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Zentralfriedhof

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Exterior of the Dr. Karl Lueger-Gedächtniskirche, Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
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Situated in the district of Simmering, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 230-244, Vienna 1110, Austria, the Zentralfriedhof is the largest and most famous cemetery among Vienna's nearly 50 cemeteries.

Opened in 1874, this enormous cemetery spans 2.4 square kilometers with 3.3 million interred here. It is also one of the largest cemeteries in Europe.

The church in the center of the cemetery is named Dr. Karl Lueger-Gedächtniskirche. In addition to the Catholic section, there is a Protestant cemetery, a small Russian Orthodox burial area, and two Jewish cemeteries. Although the older of the two, established in 1863, was destroyed by the Nazis during Kristallnacht, around 60,000 graves still remain intact. Prominent burials here include those of the Rothschild family and that of the author Arthur Schnitzler. The second Jewish cemetery was built in 1917 and is still in use today.

Also interred in the Zentralfriedhof are notables such as Beethoven or Schubert who were moved there in 1888.

The musician Wolfgang Ambros honors the Zentralfriedhof in his song "Es lebe der Zentralfriedhof" ("Long live the Zentralfriedhof") in 1975.

Notables interred at the Zentralfriedhof (selection)

External links

fr:Cimetière central de Vienne

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