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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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  • I really like the cemeteries, and this is definitely one of the nicest I've ever seen. A park that is also a cemetery with a large structure in the middle (I felt like some kind of Church but couldn't get everything was closed, SIN). This is the best place to hang out after being beautiful is Volkerschlachtdenkmal. I also wish a beautiful pond, I also caught a squirrel. Total relaxation, who wants some peace and quiet has found the right place. If I had more time I'd visited from top to bottom (very big). In the midst of nature you can observe the graves, some funerary statue, and so many little touches. Enjoy your visit.
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  • Being on top of the monument to the battle of the Nations, you might consider a beautiful castle, which actually turns out to be a crematorium at the cemetery. Very strange sensations
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  • A beautiful, old cemetery, which like a great Park, in which old gravestones and tombs are. Definitely worth a visit.
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