Monday 4 September 2023

Friedhof Salzburg (St. Sebastian), Linzer Gasse, Salzburg, Austria

Designed in the style of an Italian campo santo between 1595 and 1600,  the slightly spooky St. Sebastian’s Cemetery is the final resting place of Mozart’s father, Leopold, Wolfgang’s wife, Constanze, as well as her second husband, Georg Nikolaus, according to Salzburg's tourist board. Now home to some very mature trees, the 400 year old cemetery is lined by an arcaded quad with sturdy stone tiles, ornate railings and memorial stones aplenty. In the middle of the site is the grandiose Gabriel Chapel, mausoleum of Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, the ruler of Salzburg who commissioned the cemetery. The passageway leading to St. Sebastian’s Cemetery is also home to the tomb of physician Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, better known as "Paracelsus".