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Central Cemetery Vienna

By bliba  
Who would have thought that of all places Vienna's largest cemetery would break with Catholic traditions? The interdenominational character of the Central Cemetery was already decided during the planning in 1863. Nine years later, despite massive protests, the Necropolis was inaugurated as a cemetery for all religions. Since then, Jews lie here next to Christians, Buddhists next to Muslims and atheists next to Orthodox believers. But this is not the only historical curiosity that the City of the Dead has to offer:

Fire hall Simmering: At the beginning of the 20th century the first Viennese after their death wanted to be burned. In 1921 the Social Democrats approve the construction of the fire hall Simmering. However, the Vatican's official approval of the cremation is not granted until almost 50 years later.
Tube mail for corpses: Since the kilometre-long corpse transports that run daily from Vienna to Simmering are a thorn in the side of the residents, architect Josef Hudetz and engineer Franz von Felbinger design a pneumatic system for efficient corpse transport. However, the corpse pneumatic tube system is never put into practice.
Funeral tram: During the Second World War, the world's only funeral tram is built in Vienna that carries its sad cargo to Simmering several times a day.

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mac Plus
19 8 Scotland
10 Aug 2020 4:50PM
A fascinating story to go with the images. Good capture and suits black and white treatment.
10 Aug 2020 4:55PM
must be bursting with photographic value, this cemetery.. and i am completely fascinated by the pneumatic cadaver transport project..
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2267 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2020 5:05PM

Quote:a pneumatic system for efficient corpse transport.

I love that idea.
A couple of asides.
Vienna may have the only funeral tram, but London had the London Necropolis Railway Station. After the capital's cemeteries were rationalised and burials were moved to sites in the suburbs, you could book a package - rail transport for the cortege, service and interment. Prices according to the class of booking...
Plus regarding acceptance of other faiths: after WW1 our town's war memorial, a lych gate at the church with plaques listing the dead, was paid for by public subscription. But the Bishop of Newcastle decreed that only the names of serving Anglicans could be recorded. It took a hundred years, but recently new plaques were added with the missing names.
I almost forgot to say, a beautiful and graceful image.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
10 Aug 2020 6:12PM

I am astonished!
woolybill1 Plus
13 34 76 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2020 6:20PM
Very lovely, and an interesting introduction. Such wonderful places!
10 Aug 2020 6:41PM
Interesting read and followed up with a fine image, Oliver.SmileSmile
Alfie_P Plus
13 682 2 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2020 7:03PM
Splendid mono / b&w image plus great info Ollie 😊😊

10 Aug 2020 8:48PM
Lovely work, Ollie.
Minty805 Plus
4 35 6 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2020 9:18PM
Great work, with a fascinating read.
capto Plus
8 6.4k 21 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2020 9:54PM
Fascinating stuff.Smile
Great story thanks Oliver.
Fefe Plus
8 50 34 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2020 10:56AM
Lovely shot Oliver Smile
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2020 11:28AM
Extraordinary resting place... So much beauty Ollie...
Good informative write up as well. Isabel GrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
11 Aug 2020 12:20PM
Strange how we find cemeteries so fascinating! Interesting story, Ollie to go with this fine image 👍
Trev 😀
11 Aug 2020 1:18PM
Interesting story and fine image - love the high contrast treatment
11 Aug 2020 2:26PM
Beautifully taken and composed, the light over the sculptures and the gravestones is very mystical.
A very interesting and informative caption as well.

dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1699 England
11 Aug 2020 5:22PM
Beautiful and ethereal. Between worlds...
12 Aug 2020 6:08AM
Excellent view point, Ollie.


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