Le Chic En Rose

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A little postscript following on from last week’s post about Sanssouci (see here).

To the side of the front terrace you come across a curious tomb. Covered with potatoes, this is the final resting place of Frederick The Great!

 

 

The reason for the potatoes is apparently because Frederick introduced them into Prussia in the mid 18th century. They seem to fit with the lack of ostentation (for the times) that Frederick displayed during his life.

However the story of Frederick’s final resting place has had more than a few twists and turns. He wished to be buried near his beloved vine terraces and alongside his favourite dogs. However, after his death in 1786 (he died in an armchair in his study), his nephew and successor, Frederick William II, went against his uncle’s instructions. Instead Frederick William had his uncle buried in what he considered a more fitting place, the Potsdam Garrison Church (see here for an interesting article on the church’s controversial past). Frederick was thus laid to rest next to the tomb of the father he hated, Frederick William I, the Soldier King. We had heard some pretty traumatic stories of Frederick’s upbringing during our tour round the palace and one could well understand his wishes to be kept apart from his father even in death.

Frederick’s coffin stayed in the garrison church until 1943 when it was removed by German soldiers for safekeeping. His father’s coffin was removed at the same time and after a few twists and turns they both ended up at the Burg Hohenzollern in Hechingen Baden Wuerttemberg.

Happily after the reunification of Germany, Frederick’s final wishes were fulfilled. On 17th August 1991, the 205th anniversary of his death, Frederick’s sarcophagus was laid out on the forecourt of Sanssouci with a military guard of honour. He was buried in his chosen resting place later that night.

You can still see all the graves of Frederick’s favourite dogs next to the main tomb (they had lain there undisturbed all that time).

 

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Frederick The Great’s Tomb – Graves Of His Dogs In A Row

 

His father was reburied in the Mausoleum of the Church Of Peace (Die Friedenskirche) in Sanssouci Park. We found this church a bit dark and forbidding in comparison to the charms of Sanssouci and I’ve only shown the better photos of it here.

 

 

 

In addition to his summer palace at Sanssouci, Frederick also had the larger and more overtly palatial Neues Palaisย (The New Palace) built some 20 years or so later. It was partly built to show the rest of Europe that Prussia had survived stronger and intact following the Seven Years’ War though Frederick disliked its “ostentation” and hardly ever lived there himself.

Frederick apparently said of his desired final resting place, “”Quand je serai lร , je serai sans souci” (Once I am there, I shall be carefree). Sanssouci Park is a beautiful legacy enjoyed by visitors from far and wide to this day.

 

 

 

Copyright ยฉ 2017 Rosemary Thomas Le Chic En Rose. All rights reserved

17 thoughts on “Sanssouci – Frederick The Great’s Final Resting Place

  1. Such a fascinating story Rosemary and the fact they still put potatoes on the tomb is so interesting. It really does look like a gorgeous place to explore as well – definitely somewhere we would enjoy.

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    1. I always love the stories behind places Joy – it makes it so interesting! Am sure you would love this place. There is heaps more to do around here as well. Apart from being the seat of the Prussian Royal Family, Potsdam has an interesting cold war history and numerous other parks. More to follow! Hope you have had a good week and have a lovely weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Thanks for this tour. We never managed to make it to Potsdam during our two visits to Berlin. Something we will have to add to our list if we ever go back to Berlin. (Suzanne)

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    1. Yes definitely Suzanne! Quite understand though as there is so much to do in Berlin! We could back there several times I think and still find more new places to visit. Potsdam isn’t too far out of the city though and makes a nice contrast to central Berlin ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. restlessjo says:

    Glad he managed to end up in the right place. Strange story, isn’t it? Wishing you a happy weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. It’s certainly a strange story Jo – glad he ended up where he wished to be. The views from the top of the terrace are wonderful and he has his beloved dogs close by. So sorry I forgot to include the link to your Monday Walk at the time – thought I had done it already then realised I hadn’t! Wishing you a lovely weekend too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. restlessjo says:

        It’s not a problem, Rosemay. Some people don’t link up anyway and I’m always happy to have you around ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks a lot!

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        1. You’re very welcome Jo – thanks again for including me! Always love coming along for your Monday Walk each week! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. What a fascinating story about Frederick the Great! I must have overlooked (or forgotten by now) that piece of info about him being buried at Burg Hohenzollern when we were last there. I’d love to visit Sanssouci though!

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    1. It is a very interesting story! I haven’t been to Burg Hohenzollern yet either – have looked it up and it sounds well worth a visit so will add that to the extensive wish list!

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        1. Thanks I’ll read up on your now – thanks for sending me through the link! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. agnesstramp says:

    Gorgeous post! The photos are amazing, you must be had such an amazing time, Rosemary!

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    1. Thanks – yes Sanssouci is a lovely place and well worth visiting! The grounds and palaces are both lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Kamila Pala says:

    Very nice post! I know this place is charming ๐Ÿ™‚ Bye. Kamila

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    1. Thanks! It’s a gorgeous place isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

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