Melaten – Cemetery, Cultural Monument, Garden Art


Prologue

 

 

 

In 1810, the Melaten cemetery in west Cologne was inaugurated. During the 19th century the new cemetery developed into the most important burial ground in Cologne and had to be extended several times. The design was in keeping with a classical style. The graves were arranged in a grid pattern and the paths ran parallel and at a right angle. Even today, the way the graves are arranged reflects a piece of social history. The main paths were reserved for the wealthy and therefore were coined the "millions alleys". The graves there not only include important works of art but also convey a lot about the history of the emerging economic metropolis in the 19th century and also about its actors.

More recently, the numerous old trees have made the Melaten cemetery an inner-city green retreat.