Göttlesbrunn Off The Beaten Path

  • Lonely graves covered with snow
    Lonely graves covered with snow
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    Tombstones
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    The cemetary (2)

    by MEdelmann Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    Lonely graves covered with snow


    And after the visit on our grave I went (or should I better say "plod") around a little bit, to take pictures of the graveyard and the snow-covered graves.

    Göttlesbrunn is just a small village and it is really unbelievable how many people are always there (even if you don't see them on my pictures). Everybody knows everybody and some ask me what I am doing here ... with the photo camera ...

    and I explained them what someone could do with a photo camera .... taking pictures of corse ...

    but it is unintelligible for many people why someone takes pictures in the graveyard in the own village - and the more I think about it, the more they are right ...

    :-))

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    by MEdelmann Updated Jul 5, 2003

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    The cemetary covered with snow


    In normal cases the cemetary is not really a "must-see" but it becomes wonderful in winter when all the graves are covered with snow.

    In January 2003 we had large amounts of it, after some snowless years. So I decided on this sunny Saturday afternoon to make a visit at my died relatives.

    And of corse I took my camera with me !!

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    The graveyard chapel

    by MEdelmann Updated Jul 5, 2003

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    The chapel


    This is the graveyard chapel and the grave in the forefront of the chapel was one of the parsons of Göttlesbrunn. So he became a special grave here.

    The chapel is also place where people come and pray for their died relatives. Some of them also light on a candle to remind to them and it looks great in the evening when it is getting dark ....

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    by MEdelmann Updated Jul 5, 2003

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    Cemetary and church


    Here you can see snow-covered graves and the church tower in the background. So after the visit in the cemetary I wanted to walk into the parish church to take pictures from inside, but unfortuneatly it was closed during the day and I head no key ....

    So I went home and on the way I shot some pictures otherwhere. And always the people ask about the photography. It is really amazing how curious they are ....

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    by MEdelmann Updated Jul 5, 2003

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    Graves


    ... and while some of these bone-houses will simply mix the bones on a big heap, places like Hallstatt will carefully decorate the headbones with tatoos, showing the name of the dead people, and sort them in a way that family members are found each other ...

    That is very interesting in my opinion ...

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    by MEdelmann Updated Jul 5, 2003

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    Here in Göttlesbrunn the dead bodies remain inside the graves, as long as their relatives will pay the fee for the graves. And if the family has no interest anymore, the old graves will removed to get more space for new graves. This is the most common system in Austria, I would say ....

    In other places like Dürnstein or St. Michael in the Wachau-valley the bones of the people will be undug after only a few years inside the graves and stored inside a seperate bonehouse ....

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    by MEdelmann Updated Jul 5, 2003

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    Tombs with the church and the cemetary chapel


    The cemetary of Göttlesbrunn looks so peaceful and silent in winter ... but I have to say that I like graveyards in general. They are very versatile and tell a lot about dead people ... and in many cases they are also a kind of museum.

    It is very amazing that in a small country like Austria there are so many ways to bury dead people ....

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    by MEdelmann Updated Jul 5, 2003

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    Tombstones


    And the graveyard is also a meeting point of people to discuss about politics, the social status of some families, and of corse also about secrets, which other people should not know in normal cases ....

    BUT: If someone of a family with such secrets tells that to a wrong person, it is shure that just next day the whole village will know it ....

    So, we always must take care who we tell news ....

    :-))

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