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New roofs constructed for entrance to Cologne Southern Cemetery

11 June 2012

Leaking roofs at the entrance to Cologne Southern Cemetery have been replaced with solid stone to combat weather damage.

The beehive-like structures were previously built from limestone. Unstable tiles and small defects had led to lime stains and flood damage to the fabric beneath.

It is hoped that the new solid stone roofs will prevent such weather damage in the future. The roofs have been given a smoothed effect, whilst still replicating the appearance of the previous over-sailing tiles.

Southern Cemetery is one of four permanent cemeteries commemorating Commonwealth servicemen and women who died across Germany in the two World Wars.

There are now 2,482 First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in the Commonwealth plots at Cologne. The total includes special memorials to a number of casualties buried in other cemeteries in Germany, whose graves could not be found.

The Commonwealth section of the cemetery also contains 132 Second World War graves, mostly those of servicemen who died with the occupying forces.


More photographs of the renovation are available on our Facebook page.