Vault of P.Kh. Wittgenstein’s Family

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Vault of P.Kh. Wittgenstein’s Family

The family vault of Prince P.Kh. Wittgenstein, an outstanding Russian commander and Hero of the Patriotic War of 1812, was constructed in 1840 underneath the building of the Lutheran Church. Within the crypt walls are niches for the burials; the crypt itself is decorated with columns and has a vaulted ceiling. It is known that the vault contained the coffins of Petr Khristianovich himself, his wife Antonina Stanislavovna, their daughter Emilia Petrovna Trubetskaya and other family members. There was also a silver vessel with the heart of Lev Petrovich Wittgenstein, their son who died in Germany. The coffins with the bodies of the deceased were stored in the niches walled with the marble tombs. The plates bore the last name, Christian name, patronymic, date of birth and death. Currently, only one tomb is preserved – of Antonina Stanislavovna Wittgenstein (Snarskaya). In 1934, the church was closed, as many churches were, while the family vault was desecrated several years later. At present the place of the Wittgenstein family members’ remains is unknown.

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