Frederick the Third (1415-1493) is the first Holy Roman Emperor to be photographedâ€”five and a quarter centuries after his deathâ€”from a crack in his tomb in the Cathedral of St. Stephen in the heart of Vienna.
The cathedral’s architectural team (DombauhÃ¼tte) threaded an endoscopic camera in an existing test hole in order to examine a tomb whose contents had been commissioned thirty years before Frederick’s death.
Nested in a glazed ceramic sarcophagus and bedecked in fine velvet wrappings, Frederick’s imperial head is adorned with a mitered enamel crown and lies on a pillow of gold brocade; his hands grasp imperial scepter and orb. The inner wall panels frame embossed gold plaques.
Gallery of 9 photos.
RTWT (in German)