The Dorothenstadt / French cemetery (Dorotheenstädtischer/ Französischer Friedhof)

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Dorotheenstadt/French Cemetery in Berlin-Mitte

The cemetery complex consists of two parts:

The Dorotheenstadt Cemetery (Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof) – consecrated in 1762, enlarged multiple times until 1862…

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Dorotheenstadt Cemetery in Berlin-Mitte- Jugendstil grave
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Dorotheenstadt Cemetery in Berlin-Mitte
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Dorotheenstadt in Berlin-Miite – neoclassical tomb

…and the French Cemetery (Französischer Friedhof) – opened in 1780 by the diaspora of French Huguenots, finding a safe haven in Berlin after fleeing persecution from their motherland.

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French Cemetery in Berlin-Mitte – a grave of an industrialist Peter Louis Ravene
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French Cemetery in Berlin-Mitte

Many of the graves are architectural wonders, spanning styles from neoclassical, through historicism, Jugendstil, to modern.

 

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Dorotheenstadt/French Cemetery in Berlin-Mitte – Jugendstil ornaments
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Dorotheenstadt/French Cemetery in Berlin-Mitte

 

It is a resting place for the who-is-who of the Berlin and wider German culture, including many actors, political leaders and prominent society members.

Among the people buried here are the philosophers Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel und Johann Gottlieb Fichte and writers Heinrich Mann, Berthold Brecht and Arnold Zweig

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Dorotheenstadt/French Cemetery in Berlin-Mitte
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Dorotheenstadt/French Cemetery in Berlin-Mitte

On some of the graves you can still see the damages from the battle of Berlin in World War II

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Dorotheenstadt/French Cemetery in Berlin-Mitte

See my other entries on churches/cemeteries in Berlin

Franciscan ruins: https://seeinberlin.com/2016/05/08/the-franciscan-monastery-church-ruins-in-city-center/

Michaelkirche: https://seeinberlin.com/2016/05/17/michelkirchplatz-pt1-saint-michels-church-sankt-michael-kirche/

See my other entries on Art Nouveau/Jugendstil buildings in Berlin:

Hotel Splendid: https://seeinberlin.com/2016/01/11/art-nouveau-traces-in-berlin-1-splendid-hotel/

Geisebrechtstraße: https://seeinberlin.com/2016/01/12/art-nouveau-traces-in-berlin-2-geisebrechtstrasse/

Gräfekiez: https://seeinberlin.com/2016/01/25/secession-in-berlin-1-graefekiez/

Tietz: https://seeinberlin.com/2016/02/02/berlin-brothers-tietz-shopping-mall-gebruder-tietz-jugendstil-art-nouveau/

Bülowstraße: https://seeinberlin.com/2016/02/16/u-bahn-station-at-buelowstrasse-art-nouveau-jugendstil/

Thomasiusstraße: https://seeinberlin.com/2016/06/07/apartment-building-at-thomasiusstrasse-art-nouveau-jugendstil-belle-epoque/

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