Visiting Karl Marx at Highgate Cemetery in British capital

Friday, 2018-05-04 10:32:07
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The tomb of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery, London. (Photo: Getty)
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NDO – In addition to being considered one of the most valuable treasures in London, with its Victorian Gothic architecture, the Highgate Cemetery is also known for its “inhabitants,” who were the famous figures of London across hundreds of years.

The most infamous resting place in the cemetery is Karl Marx - a great philosopher, theorist, and revolutionist. On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth (May 5, 1818-2018), a vast number of visitors with flowers and candles visit the tomb of Karl Marx.

Situated on a hill on the outskirts of north London, Highgate Cemetery gives visitors a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere with the hundred-year-old tombs hidden under ivy and moss.

Karl Marx is buried in the east part of Highgate which is also home to the tombs of Karl Marx's wife, Jenny von Westphalen, his daughter Eleanor Marx, his grandson Harry Longuet and his housekeeper Helena Demuth. Previously, members of the Karl Marx family were buried in other parts of the cemetery, but in 1954 they were reunited in a common tomb.

The simple tomb of the family is located in a 10m2 area rounded by a small iron fence about 30cm high. On the grave is a marble memorial and a two-metre bronze statue of Karl Marx, a sculpture by Lawrence Bradshaw made under order of the British Communist Party in 1956.

A visitor walks onto the new paving at the tomb of Karl Marx. (Photo: Xinhua)

Each day, this place welcomes hundreds of visitors from all over the world, most of whom are from China, Germany, Eastern European countries and the UK. It costs 4 pounds (US$5.4) to visit Highgate, which is now run by a charity and costs about 1,000 pounds a day to maintain.

Visitors can take photos and read quotes from Marx's famous works which are engraved on the pedestal, such as "Workers of all lands unite," or "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it."

People view the tomb of Karl Marx. (Photo: Xinhua)

This Saturday marks the 200th birth anniversary of Marx, who settled in London in 1849 until his death in 1883. He was the outstanding leader of the working class, the oppressed peoples and the progressive human race in general.

Today, in the context of profound changes with the differences in the path and development trend of each nation as well as humanity, the ideas and theories that Karl Marx pointed out in the cause of the struggle against the abolition of oppression and exploitation, as well as the liberation of human beings, are forever the truth of a progressive mankind.

A worker sweeps new paving at the tomb of Karl Marx, which is being renovated ahead of the 200th anniversary of his birth, Highgate Cemetery, London, May 3. (Photo: Xinhua)

People take pictures of the tomb of Karl Marx. (Photo: Xinhua)