Cemetery IV of the Jerusalem and New Church Congregation

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Grave of Margot Leonhardt (1886–1904), who died young, rock-shaped stele
Rikard Nordraak's first grave in Berlin
Grave of Georg Wolff (1845–1904), merchant, with a sleeping Chronos by Hans Latt

The cemetery IV of the Jerusalem and New Church is located on Bergmannstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg . It was inaugurated on June 2, 1852 and has an area of ​​30,771 m².


Its boundary to the east is formed by the Luisenstadt cemetery , to the west by the Friedrichswerder cemetery . Together with these and Cemetery II of the Trinity Community , it belongs to the complex of cemeteries on Bergmannstrasse , which were connected to one another by breakthroughs a few decades ago. The neo-Romanesque cemetery chapel was designed by Louis Arnd (1846–1906). In this cemetery, too, there are a number of luxurious tombs, with which testators who have almost been forgotten today wanted to be clearly remembered.

Cemeteries I, II and III of the Jerusalem and New Churches belong to the cemeteries complex in front of Hallesches Tor , cemetery V is on Hermannstrasse .


When the congregation of the Jerusalemskirche , which with 1,366 seats was one of the largest in Berlin, lost more and more members as a result of the cityscape around 1900, it was merged with the congregation of the New Church and only used its church building next to the Deutscher Dom , known as the decorative tower. The building of the orphaned Jerusalem Church became the property of the imperial government, which sold it to the Romanian state in 1943 . He made it available to the Greek Orthodox Church . At the hll. The church, which was consecrated to Archangels Michael and Gabriel , had already been redesigned when a bomb attack on February 3, 1945 severely destroyed the building. After years of negotiations with the now communist Romania, the ruins were blown up and cleared away in 1961 in order to break through the Oranienstrasse in Kochstrasse . The Axel Springer high-rise on Axel-Springer-Straße has been nearby since 1966 . The former location of the church is marked on the floor. Because the New Church, which was damaged in the war, was located on Gendarmenmarkt in East Berlin and was initially not rebuilt, a new building was built in Lindenstrasse in Kreuzberg in 1968.

With the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, many community members living in East Berlin could no longer visit the cemeteries mentioned here.

Graves of famous people

(*) = Honorary grave of the State of Berlin

See also


  • Klaus Hammer: Cemeteries in Berlin. An art and cultural history guide. Berlin 2006, pp. 91-92, ISBN 3-89773-132-0

Web links

Commons : Cemetery IV of the Jerusalem and New Church Congregation  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual proof

  1. See Ilse Nicolas: Atmosphere of a Street in: Hans Wallenberg (Hrsg.): Berlin. Kochstraße , Ullstein publishing house, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna 1966, pp. 67–83, here p. 82

Coordinates: 52 ° 29 ′ 11 ″  N , 13 ° 24 ′ 14 ″  E