03 October 2015

Rosenhöhe Darmstadt


During my Stay in Darmstadt in June this year i also made a Visit to the Rosenhöhe and of course to that part of it where the members of the Grand Ducal Family are buried. 

When one comes to this park of the Park the first Grave on sees is that one of Princess Johanna (1936-1939) , the daughter of Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus and his wife Cecilie

A bit further cames the place where the most members of the Family are buried including those whioe lost their life at a flying accident a Steen nr Oostende in 1937.

In a row are the graves of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig (1868-1937), Grand Duchess Eleonore, n´+ee Princess zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (1871-1937), Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus (1906-1939), Hereditary Grand Duchess Cecilia, née Princess of Greece and Denmark (1911-1937) and their 2 sons Prince Ludwig (1931-1937) and Prince Alexander (1933-1937). 

Grave of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig (1868-1937)
Grave of Grand Duchess Eleonore, née Princess zu
Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (1871-1937)

Grave of Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus
Grave of Hereditary Grand Duchess Cecilia, née Princess
of Greece and Denmark (1911-1937)

Grave of Prince Ludwig (1931-1937)
Grave of Prince Alexander (1933-1837)

Before this graves is the joint grave of Prince Ludwig (1908-1968) and his wife Margaret, née Geddes (1913-1997)

A bit further down the way then comes the grave of Pricness Elisabeth (1895-1903) the only child of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and his first wife Victoria Melita.

Close to it is the New Mausoleum situated. It was build in 1903 by Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig for his parents. Professor Karl Hofmann from Frankfurt was planning the mausoleum in the style of the tomb of the empress Galla Placidia in Ravenna cruciform ground plan. In 1910 the building was completed. In it are buried Grand Duke Ludwig IV. (1837-1893, Grand Duchess Alice, née Princess of Great Britain (1843-1878) and 23 of their children, Prince Friedrich (1870-1873) and Princess Marie (1874-1878). 


Behind it is the Old Mausoleum.It built in 1826, designed by court architect Georg Moller in the classical style. The tomb was built for Princess Elisabeth (1821-1826)

The building is a three-part, symmetrical layout. The central building was constructed in the form of a simple cemetery chapel with triangular pediment and portico. The mausoleum is in the interior of a circular vestibule and a square chancel.
In the years 1869/70 the Old mausoleum has been extended to a design by Professor Heinrich Wagner. The mutually attached, symmetrical wings were together with the two lateral grave chapels, which are connected by colonnades to the middle part, adapted style architecture at Moller.
In the Old Mausouleum are among others the Grand Dukes Ludwig I. and Ludwig II. and their spouses buried, also Grand Duke Ludwig III., Prince Karl and Princess Elisabeth the parents of Grand Duke LÖudwigh IV. and several other Family members. 

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