Today we visited Roland's most precious immovable property: two graves at the Zentralfriedhof. A grave at Zentralfriedhof is an expensive rotting place – almost more expensive than an apartment. On the other hand the apartments and the graves have at least something more in common: the landlord is often unreliable. Today you have to rent a grave. Back in time, when Roland’s great-grandfather bought this two graves, the City of Vienna was really happy to sell off the resting place in the middle of nowhere for an eternity or for the functional periode of the cemetery. In the beginning nobody wanted to bury family members in this large empty modern Zentralfriedhof far away from home without a chance to get there. Typical Vienna - starting a project without thinking about the infrastructure. Nothing changed since!
Let's talk about the landlord. A lot of graves were exhumed in the last years and the stones removed. It seems, there were nobody left of the families or no heir at all. Around the grave, where Roland's parents are buried, is now a lot of empty space. A couple of years ago, it was there was really no space between the graves. The graves were packed side by side like container in a harbor. I photographed some of the red marked graves. They will be gone soon too. I'm sure, we have to watch out, that his estate including his family won't be removed without further notice!
I saw a grave in another area, where the owner wrote a "hands off my property" note and glued it over the inscription of the stone. Seems to be a little odd, but I know for fact, that Austrians love to communicate with sticky notes at gravestones. Most of the time it’s something nasty.
We visited some of the oldest Ehrengräber (graves of honor) too. The charge free resting places for long dead - therefore helpless - VIPs was a very good idea to sell the unwanted burial grounds far away from the heart of the city to the VIP addicted Viennese.
Of course I took some more pictures of Ida’s grave.
Salieri – no, he didn't murder Mozart - died 1825 in Vienna and was buried in the Matzleinsdorfer Friedhof. His remains were exhumed almost 50 years later and transferred to the Zentralfriedhof. The charge free resting places for long dead (therefore helpless) VIPs was a very good idea to sell the unwanted burial grounds far away from the heart of the city to the VIP-addicted Viennese.
There is also a grave for the architect Adolf Loos - it's the last in this row. He designed his own grave stone. Because he was a child molester (nobody will say it aloud), his grave is not anymore a grave of honor, but called a grave of historic interest - as if another "tag" would change the facts! That are the moments I can’t decide #facepalm or #headdesk.
The weather was really dark and wet. It cleared up around noon and we could enjoy bright sunshine and blue sky for half an hour. I took some pictures with Tom's zoom lens as long it didn’t rain. I really enjoyed the visit, because I found some interesting garbage, odd graves and funny situations to photograph. Sadly I promised Roland not to post the situations.
A peaceful sunday after a hard week. Of course at the cemetery - where else?!