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Tu fui ego eris

I am fascinated by cemeteries and graveyards, especially the old and sometimes lost ones, and I believe that this fascination is not a morbid one.

Cemeteries are places full of art, and stories, and nature, and serenity, and they should be visited more often by all of us. They really are meant to be visited - why else were all these commemorative markers erected there, if not for people to look at them?

Besides cemeteries and graveyards, this collection will occasionally include other forms of memorials, like plaques, statues and whatever else I deem appropriate.
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September 2017

Looking back at the year… here's an image I took in September 2017. Turns out, I still have so many cemetery images to edit and share. :)

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Hidden Commemoration

Behind yew trees, a forgotten gravestone awaits.
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Botanical Garden Minden

I finally took the time to visit the botanical garden in the nearby city of #Minden, after I only recently learned that this garden was built in the location of a former cemetery, and that some of the gravestones still exist.

Compared to some other old graveyards in the region, this location has a very different, less mystical atmosphere.
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Stelae

at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in #Berlin.
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If this looks like a graveyard to you, that impression isn't really wrong.

These concrete blocks, now mostly overgrown by a forest, once formed the entrance to an underground mine which was used by Nazi Germany's arms industry. Several thousand inmates of a nearby concentration camp were forced to work in the mine, retrofitting it into an underground factory.

After the war, this entrance was blasted by allied forces, the rubble remaining as an eerie memorial to this day.
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Bureaucracy From Beyond the Grave

Here's a follow-up to my last post in this collection. Stickers like these have been placed on several of the old tombstones, stating that there's a safety hazard because the tombstones might fall over, and that the "holder of rights of use" is responsible for whatever happens.

Considering that many of the tombstones are close to a century old, and some even older than that, I wonder if there even is a "holder of rights of use" who even cares...
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Support

Something happened since my last visit to this old cemetery. Some of the headstones are now supported by logs, one of the entrances even was fenced off. Seems as if this cemetery is no longer considered safe.
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July 2016

Looking through my image archive of July 2016, there are so many images I still need to share - and perhaps I will share some more today. :)

This one, taken on an abandoned cemetery in #PortaWestfalica, Germany seems to be most fitting considering today's date, though.

Time flies! - enjoy the last hours of 2016, and a Happy New Year to all of you!

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April 2016

In April, I last visited this specific (former) cemetery in #Herford, Germany. Not used since the late 19th century, it is now part of a park. Although this is a very small area, surrounded by busy streets and a children's playground, the location with its slanted headstones still feels as if it belonged in a Lovecraft story.

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