Bonn City Cemetery

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See Alter Friedhof, Bonn, Germany cemetery. It was originally called Bonn City Cemetery.

Bonn, a former capital of the Electorate of Cologne in the Holy Roman Empire and also of West Germany after world war II, maintains a burial ground that dates back to 1715.

Historians record that this cemetery was the first to be built outside the city walls with authorization of Elector Joseph Clemens as an alternative emergency cemetery for people killed by epidemics.

Today, the cemetery is situated in the city center surrounded by major roads, residential and commercial buildings. It provides relics of ancient history and reflects a picture of Bonn’s admirable spiritual and educational culture. The architectural style and sculpture designs make this old cemetery in Bonn very popular in the whole of Germany.

Redesigned in the 19th century to provide a melancholic mood to visitors, this burial ground is a permanent resting home to few of Germany’s most famous musicians and professors. Under Elector Clemens August, the successor of Elector Joseph Clemens, the cemetery was transformed in 18th century to a burial ground for poor people and soldiers.

Today, the artistic designs of headstones impress visitors and its sculptures provide unique glance in the lives of the people buried in the cemetery.

The portrait medal of August Wilhelm von Schlegel, one of the founding fathers of the University of Bonn, resonates Bonn’s academic history. Componist Robert Schumann and wife Clara also attract many visitors to this legendary cemetery.

The cemetery has stopped all further burial on the ground except for three reasons:

Firstly, if a relative of any of the deceased already buried in the cemetery passes away, an additional space can be created for the new deceased.

Secondly, all mayors of Bonn and their close relatives are privileged to be buried here.

Finally, long term residents of Bonn can win themselves spaces in the cemetery by choosing a grave and take the burden of regular care and maintenance until they are ready to be laid to rest.

The significance of this cemetery and its architecture has earned this cemetery the fourteenth place on Germany’s funeral award.

  • Added: 5 Mar 2016
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