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  Cemetery with gate tower
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  • Cemetery with gate tower - Halle
      Cemetery with gate tower
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  • Cemetery walls from the outside - Halle
      Cemetery walls from the outside
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  • Burial chapels and grave field - Halle
      Burial chapels and grave field
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  • Grave field towards gate tower - Halle
      Grave field towards gate tower
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Halle's old cemetery was built outside the city walls in the second half of the 16th century. The architect of the city, Nickel Hofmann, planned it in 1557.
The renaissance building follows the model of Italian camposanti. A wall, 5-6 metres high, surrounds all four sides so that it looks almost like a fortification from the outside. A small tower marks the entrance.

Inside, the cemetery is surrounded by a row of vaulted burial chapels, 94 in total. All the wealthy and/or famous citizens of Halle are buried here. The field in the middle is also filled with graves, shaded by trees. Since 2001 the cemetery has been reopened for new burials, too, so there are also new graves in it.

World War II bomb raids caused heavy damages. In the 1950s only the southern wing was partly repaired. The rest was left to decay until 1990. Thanks to private donations the cemetery was restored to its former beauty in 1991-2003.
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This type of cemetery is more or less unique in central Europe. It is a quiet oasis of peace in the busy city. The architecture is beautiful. Go and see it - entry is free. It is open in the daytime, unfortunately I forgot to note the exact opening hours.

Directions: The cemetery is hard to find if you don't know where to look for it. It is outside the actual city centre close to Leipziger Turm - from the tower, follow either one of the two small streets that lead uphill and you'll see it after the next corner.

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  • Updated Apr 18, 2009
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