Hundsthurm churchyard


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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.

Following the burial, two men could steal the dead composer's head, to "measure" the mental capacities with aspects of cranial anatomy. They clamied that "the bump of music" in Haydn's skull was indeed "fully developed".

In 1820, Prince Esterhazy commanded to move the body to the church at Eisenstadt.



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