthodox church. Hansen had been based to the then at the time prevailing of historicism Byzantine style. A large dome rises above the crossing. The exterior is characterized by exposed brick and is divided by profiles and cornices. Strong cornerstones are crowned by pinnacles. Originally above the entrance was located a fresco by Carl Rahl, which showed the angel at the tomb of Christ. This image was at the beginning of the 20th Century replaced by a mosaic on a gold ground, representing the Christ with a banner.

Inside there are a total of 35 angels, mainly on the column capitals, but including under the organ loft four large, carved angel prayer, worship, teaching and preaching symbolize and remember figureheads on ships. At the spandrels beneath the dome frescoes are the symbols of the Evangelists. In 1968, Günther Baszel glass window in the chancel, showing the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. 1971 was followed by the right and left of the altar room with four other glass window depicting the Resurrection of Lazarus, the young man of Nain, the daughter of Jairus, and the story of the rich man and Lazarus. After the death Baszels 1989, the remaining four windows were added after designs by E. Bauernfeind .

Tombs of important personalities

Grave of Friedrich Hebbel

Grave of Baron Karl

The Protestant Cemetery Matzleinsdorf has a large number of celebrity graves. Many celebrities are of local importance for Vienna, and some nationally important. One can find the graves of :

Heinrich Anschütz, actor

Friedrich Ludwig Arnsburg, actor (grave abandoned)

Rudolf von Arthaber, Austrian industrialist and patron

Baron Karl, Vienna original

Günther Baszel, glass artist

Karl Isidor Beck, poet

Friedrich Beckmann, actor

O. F. Berg, writer

Friedrich Ferdinand von Beust, the Austrian Foreign Minister

Carl Binder, composer and conductor (grave abandoned)

Henry Bornstein, theater director (grave 1941 eliminated)

Adam Noble Brandner of wolf tooth (Wolfszahn) , kuk Feldmarschallleutnant, Division Commander and military commander of Cracow

Karl Ludwig von Bruck, Austrian Finance Minister

Hans Canon, Austrian painter

Ada Christians, Austrian poet

Hugo Darnaut, Austrian painter

Karl Diener, Austrian geologist and paleontologist

Friedrich Dittes, educator

Christine Enghaus, actress, wife of Friedrich Hebbel

Emil Ertl, writer and librarian

Philipp Fahrbach, Austrian composer

Carl Faulmann, Stenographer

Charles Fichtner, actor

Alfred Formey, Protestant pastor in Favoriten

Gottfried Franz, Superintendent H. B.

August Förster, actor and director

Ludwig Gabillon, actor

Zerlina Gabillon, Actress

Andreas von Gunesch, Superintendent of Vienna, Lower Austria and Central Austria

Adolf Konrad Stein Hall, Burgtheater actor

John Hardy, inventor and entrepreneur

Justus porter, superintendent and chaplain advice

Friedrich Hebbel, German writer

Fritz Hellmuth, writer

Konrad Wilhelm Hellwag, civil engineer

Christian Heyser, Superintendent

Karl Wilhelm Hilchenbach, Consistory and superintendent HB

Theodor von Hornbostel, Austrian Minister of Commerce

Bela Jenbach Operettenlibrettist (light opera librettist)

Carl Karlweis, dramatist and storyteller

Oskar Karl Weis, Austrian actor

Johann Heinrich Knoell, District Director

Elizabeth Koberwein, Austrian actress (grave already abandoned)

Rudolf Koppitz, Austrian Photographer

Fritz L' Allemand, painter

Carl von La Roche, actors

Heinrich Laube, German writer and director of the Burgtheater

Edward Leisching, art historian

Gustav Leonhardt, secretary general of the Austro-Hungarian Bank and founder of the Compass Publishing

Julius Lott, builder of the Arlberg railway

Johann Mithlinger, resistance fighter

Robert Müller, essayist

Hermann Nothnagel, Surgeon

Ernst Pauer, superintendent and director of the Protestant theologicial educational establishment

Hermann Präuscher, animal trainer and showmen

Julie Rettich, Actress

Karl Rettich, actor and theater director

Adele Sandrock, Actress

Moritz Saphir, Austrian writer

Alexander Schoeller, German industrialist and big entrepreneur in Austria

Karl Julius Schroer, literary historian

Georg Julius Schultz , Baltic German physician and writer

Lorenz von Stein, economist

Hans Thirring, Physicist

Johann Wächter, k. and k. Konsistorialrat (councillor of the consistory) and superintendent

Charles Weinberger, operetta composer

Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher

Erich Wilhelm, Superintendent

Friedrich Wilhelmi, actor

Gottlieb August Wimmer, Pastor

Max Winter, Austrian journalist and Socialdemocrat

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