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The Good Lord's legendary haven in CologneCologne
Le cimetière Melaten
Aachener Straße 204
Melaten Friedhof is the most famous cemetery in Cologne. It is rare to find such a mix of joy and sadness as you do here. The pre-Romantic charm, the numerous species of animals and the elaborate tombs are conducive to reflection.
The thousand facets of lifeThe name "Melaten" comes from the French word "malade" for sick. The cemetery is located on the site of a former leprosy institution. The official inauguration took place in 1810. The most prominent citizens of Cologne were quick to erect the most opulent tombs. The result remains impressive even today. All styles are represented, including what is known as the "Cologne gothic style". Anyone familiar with the Cologne Carnival won't take long to recognise that some of the representatives of this wild festive tradition have chosen this as their last resting place.
Each day that passes is a giftI like the peace that you find when walking through this protected landscape. By just looking that little bit harder, you can count up to forty different species of birds in this green setting. At the end of the day, bats join in the party. Melaten has a very special atmosphere in every season. The imposing sculpture that represents death is particularly impressive. The skeletal silhouette, depicted as usual with its scythe, looks over visitors from above. And this reminder of the hourglass of my life which runs unrelentingly towards a fixed end makes me appreciate each day that passes as a gift.
I've always loved Cologne. The city is industrial and romantic at the same time. I love my city for its galleries, classical concerts and elegant restaurants and its traditional and very trendy bars! My little extra: I love words, the arts and literature!