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Location address: Österreich, Eisenstadt (Stadt), Eisenstadt
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As Austria was at war and the Viennese capital occupied by Napoleon’s troops, a rather simple burial for composer Joseph Haydn took place in the Hundsthurm churchyard in Gumpendorf, Vienna.
In 1820, Prince Esterhazy commanded to move the body to the church at Eisenstadt.
A memorial plaque points out that Joseph Haydn’s remains were transported to the Bergkirche in Eisenstadt on November 6, 1820 . Haydn’s skull was stolen a few days after his death – by one of his admirers. For about 60 years the head was stored in a cupboard in the Museum of the Vienna Academy of Music. His head was reunited with the rest of his body in 1954. This endend a 145 year long burial process. A final detail : the composer’s skull was finally restored to the remainder of his skeleton, the substitute skull was not removed. Thus Haydn’s tomb now contains two skulls.
You can see Haydn’s tomb in the Bergkirche, built much later, in 1932.