Rapa, Poland

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Rapa is located in Poland
Coordinates: 54°19′N 22°1′E / 54.317°N 22.017°E / 54.317; 22.017
Country Poland Poland
Voivodeship Warmian-Masurian
County Gołdap
Gmina Banie Mazurskie

Rapa [ˈrapa] (German: Angerapp, from 1938-45 Kleinangerapp) is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Banie Mazurskie, within Gołdap County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, in northern Poland, close to the border with the Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia.[1] It lies approximately 9 kilometres (6 mi) north of Banie Mazurskie, 20 km (12 mi) west of Gołdap, and 116 km (72 mi) north-east of the regional capital Olsztyn.

The village existed in the early seventeenth century. In 1750, the owner Jacob John Hoffmann built a palace, taken in 1793 by Johann Friedrich Wilhelm von Fahrenheid. Before 1945, the area was part of Germany (East Prussia).

Fahrenheid Mausoleum[edit]

The Pyramid

In 1811, a mausoleum was built in Rapa for the Fahrenheid family, designed by sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. The building is shaped like a pyramid with a height of 15.9 metres (52 ft) and is inspired by the architecture of ancient Egypt. The family members buried there were mummified. In 1945, the mausoleum was severely damaged by soldiers of the Red Army.[2]


Coordinates: 54°19′09″N 22°00′48″E / 54.3192°N 22.0133°E / 54.3192; 22.0133