Testaments to German Expressionism
We particularly love this little-known Berlin gem because, let's face it, there can't be too many cities in the world that boast Expressionist tombs. And certainly not one as superbly - well, expressive as this.
Designed in the early 1920s by the famous architect Max Taut (younger brother of the even better-known Bruno), the grave is located in the lovely Südwestkirchhof cemetery just outside Berlin, and was commissioned as the final resting place of Julius Wissinger, a wealthy merchant.
Clearly architectural in style, although strikingly sculptural besides, the slender concrete forms are suggestive of gothic church arches as well as stylised, hooded figures.
In short, an amazing art-work as well as an extraordinary monument.
Coincidentally, film-maker F.W. Murnau - whose 'Nosferatu' (1922) is one of the great German Expressionist movies - is also buried in the same graveyard, although his tomb is a far more conventional affair.
And for anyone who can't make the journey to Stahnsdorf, we've tracked down another example located in central Berlin itself.
Image credit: stiftung-historische-friedhoefe.de
Image credit: berliner-grabmale-retten.de
The 1919 gravestone of industrialist Erwin Reibedanz - again designed by Max Taut - stands in the beautiful chain of interconnected cemeteries that run beside Bergmanstrasse in Kreuzberg.
Taking the form of a stylised shooting star, it was once vibrantly coloured, with the comet and its tail gilded, the cross and base painted in dazzling blues.
Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf (Southwest Stahnsdorf cemetery): Bahnhofstraße 2,
Opening times: April - September: 7am-8pm; October: 7am-6pm; November - February: 8am- 5pm; March: 7am-6pm
Max Taut Expressionist tomb, Bergmanstrasse Friedhöfe: location here