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WDEC 2019 in Italy


Utilitalia-SEFIT counts among its members the public companies that manage the most important Italian monumental crematoriums and cemeteries, which constitute an architectural and artistic heritage of great value.
The Utilitalia-Sefit Technical Table for the historical and artistic enhancement of the Italian monumental cemeteries, on the occasion of the annual "WDEC Week for the discovery of European cemeteries" has foreseen the publication of a brochure that collects all the activities organized by 11 Italian cemeteries (the Certosa di Bologna, the Staglieno of Genoa, the Cemetery of Trento, the Monumental of Turin, the Cemetery of the Villetta of Parma, the Monumental of Milan, the Certosa of Ferrara, the Crematorium Socrem Turin, the Cemeteries of Bolzano, the Monumental of Mantua and the Verano of Rome).
The creation of a photographic exhibition set up or visible in digital format at all the participating cemeteries, which presents some images representative of the cemeteries themselves, is added to the strategy of shared promotion and communication at national level.



Cultural Day for Schools at Kozala Cemetery

Schools at cemeteries
On 10 May, 2019, KD Kozala organized a cultural day at Kozala Cemetery in Rijeka for students of the Gymnasium of Andrija Mohorovičić.

Programme

The event started in the chapel at the main entrance, where students listened to a short presentation of Mr. Dušan Vrban, Manager of European Cemeteries Route (CEMR). Through videos and photos, students learned about the historical, artistic, cultural and architectural significance of cemeteries, including the Kozala Cemetery.

The second part of the day was carried out in form of independent exploring of the cemetery. With the help of mobile application ARtour, students walked through the cemetery and discovered some of the most important monuments and people buried there.

At the end, they returned at the starting point and briefly presented their findings. Their newly gained knowledge was then supplemented by Mrs. Daina Glavočić (M. Sc.), who provided them with additional information on the important persons and monuments at Kozala Cemetery. Students also filled up some printed postcards of European Cemeteries Route that they have received.

Student responses

All in all, it was a very successful event. Students actively participated in all activities and showed great interest in the topics presented to them. They were enthusiastic about this special and different form of cultural day and their responses afterwards were extremely positive.

WDEC 2019 in Bologna, Italy

The programme on the occasion of the Week of Discovering European cemeteries (WDEC) 2019 at Certosa Monumental Cemetery of Bologna, Italy.We inform also that the English website for the Certosa of Bologna will be online as from 23 May 2019. The project received funding from BSC - Bologna Servizi Cimiteriali (Bologna Cemetery Services) and was prepared in collaboration with the Liceo Ginnasio Luigi Galvani and the Associazione Amici della Certosa. Our website provides information about this monumental cemetery and its historical buildings, which together form the largest such complex in Bologna, and is designed so that all our visitors from Italy and beyond can fully appreciate their visit.
www.storiaememoriadibologna.it/certosa-monumental-cemetery

“Il Liceo Galvani e la Certosa - caccia ai tesori”
“Liceo Galvani and the Certosa - Treasure Hunt”
Thursday 23 May, at 15:30 and 16:30 | guided tour
Certosa Cemetery - Via della Certosa 18

Explore the cemetery on a walk with young students who have been learning about this largest monument in Bologna. This event is the outcome of a school-work learning initiative involving the secondary school Liceo Ginnasio Luigi Galvani and Bologna’s Museum of the Risorgimento.
The meeting point is in the church courtyard by the main entrance to the Certosa.
Our visitors with a Musei Metropolitani Bologna card will receive a gift at the entrance.
Entry is free.

