Alter Südfriedhof

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Alter Südfriedhof
Alter Suedfriedhof-1.jpg
View through the cemetery, from the north.
Details
Year established 1563
Location Munich
Country Germany
Type Public (closed)
Size ?
Number of graves ?
North entrance
St. Stephan
Simon Freiherr von Eichthal's gravestone - he was the co-founder of the Bayerischen Hypotheken- und Wechselbank
Sebastian Gaigel: Two orphans and Bavaria bring flowers (possibly by Wilhelm von Rümann?)

The Alter Südfriedhof (Old South Cemetery) is a cemetery in Munich, Germany. It was founded by Duke Albrecht V as a plague cemetery in 1563 about half a kilometer south of the Sendlinger Gate between Thalkirchner and Pestalozzistraße.

History[edit]

The cemetery was established in 1563, during the reign of Albert V, Duke of Bavaria, for victims of the plague and located outside the city gates. It was also the burial ground of the dead from the Sendling uprising of 1705, in which over 1100 were killed after they had surrendered to the troops of Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor. From 1788 to 1867 it was the single collective burial ground for the dead of the city.

Notable interments[edit]

From 1788 to 1868 it was the only cemetery for the whole metropolitan area of Munich, which is why it contains the graves of several prominent Munich figures of that period.

Current use[edit]

The cemetery today serves as an Art and Cultural history monument, and is open to the public as an official Munich park. Most of the monuments, which suffered from exposure to weather and pollution, have been renovated and cleaned, in a three year project (2004–2007). The St. Stephan's church has also been renovated.

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Coordinates: 48°07′38″N 11°33′54″E / 48.1272°N 11.565°E / 48.1272; 11.565