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Lesbian-Only Cemetery To Open In Berlin

02/04/2014 13:50 BST | Updated 02/04/2014 15:59 BST

A new burial area exclusively for lesbians is set to be opened.

The exclusive plot will be inaugurated in a historic two-century-old Berlin cemetery this weekend.

According to The Associated Press, a 400-square-metre area of the Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery will be reserved as a graveyard for up to 80 lesbians.

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A view to the new designed part of the Georgen Parochial Cemetery in central district Mitte of Berlin

A spokeswoman for Safia association, a national group primarily for elderly lesbians, said on Tuesday it expects the burial area to be inaugurated on Sunday.

The cemetery is a “living project for after death,” said Dr Astrid Osterland from Safia, adding that “lots of us live alone, and we're getting older”.

“We are the first real generation of emancipated, feminist, open lesbians, and we need somewhere to be buried," she said.

She added the space will be “where the lesbian community can live together in the afterlife.”

The association was given use of the cemetery area for 30 years in exchange for cleaning up and landscaping the area, and promising to maintain the grounds.

The cemetery confirmed has confirmed the agreement but declined making further comment.

The project has garnered attention from Berlin's press, with some papers criticising the idea for being exclusive.

“This was never intended,” said Osterland, adding there were no strict rules on heterosexuals being buried there too.