“Le donne e l’atelier dell’artista nell’Ottocento”
“Women and the Artist’s Workshop in the Ottocento”

Friday 24 May, at 17:00 | talk
Fondazione Collegio Artistico Venturoli - Via Centotrecento 4

A meeting with art historians Ornella Chillè and Ilaria Chia on the place and presence of women in the artist’s workshop. The images trace a kind of journey, where women are first seen in the traditional guise of painter’s model or muse, becoming more proactive later in the century. The paintings by Telemaco Signorini, Odoardo Borrani and Giacomo Favretto depict women as the visitors to artists’ studios, galleries and museums and as researchers and experts in art. Women increasingly become artists in their own right, and their path of development is depicted by painters like Gerolamo and Domenico Induno. Bologna’s own artists slide into this cultural landscape, as we can see in the works by Luigi Serra, Raffaele Faccioli, Fabio Fabbi, Giovanni Masotti, Cleto Capri and Enea Monti.
Entry is free.
For information, call +39 051 234866 (Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 13:00) or write to:info@collegioventuroli.191.it

“La Certosa di Bologna | un libro aperto sulla storia”
“The Certosa of Bologna | An Open Book on History”

Sunday 26 May, at 10:30 | guided tour
Certosa Cemetery - Via della Certosa 18

A walk for visitors who have never been here before, and an ABC of our Certosa, from the Etruscan cemetery and monastery to the “modern cemetery” and our best-known masterpieces, plus lots of other highlights.
Curated by Associazione Culturale Didasco.
Booking required, call +39 0348 1431230 (afternoon - evening)
The meeting point is in the church courtyard by the main entrance to the Certosa.
Our visitors with a Musei Metropolitani Bologna card will receive a gift at the entrance.
Tickets: € 10.00 (€ 2.00 from every ticket will go directly towards the Certosa)

“Forme di marmo | percorso tattile tra chiostri, sale e gallerie”
“Forms in Marble | A Tactile Tour Through Cloisters, Halls and Galleries"

Sunday 26 May, at 15:00 and 16:30 | guided tour
Certosa Cemetery - Via della Certosa 18

Roberto Martorelli and Paola Sema will guide visitors on this tour, open to all but designed especially for our visitors who are blind or visually impaired. Explore the flowers, garments, faces and bodies of the marbles and bronzes situated in Bologna’s largest monumental complex.
Curated by the Museum of the Risorgimento of Bologna.
Limited places Booking required, call +39 051 225583 or write to museorisorgimento@comune.bologna.it.
The meeting point is in the church courtyard by the main entrance to the Certosa.
Linked to: IT.A.CÀ - Festival of Responsible Tourism
Entry is free.

“Ritualità del silenzio | Guida per il cerimoniere funebre”
“Rituals of Silence | A Guide for the Funeral Director

Monday 27 May, at 20:30 | conference
Certosa Cemetery - Via della Certosa 18

Meeting with Maria Angela Gelati, curator of the social project and showcase “Il Rumore del Lutto” (The Noise of Mourning) of Parma. The event starts with a guided tour and visitors then meet Maria Angela Gelati, author of “Ritualità del Silenzio” (Rituals of Silence), published by Nuovadimensione 2018. This event offers a window onto the new demands connected to the growing number of private and non-religious rituals taking place alongside traditional and religious ceremonies.
Curated by the Museum of the Risorgimento of Bologna.
Booking required, call +39 051 225583 or write to museorisorgimento@comune.bologna.it.
The meeting point is in the church courtyard by the main entrance to the Certosa.
Entry is free.

“Bologna Noir | delitti e misteri in Certosa”
“Bologna Noir | Crimes and Mysteries at the Certosa”
Wednesday 29 May, at 21:00 | guided tour
Certosa Cemetery - Via della Certosa 18

The Certosa statues have witnessed real crimes, but the cemetery has also been the stage of fantastic tales, amid talks with ghosts and bats flying in the light of the moon. A night time tour in the midst of art, literature and mystery, in the company of Barbara Baraldi, author of “Osservatore Oscuro” (Dark Observer) published by Giunti.
Curated by Associazione Culturale Didasco.
Booking required, call +39 0348 1431230 (afternoon - evening)
The meeting point is in the church courtyard by the main entrance to the Certosa.
Our visitors with a Musei Metropolitani Bologna card will receive a gift at the entrance.
Tickets: € 10.00 (€ 2.00 from every ticket will go directly towards the Certosa)


