Dorotheenstadt Cemetery, Berlin

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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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  • Our walk across this particular graveyard was special for me. If one which commemorate one very venerated, it is already a great feeling. The weather was also and so it was a great walk.
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  • The Dorotheenstadt cemetery is very small, surprised but with many interesting tombs. If you like to shoot, is here very well. In addition, it is of course a beautiful oasis in the bustle of Berlin.
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  • The cemetery is adjacent to the Brechthaus. Many people who worked in Berlin, found their resting place here. A beautiful place of rest and refreshments. Get strolls along the graves, and find many names of famous personalities. The cemetery is available since 1983 under monument protection. It's worth to work the many elaborate grave stones on a visit.
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