squirrel on St. Marx cemetery: Cemeteries of Vienna
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A squirrel brings some life to the otherwise rather forgotten cemetery of St. Marx. In the middle ages, there were several cemeteries within the city walls (which ran approximately where you find Ringstraße today. In the late 18th century, under the rule of Emperor Joseph II, these cemeteries were dissolved and new ones were build in today's districts two to nine.
This was done just before the population of Vienna rocketed away - by the
mid-19th century, all the cemeteries of Joseph's age were sort of "overgrown" with
houses. New cemeteries were built and the old ones dissolved, until the Zentralfriedhof opened its gates. Today, the cemetery of St. Marx is the
only one of the Biedermeier-style cemeteries that is left - in fact, the
only Biedermeier cemetery in the World (although Biedermeier was somewhat
constrained to the German-speaking world).