“Maria Brizzi Giorgi | Diva della Musica, Musa di Rossini”
“Maria Brizzi Giorgi | Music Diva, Rossini’s Muse”

Thursday 30 May, at 17:30 | guided tour
Certosa Cemetery - Via della Certosa 18

A walk among work and music with Roberto Martorelli and Loris Rabiti. An insight into the cultural and social world orbiting around one of the most striking celebrities on the Jacobite stage of Bologna and elsewhere.
Curated by the Museum of the Risorgimento of Bologna.
Booking required, call +39 051 225583 or write to museorisorgimento@comune.bologna.it.
The meeting point is in the church courtyard by the main entrance to the Certosa.
Our visitors with a Musei Metropolitani Bologna card will receive a gift at the entrance.
Tickets: € 4.00


“Questo l'ho fatto io!”’
“I Did This!”

Wednesday 1 June, at 16:00 | guided tour
Certosa Cemetery - Via della Certosa 18

A walk with volunteers from “Amici della Certosa” to admire some of the ninety monuments they take care of as part of their cleaning and tidying scheme. Visitors can understand how this active citizen involvement project can help the public to maintain our heritage and learn about our history.
Curated by Associazione Amici della Certosa.
The meeting point is in the church courtyard by the main entrance to the Certosa.
Entry is free.
For information, call +39 345 2699200 (afternoon and evening) or write to: amicidellacertosa@gmail.com

“L'eleganza e la raffinatezza dell'Art Nouveau | due artisti a confronto”
“Elegance and Sophistication in Art Nouveau | Two Artists Compared”
Sunday 2 June, ore 10.30 | guided tour
Certosa Cemetery - Via della Certosa 18

Alfonso Borghesani and Arturo Orsoni were among the most prolific artists at the Certosa in the early 20th century, creating the marbles and bronzes that adorn the cemetery landscape, in a style straddling Verism, Art Nouveau and a hint of Art Deco. This tour concentrates on these two elegant artists, in the company of Vincenzo Favaro and Roberto Martorelli.
Curated by the Museum of the Risorgimento of Bologna.
The meeting point is in the church courtyard by the main entrance to the Certosa.
Entry is free.


Information:
Museum of the Risorgimento.
Piazza Carducci 5 | 40125 Bologna
tel. + 39 051 347592
museorisorgimento@comune.bologna.it - www.museibologna.it/risorgimento
www.storiaememoriadibologna.it/certosa
Facebook: Museo civico del Risorgimento - Certosa di Bologna

WDEC 2019 in Maribor, Slovenia

Pobrežje cemetery, Maribor
This year WDEC in Maribor will be marked by two important anniversaries.

In 2019, Pogrebno podjetje Maribor (the presiding member of ASCE) is celebrating two important anniversaries - 150 years of company operation and 140 years of Pobrežje cemetery. Through all year, many events and activities will take place at cemeteries in Maribor,  some of them within the Week of discovering European cemeteries.

Main event: “Memory of peace”

The main event of WDEC is also the main event of the 150/140 year anniversary and it will take place on May 28th, 2019 at Pobrežje cemetery. The purpose is to recall the memory of members of numerous cultures and countries that lost their lives in the two world wars in Maribor. The event keynote speaker will be the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.

Guided tour and classical music concert

On June 11th, 2019, a guided tour at Pobrežje cemetery will take place under the guidance of Mr. Tone Partljič, an expert on Maribor`s culture, slang, people and their nature. At the end of the tour there will be a short concert of classical music in front of the Czeike's arcades, located at the cemetery.

Photo exhibition: “Memorial Parks of Europe”

Pogrebno podjetje Maribor prepared a special photo exhibition entitled "Memorial Parks of Europe" that is on display from April 25th, 2019 in front of the farewell facility at Dobrava cemetery in Maribor. The photos represent some of the significant cemeteries in Europe that are special for their green areas and their park shape.

Şişli Greek Orthodox Cemetery (Istanbul, Turkey)

The mosaic at the main entrance
A Christian cemetery on which we can find many notable monuments and works of art.

