St. Marx Cemetery
The beautiful Biedermeier cemetery
was left to decay after its closing as a burial ground in 1874
It fell into a long Sleeping Beauty slumber.
The tomb stones and memorials started crumbling,
bushes and trees grew into impenetrable thickets
At one point, in the 1920s, the city even contemplated
tearing down the tombs and turning the whole area into a park
Thanks to the efforts of historian Hans Pemmer,
and due to the fact that St. Marx holds the mortal remains
of one of Vienna's most famous citizens, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
the cemetery was spared destruction.
It was renovated and opened to the public again in 1937
Photographed on All Saints' Day, 1 November 2015
Images and Text © by Merisi