A cool, gray autumn day set the perfect mood for a stroll in Munich’s Alter Südlicher Friedhof (The Old South Cemetery).
It was established as a plague cemetery outside the city gates in 1563, and because it was Munich’s only cemetery until 1868, it’s crowded with ornate gravestones and monuments of area notables.
It’s no longer used for burials, and on the day we visited the heavily wooded cemetery was deathly quiet, which further added to its eerie beauty. The combination of elaborate monuments and leafy backdrops, created lots of opportunities for interesting compositions.
The contrast of the darkness of this Greek war helmet and the stark, gray tombstone particularly captured my eye. Sadly, Plato said it best:
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”