Dark romantic places
“Then a great beauty was revealed in him, so that all who after came there looked on him with wonder; for they saw the grace of his youth, and the valor of his manhood, and the wisdom and majesty of his age were all blended together. And long there he lay, an image of the splendour of the Kings of Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world“. (Death of Aragorn-The Lord of the Rings-Return of the King-Appendix I)
Dear readers, I have been already introducing you to the beauty of German, and especially Berlin´s cemeteries in one of my previous posts not long time ago: Berlin Cemetery Tour part I… today, going forward with the tour I will show you the second largest Jewish cemetery of Europe: Jüdischer Friedhof Berlin-Weißensee. The Weißensee Cemetery is located in the neighborhood of Weißensee in Berlin. It covers approximately 42 ha (100 acres) and contains approximately 115,000 graves. the cemetery was designed by architect Hugo Licht in the Italian Neorenaissance style and was inaugurated in 1880. It was inaugurated in 1880. The site miraculously survived the Nazism…
The mystic, the classicism echoes and the romantic decadence of this place is unbelievable. A living huge wood dragging you deep into the wildest wild, graves and nature become one in a fusion and syncretism of styles, from classic to romantic, and inspirations. The eternal peace has never been so eternal, silent, forgotten yet alive. The enchanted beauty of this wood, with it´s ancient trees and ivy, the white and black marmors like old ruins, the columns, the monuments and, as contrast, the tiny moss-covered graves lying deep into the nature make the the Weißensee Cemetery the most impressive wood and cemetery I have ever seen. If Tolkien was alive he would have chosen for sure this place as perfect representation of Rivendell, the Elven outpost. Photos can just partly describe the amenity of this site, just the true eyes can enjoy it in its huge complexity…
Care lettrici e lettori, come ricorderete, non molto tempo addietro, vi ho guidati alla scoperta delle bellezze dei cimiteri tedeschi e in special modo di quelli berlinesi in uno dei miei post precedenti: Berlin Cemetery Tour part I. Oggi, procedendo con il tour, vi presento il secondo cimitero più grande di europa: il cimitero ebraico di Weißensee a Berlino. Il sito, concepito dall´architetto Hugo Licht in stile neoclassico italiano, copre all´incirca 100 acri e contiene approssimativamente 115,000 tombe e monumenti funebri.
La mistica, gli echi classici e la romantica decadenza del cimitero lo rendono meta unica e indimenticabile. Un grande bosco caratterizzato da una vegetazione selvaggia, alberi antichi ed edera corona i monumenti funebri che appaiono come rovine abbandonate di un passato dall´eco classico e nello stesso tempo romantico. Un sincretismo di stili e ispirazioni, marmi bianchi e neri, tombe monumentali e per contrasto piccolissime lapidi ricoperte di muschio giaciono nella fitta vegetazione. La magia di questo connubio tra natura ed architettura rendono il cimitero di Weißensee uno dei siti più affascinanti che abbia mai visitato. Se Tolkien fosse vivo, ritroverebbe in questo luogo la perfetta rappresentazione di Granburrone, l´avamposto elfico. Le foto possono solo parzialmente illustrare l´amenità e la complessità di questo luogo…
we spoke already about a “path of light and darkness” in two of my previous posts: Jesus is Lady (discovering the true colors of Santiago De Compostela´s Old Town) and Berlin Cemetery Tour Part I (darkness and romanticism).
Still in the mood to discover other fascinating burial monuments and graves, I couldn´t miss the Hoenzollern Crypt in the Berlin Cathedral.The Hohenzollern Crypt contains 94 entombments from the end of the 16th century until the beginning of the 20th century.
Sadly I couldn´take much good quality photos in the crypt as it was very dark and the flash is not allowed. I decided then to show you a complete tour of the Berliner Dom, from darkness and death to light and heaven, from the crypt to the couple.
abbiamo parlato in precedenza di cammini fatti di luce e buio in due dei miei posts precedenti: Jesus is Lady (alla scoperta dei veri colori della “città vecchia” di Santiago De Compostela)e Berlin Cemetery Tour Part I (oscurità e romanticismo). Essendo ancora dell´umore adatto a riscoprire monumenti cimiteriali e tombe non potevo di certo perdere la Cripta regale degli Hoenzollern nel Duomo di Berlino. La cripta contiene 94 tombe dalla fine del XVI secolo agli inizi del XX secolo. Putroppo non ho potuto fare molte foto di qualità, essendo la cripta molto buia, ho deciso dunque di mostrarvi un tour completo del Duomo di Berlino, dall´ombra alla luce, dalla cripta alla cupola…
The Berliner Dom
The Altar and the Sauer Organ…
The huge pipe organ, built by Wilhelm Sauer
The Hoenzollern Crypt
Many artistic styles since the late-Gothic are reflected in these coffins some of which are very simple, some richly decorated.
Miniature of the Cathedral
Inhouse model of the church
Inhouse model of the imperial stairways
Plastics of the statues
Angels in front of the couple
Berlin, Invaliden cemetery… at the tree…“But Arwen went forth from the House, and the light of her eyes was quenched, and it seemed to her people that she had become cold and grey as nightfall in winter that comes without a star. Then she said farewell to Eldarion, and to her daughters, and to all whom she had loved; and she went out from the city of Minas Tirith and passed away to the land of Lórien, and dwelt there alone under the fading trees until winter came. Galadriel had passed away and Celeborn had also gone, and the land was silent.
There at last when the mallorn-leaves were falling, but spring had not yet come, she laid herself to rest upon Cerin Amroth; and there is her green grave, until the world is changed, and all the days of her life are utterly forgotten by the men that come after, and elanor and nimphredil bloom no more east of the sea.” (Death Of Arwen-Lord of the Rings-Appendix I)
In Berlin, more than in other countries, many cemeteries are planned as parks and visited from a large crowd of residents and tourists..
I recently got a nice invitation at the cemetery from a german gentleman and, a part from taking it with dark humor, I found it very romantic as soon as I have seen of what kind cemetery we are talking about…
Places of silence and peace, marmor and nature, wild Ivi, red roses and oak trees. A romantic syncretism between ancient and modern… classic suggestions and nature, a spectacle for the eyes and for the soul. You feel finally in peace and you fear death no more. Very german and wagnerian indeed..
Berlin, Dorothee Cemetery (Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof)
Berlin, Dorothee Cemetery
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel´s Grave…
Couldn´t imagin till now that one of the most famous philosopher lies near to where I live…
Berlin, Dorothee Cemetery
wearing Denny Rose black pants, a vintage black shirt bought in france many years ago. H&M feather earrings and one of my own creations:leash choker with black rose…
Berlin, Invalidenbrunnen. Fountain on the way from Dorothee Cemetery to Invaliden Cementry…
Berlin, Invaliden cemetery
Gerhard Johann David von Scharnhorst´s Grave
Prussian General. He reorganized the Prussian Army under Friedrich Wilhelm III, after its defeat at Jena by Napoleon. His grave was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
Berlin, Invaliden cemetery
The Invalids’ Cemetery (Invalidenfriedhof) is one of the oldest cemeteries in Berlin. It was the traditional resting place of the Prussian Army, and is regarded as particularly important as a memorial to the German Wars of Liberation of 1813-15.
” Wir sehen jetzt durch einen Spiegel in einem dunklen Wort, dann aber von angesicht zu angesicht”
”We look trough a mirror, in a dark word, but then face to face”