The Braeunig Family Mausoleum

I love old cemeteries, mostly for their amazing atmosphere. They also reflect local history and architecture trends of different times. Here is one of the most unique graves in Warsaw – the Braeunig Family mausoleum at the Evangelical-Augsburg Cemetery. It`s probably the first cast-iron monument in Warsaw. It was built in 1821 in Neo-Gothic style, and this year it turns 200!

Karol Bogumił Braeunig was a successful merchand who was supplying Polish royalty in wine and also managing finances of the Grand Theater which was rebuilt and expanded after the Second World War, and it`s the largest theater in Poland these days. The mausoleum was funded by Karol`s wife Klarysa in 1821.

The actual crypt is hidden behind the closed door and it`s located underground. What makes this mausoleum so special is the amazing iron lacework chapel above the crypt with a separate entrance on the other side. You can actually enter the chapel. I wish the crypt was open too 🙂