The original Katholisch (Catholic) Cemetery in Bergheim on the Erft River dates back to the Franconian settlement named Bergheimerhdorf (settlement on a hill/mountain) in the late 400s A.D. The spot for what became the old wooden St Remigius Kirche and Cemetery was chose as the highest ground along the Erft River to avoid annual flooding.
The stone church building next to the cemetery was first built to replace the original wooden structure in 1175 and this church still survives as part of the present, with 1480, 1758 and 1897 additions.
Burial plots in St Remigius Cemetery (Friedof in German) have been reused over the centuries, as is the custom, with markers replaced as new decedents were buried. Presently some of the old gravestones can be seen along a paved walkway and garden, with markers from past reused grave burials implanted in the surrounding stone court wall as seen in the center of the cemetery photograph right (please click to enlarge). This custom is present in many old churches.
- Added: 18 Apr 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2639997
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