Peter Churchyard


At the centre of downtown Frankfurt one finds the historical, municipal burial place, the “Peter Churchyard” dating from the 15. century.

A first “Peters Chapel” was erected around 1382 on the Schäfergasse near the Friedberger Pforte. Between 1892 and 1895 the church was built on the Peterskirchhof as the largest Protestant place of worship in Frankfurt am Main. Destroyed in the air raids of March 1944, the reconstruction began in 1961.

The Peterskirchhof is the oldest preserved Christian graveyard. It was used from 1518 until 1828. Due to overcrowding at the time no burials have taken place since 30. June 1828. Its closure was unavoidable. Still today the graves can be found of Goethe’s parents, the Textor and Merian families and many other renowned Frankfurt dignitaries. As oasis in the middle of Frankfurt city its park area has been frequently redesigned to form a restful garden of tranquillity.