“Death is the mother of beauty”

St. Marx Cemetery, called “Sankt Marxer Friedhof” in German and located in Vienna’s third district, was in use between 1784 and 1874.

It is around 60’000 m2 big and contains 5’635 graves.

Undoubtedly the most famous person buried in this cemetery is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), the Salzburg-born music composer.

When I visited Mozart’s grave last Saturday, I was struck by its simplicity. I was tempted to eat the chocolate ball lying beneath the statue, but guilt of both gluttony and grave profanation is something I could not bear.


Opening hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.


The quote in this post’s title is from Sunday Morning, a poem by Wallace Stevens.

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