Mausoleum Kretschmer

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The mausoleum Kretschmer is the largest civil grave monument in northern Europe. It was built in 1905 by the son of the wealthy businessman Johann Heinrich Freiherr von Schröder in the neo-romantic style. The octagonal central building of red sandstone has an opulent diameter of 17.6 meters and holds overall 24 crypt cells. The building is situated on a small hill not far from the marble sculpture "The Fate" by Hugo Lederer. The reinforced concrete dome is supported by six columns and two pillars, the floor is decorated with a large, star-shaped pattern. The mausoleum is also equipped with a large number of interesting stained glass and elaborate ornamentation. In the entrance area, there is a crucifixion scene and in the opposite the birth of Jesus. Many images are now badly damaged, some are even missing.

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