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Sudfriedhof, Leipzig
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Südfriedhof is, with an area of 82 hectares, the largest cemetery in Leipzig. It is located in the south of Leipzig in the immediate vicinity of the Völkerschlachtdenkmal. The Südfriedhof is, along with the Ohlsdorf Cemetery in Hamburg and the Südwestkirchfriedhof Stahnsdorf in Berlin, the largest park-like cemetery in Germany.HistoryThe plans for the cemetery began in 1879. Initially it was created on an area of 54 hectares. Responsible for this were the horticultural director of Leipzig, Otto Wittenberg and the architect Hugh Licht. The conduct of ways is in form of a linden leaf, which reflects the Slavic name of Leipzig "The Town of the Linden", and fulfil the aims of Art Nouveau as a Gesamtkunstwerk.With the rapid development of the city during its industrialisation, incorporation of nearby settlements and the consequent steady population growth a new cemetery was needed. On 1 June 1886 the Südfriedhof was opened by Mayor Otto Robert Georgi after the Nordfriedhof (North Cemetery) was opened in 1881. Shortly after, the first burial was made and the grave is still preserved in the I. Division. However, this burial ground was very unpopular at first. Many citizens of Leipzig chose to be buried at the Neuer Johannisfriedhof (New St. John's Cemetery) but this changed when it began to fill up and the trees on the Südfriedhof became greater and the proposed park character was recognisable.
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  • Extensive parkland and architecturally unique old crematorium cemetery area. The building is worth - a look definitely please but still keep in mind that it is a cemetery - the rest should be maintained.
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  • In the spring/early summer bloom up to 10,000 azaleas and Rhrododendron. A sea of flowers. Landscaping exemplary maintained. Many hochintesssante tombs. A paradise for gardeners and current. And above all the elective perched battle monument. Absolutely worth seeing.
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  • Lovely cemetery of to the walk inviting, it is an oasis of peace and Entspannung.Tolle super many Baume is unusual and large tombs of known and famous people, also the flora and fauna and especially many rhododendron are shrubbery here.
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