Pyramid in Rapa - an unusual tomb of the Farenheit family in Masuria
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Rapa (near Bań Mazurskie - near the border with Russia), Masuria, Poland
Date of build
- Building type: Tomb, Pyramid
- Architectural style: Ancient Egyptian
- Material: brick, fieldstone
Height: 15.9 meters
- Architect: Bertel Thorvaldsen
This family tomb of the Prussian baron family von Fahrenheid is located in the village of Rapa. The bodies of the Farenheit family members who were placed in the tomb had indeed succumbed to mummification despite the surroundings of the very humid terrain.
The building is built in the shape of a Cheops pyramid. Its base is in the shape of a square with dimensions of 10.4 x 10.4 meters.
The angle of inclination of the external walls was 68-70 ° (internal 51 ° 52 '- an inclination angle identical to that of the Egyptian pyramids, thanks to which the best conditions for mummification of bodies).
The purpose of building a pyramid tomb was to create conditions conducive to the mummification of the body of a small 3-year-old girl who died prematurely due to scarlet fever.
The object was entered in the list of monuments at the end of the 20th century. Its interior was ordered, placing the coffins and placing the bodies in them on a flat surface, and the open entrance was bricked up.
Currently, the building has three vents, and the coffins are closed and can only be seen through barred windows.
Unfortunately, during the war, both in 1914-1915, as well as in 1945, this tomb was drastically devastated by the Russians, the coffins with their bodies were broken and it was in this state it is still today.
Due to the terrible condition after the devastation (the building threatens to collapse) and its uniqueness, this building is to be restored in a short time.
In November 2018, the renovation lasted for 4 months. During the financed from the Forest Fund and costing 890 thousand PLN renovation external walls were cleaned and refurbished, a brick cornice was made, the roof covering was repaired, the cause of the deviation from the vertical was checked and the interior was renovated to restore its former appearance.
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