The Reconstruction of the Tomb Brought New Discoveries

The Capuchin Crypt in Brno recently underwent the most significant construction work since the time when architect Moritz Grimm expanded its spaces.

The complete removal of concrete floors in three halls of the crypt revealed part of the history that predates the Capuchin period. Under the concrete floors, remains of bourgeois buildings from the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries were found. Archaeologists discovered parts of supporting vaults, indicating the presence of additional cellar spaces below the crypt level. Multi-story cellars are typical for historical buildings in the center of Brno. Besides architectural elements, a variety of fragments of everyday items were also uncovered. Interestingly, two pieces of Renaissance portals, which the Capuchins used as stairs during the construction of the crypt, were found. Some of these discoveries are already on display in the crypt, while other items are still awaiting installation.

The original floors were likely replaced with concrete blocks in the first half of the 20th century. This modification, intended to simplify maintenance, resulted in increased humidity levels. Today, the old concrete floors can still be found in the last two halls, where replacing them is practically impossible due to the presence of the deceased.