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Dorotheenstadt Cemetery, Berlin

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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The Dorotheenstadt cemetery, officially the "Cemetery of the Dorotheenstadt and Friedrichswerder Parishes", is a landmarked Protestant burial ground located in the Berlin district of Mitte which dates to the late 18th century. The entrance to the 17,000 m2 plot is at 126 Chaussee Straße (next door to the Brecht House, where Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel spent their last years, at 125 Chaussee Straße). It is also directly adjacent to the French cemetery (also known as the cemetery of the Huguenots), established in 1780, and is sometimes confused with it.HistoryIn the second half of the 18th century, Berlin's population was growing and there was insufficient land for cemeteries because of pressure to build on vacant land and fear of epidemics. Prussian King Frederick II, "the Great", donated land outside the Oranienburg Gate of the Berlin Customs Wall for this purpose; 4 cemeteries were established, of which the French cemetery and the Dorotheenstadt cemetery survive. The Dorotheenstadt cemetery was established jointly by the two (Protestant) parishes in the early 1760s; burials began in 1770.Although initially mostly the lower classes were buried in the Dorotheenstadt cemetery, because of its proximity to Berlin University (founded 1810, since 1949 Humboldt University) and several scholarly academies (sciences, arts, architecture, singing), many prominent figures who worked and in many cases lived in Dorotheenstadt and Friedrichswerder have found their last resting place here.
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  • It is a City Cemetery, dating from the second half of ' 700 and expanded in early ' 800), interesting as many of the tombs inside it are an example of German architecture from that era. Rest in this cemetery different personalities of German history, including the architects Hermann Wentzel and Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht (with his wife Helene Weigel), the writer Heinrich Mann, the philosophers Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. All in all I consider it interesting, but not a must.
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  • Is one of the cemeteries where the graves of famous people such as the philosopher Hegel, is very impressive, architecturally graves are beautiful, even the newer ones, is to see
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  • Cemeteries perhaps from nature isn't the most enchanting places to see but there are exceptions here and there and finding a celebrity is always worth a walk. Anyway this is a true gem that you should...  read more »
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