If Spiegel had initially intended the Belvedere as his tomb, he changed his plans no later than 1783, because this year he decreed that his remains should be "buried in the burial on the Spiegelsbergen" and commissioned the construction of the mausoleum , which was probably completed at the end of 1784, ie relatively shortly before Spiegel's death in May 1785.
Gleim wrote on 14 Oct. 1784 to Anna Luisa Karsch (poet, 1722 - 1791) "he is diligently building his burial ground close to the pine grove, a thousand talers may well taste it, the mausoleum, which should once protect the body of the dear old man . "
The stairway to the hexagonal building covered with a round dome forms a stone staircase. The relaxation area is limited by a circulating iron grid. On the pillars of the lattice originally stood on both sides of the entrance ever an urn. The remaining pillars were decorated with big balls.
Above the door, the statue of St. Lawrence was guarded on the right and St. Stephen's on the left, about the peace of the place.
Inside the mausoleum, in front of a plaque, stands an iron sarcophagus, whose inscription reflects Spiegel's name and life data.
The Domdechant was buried here in 1785, but already in 1811 transferred to the family funeral in Seggerde.
October 14, 2018
Ernst Ludwig Christoph Freiherr von Spiegel zum Desenberg (born February 22, 1711 in Gießen, † May 22, 1785 in Wetzlar) was the owner of the manor, canon of Halberstadt and from 1753 ruling cathedral dean in the Prussian principality of Halberstadt.
He had a close friendship with Gleim, who ran the business for him as cathedral secretary.
In 1771 he laid out the Spiegelsberge landscape park near Halberstadt, founded the first Prussian teacher training college in 1778, and in 1785 took part in the founding of the Halberstadt Literary Society.
He was also active as a poet and was close to the Weimar Classicist circle.(Source: Wikipedia)
October 11, 2020
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