Catholic cemetery on Hermanstrasse

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The Catholic cemetery on Hermanstrasse in Augsburg is located in the Bahnhofsviertel . It is also known under the name Hermanfriedhof . The cemetery has about 10,000 grave sites and is approximately 4.5 hectares .

Cemetery seen from Hermanstrasse


At the end of the 16th century, the Catholics asked the Magistrate of Augsburg to have their own cemetery . This was granted to them by decree of July 27, 1599. The Hospital Foundation bought a garden for 600  florins and the following year a second garden from Mars von Rehlingen for 1,300 florins. At that time the cemetery was outside the city ​​wall in front of the Gögginger Tor , today it is in the middle of the city.

On November 19, 1600, the churchyard was inaugurated by Auxiliary Bishop Sebastian Breuning. In 1605 the church of St. Michael was consecrated. In 1799, the hospital foundation bought an adjacent field for expansion. On October 29, 1838, the newly built morgue was consecrated and opened.

The cemetery is divided into 16 grave fields. One grave area is reserved for members of religious orders, one for priests.


The cemetery administration in its current form goes back to the time of Augsburg as an imperial city. The Augsburg Catholic Cemetery Association as the owner was founded by the Catholic parishes of the time, which were located within the city wall. Today the Catholic church foundations Hoher Dom , St. Anton , St. Canisius, St. Georg, St. Maximilian, St. Simpert, St. Moritz , St. Ulrich and Afra , St. Wolfgang and St. Joseph are the bearers of the cemetery association.

Graves of famous people

The tombstone donated by King Ludwig II to his governess Sybilla von Leonrod
Riegele family grave

St. Michael cemetery church

Church of St. Michael in the Hermanfriedhof

The church of St. Michael was built in the cemetery from 1603 to 1605 . The ground plan of the church is oval. The building is assigned to Elias Holl and his brother Esaias Holl.

In May 1632 the church was devastated by the Swedes ( Thirty Years War ), the successor building was only consecrated in 1668. About thirty years later, in 1701, the church was badly damaged in the War of the Spanish Succession and then demolished.

With the help of the Fuggers , the church was rebuilt from 1708 to 1712 and consecrated on August 29, 1712. The tower (hexagonal with onion dome) and the vestibule (northern extension) were added, so that the building was largely given its current shape. The southern extension was added later.

The church building was very badly damaged in the Second World War. Only half a century later was the church furnishings completed again with the addition of the reconstructed ceiling fresco.


In 1772 Johann Josef Anton Huber painted the Last Judgment as a dominant ceiling fresco in the oval church building. The altar prospectus is made of walnut , the tabernacle in the form of a temple is integrated into the prospectus. It forms a harmonious overall picture with the side altars. The altarpiece is assigned to Johann Matthias Kager . It shows the Archangel Michael triumphing over the Archangel Lucifer.

Johann Georg Bergmüller painted the two monumental paintings Victory of Death over the Estates and The Resurrection of Christ . The representation of the four ages was painted by Franz Josef Maucher. In the building there is a way of the cross with 15 stations, which is also attributed to Johann Josef Anton Huber.

A Koulen organ built in 1911 is located on the gallery .

After the war damage, the ceiling fresco by Johann Josef Anton Huber had to be removed in 1951. During the renovation, which began in 1997, this fresco was reconstructed by Hermenegild Peiker (2000/2002) and thus recreated.


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Coordinates: 48 ° 21 '49.2 "  N , 10 ° 53' 27.7"  E