About the cemetery

Şişli Greek Orthodox Cemetery, also known as Şişli Eastern Orthodox Cemetery, was founded in 1859 and it is located in the Şişli district of Istanbul. It consists mostly of Greek graves as well as other Orthodox nationalities and ethnoreligious groups such as Russians, Serbians, Bulgarians, Arab and Turkish Christians. The cemetery occupies 52 acres (21 ha), and since its opening, a total of roughly 85,000 individuals have been buried at the site with 3-4 burials taking place weekly.

Main attractions

Some of the many notable monuments and works of art at the cemetery are:
  1. The main cemetery church, dedicated to the Transfiguration of Christ (Metamorphosis). It was a donation of Skylitsis Brothers an old Byzantine family.
  2. The mosaics that decorates the church outdoors. It is a large icon located above the church entrance that represents God ("O Ω Ν") and was created by professor Pretextat Lecompte. 
  3. The monument of Nicholas Zarifis, the banker that negotiated the Ottoman Empire’s loans.
  4. The monument of George Zarifis, the banker described as “The Nestor” of Turkish finance and a good friend of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. The monument was made by Mercie.
  5. Τhe monument of Negreponte family. They were politicians, bankers, great benefactors and ancestors of John Negreponte (Diplomat and Deputy Secretary of the State; Fist US director of National Intelligence) and Nicholas Negreponte (Architect and founder of the MIT Media Lab.).



*Text sources: Wikipedia and BEYOĞLU RUM ORTODOKS KİLİSELERİ VE MEKTEPLERİ VAKFI

Address

Merkez Mahallesi, Geçit Sokağı No:5,
34381 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey

Location

Cemetery of Brussels (Belgium)

Cemetery of Brussels, Belgium
The Cemetery of Brussels is a remarkable cemetery with many military and civilian honour fields worth visiting.

About the cemetery

The Cemetery of Brussels covers 380.000 m² where there are located more than 11.000 graves.

It was created in 1877 and designed according a new layout of cemeteries. Whereas cemeteries used to be managed with tombs very close to each other, here the idea was to design the cemetery with wide avenues connecting to impressive roundabouts. The graves would be built along these avenues and roundabouts or inside fields on a structured layout.

This cemetery reflects the history of the city and the country. Its big superficies made possible the creation of many military and civilian honour fields, such as:

  • Prussians and French (war of 1870 - 1871),
  • Waterloo (1815),
  • German (WWI),
  • Belgians (WWI and WWII),
  • Soviet soldiers (WWII),
  • Belgian Airmen’s force, etc.

The cemetery is also known for the:

  • landscape: numerous variety of trees which make the cemetery a “green” space rich in biodiversity in the middle of the city.
  • Historical Belgian fields and memorials: Independence of 1830, Workers of the city passed away on duty, Congo, Belgian forced workers (WWII), “à l’Innovation” (the highest number of dead in the country during peace period, 1968, see hereunder),
  • Numerous graves of politicians, business men, scientific, artists, nobility members…
  • Several graves designed by famous architects/sculptors : Horta, Jacques de Lalaing, Jamaer, Malfait, etc.

Today, the Cemetery of Brussels attracts many lovers of nature for its biodiversity (bats, fox, many birds, number of types of moss…), lovers of history for the numerous personalities which are buried  there and arts lovers for art funerary and the eclectic style of graves.

Cemetery address

Cemetery of Brussels
Avenue du Cimetière de Bruxelles 159
1140 Evere (Brussels), Belgium

Cemetery contacts

Phone: +32 2 702 91 80
Email: cimetieres@brucity.be
Email: Bergraafplaatsen@brucity.be

Managing organization and contacts

City of Brussels (owner)

Mr Ahmed EL KTIBI, alderman, Hotel de Ville, Grand-Place – 1000 Bruxelles - Belgique
Mr Kambaza NKUBIRI, General Director, bd Anspach 6 (4ème étage) – 1000 Bruxelles - Belgique

Location

WDEC 2019

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