Cemetery chapel (Böckingen)

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Cemetery chapel in Heilbronn-Böckingen
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The cemetery chapel in Böckinger cemetery in Heidelberger Straße 60 is available as part of the cemetery, which is a cultural monument is under monument protection .


Cemetery chapel during construction in 1905

When a new cemetery was laid out on Heidelberger Strasse in 1905, a cemetery chapel was erected there as an eclectic sacred building according to plans by Karl Tscherning , with neo-Romanesque and classicist architectural styles merging . After 1918, a war memorial (name plaques) for the Böckinger fallen soldiers of the First World War 1914–1918 was installed inside the funeral room.

The chapel was not only used for funerals. After 1945 and until the inauguration of the Resurrection Church in 1959, the chapel was also used as a place of worship for the Böckingen parish in the third district. Pastor Zimmermann noted in February 1949: "We have (...) children's services: In the church we register 900 children in three departments and in the Church of the Resurrection (cemetery chapel) 500 children."

From 1966, there was a lack of space in the Böckinger Friedhof as well as in the Klingenberg Friedhof. That is why the Westfriedhof between Klingenberg and Böckingen in the Gewann Neipperger Weg was created in 1978 for both places . At present, however, burials are still taking place in existing family graves or reserved urn graves in the Böckinger Friedhof. The chapel is therefore still used for funeral services.

Building description


The arched frieze on the gable side and below the entablature at the roof approach may be considered Neo-Romanesque . Furthermore the portal on the left with the columns. At the crossing , the intersection of the transverse and nave , there is a roof turret in the neo-Romanesque style on the floor plan of an octagon .


The processing and edging of the building corners with pilasters made of brick may be considered classical . The “pilaster heads” and the capitals are shaped in an entablature . This entablature imitates the cornice or geison of ancient Hellenistic temples .

Art Nouveau

Hennze even assigns the window frames , portals and the details of the facade that are plastered to Art Nouveau .


Individual evidence

  1. http://www.heilbronn.de/bue_rat/presse/pm_06/09_06/
  2. ^ Böckingen am See , page 363: The Protestant parishes
  3. ^ Bernhard Lattner with texts by Joachim J. Hennze: Stille Zeitzeugen. 500 years of Heilbronn architecture . Edition Lattner, Heilbronn 2005, ISBN 3-9807729-6-9 , p. 48

Web links

Commons : Cemetery Chapel  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 49 ° 8 ′ 43.2 "  N , 9 ° 11 ′ 17.7"  E