Monday 3 November 2014

And Mozart Wept
All Souls at St. Marx Cemetery

All Souls Day
St Marx Cemetery

All day long, fog was falling from the sky,
grey light on the gravesites in the narrower lanes

Somehow fitting for a day of remembrance
of those we have loved and lost

No bird song anywhere,
the sun and her yellow whip
beaten by dense fog

Yellow leaves, disarmed,
by the dreary light

The third image depicts the grave of Josef Madersperger
(1768-1850), inventor of the sewing machine .
the fourth one is a picture of the Mozart Memorial

The Biedermeier era cemetery of St. Marx
was closed as a burial ground 140 years ago, in 1874 -
it is open to the public throughout the year

Photographed in the afternoon
of All Souls Day, 2 November 2014
Images and Text © by Merisi
-> Joseph Madersperger - The Inventor of the Mechanical Sewing Hand
by Gloria Kaiser at the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota
-> Merisi's visits to Mozart's final resting place
-> Homepage of the City of Vienna: Cemetery of St. Marx with Mozart´s grave


  1. The Madersperger grave is missing the top of its gravestone, a wrought iron cross.
    I hope it was taken down for restoration and not by thieves.

  2. Some really fine autumn snaps here.

    1. Thank you!
      I was so grateful there were some bright leaves to embellish the grey day.

  3. Merisi, to my eye these photographs have honored the spirit of All Souls Day.

    Thank you. xo

  4. Absolutely stunning colors. A lovely place for a walk too.

    Mersad Donko Photography

    1. I felt a little frustrated that the day before was a bright sunny one, the opposite of what I encountered. Thank heaven the storms of the past week have left some brightly coloured leaves.

  5. Gorgeous colours, and Mozart's gravestone is an appropriate inclusion.

    1. A visit with Mozart is a must when visiting St. Marx! ;-)

  6. St. Marx cemetery has a special place in my heart. I discovered it soon after I moved to Vienna and ever since it's been a place where I find beauty and peace.

  7. Vienna always looks absolutely stunning.

  8. Oh my goodness, these are beautiful!

  9. You give fog an elegance and beauty that is stunning.

  10. so lovely .. i love walking in cemeteries


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