Assistens Kirkegård (Copenhagen, Denmark)

In 1711 a virulent epidemic caused the death of one third of the inhabitants of Copenhagen.

Photo Exhibitions in 2012

In 2012, as a part of several projects, ASCE will hold several photo exhibitions of significant cemeteries within EUCEMET project. We expect that these exhibitions will be covered by press and have a positive impact on recognition of our cemeteries and work in the public.

Any member that wishes to participate can start preparing by getting the photos of their cemetery. Most important is that:

Participation rules and details will be provided when agreed in the project. All the members are invited to participate.

The restoration of an important 16th century fresco, by Bartolomeo Cesi

The restoration of an important 16th century fresco, by Bartolomeo Cesi, located at the Certosa, the monumental cemetery of Bologna, has recently been concluded.

ASCE AGM in Friedhofskultur

Details from our AGM in Vienna this year were presented in an article in Friedhofskultur. Great work from our friends at Friedhöfe Wien.

Check out the complete article at this link.

Significant recognition for the CARISBO Foundation - The ASCE Award 2011

The article was published by the OLTRE magazine in October 2011.

Christmas Eve’s service in Vienna

An excellent opportunity to enjoy the impressive architecture and design of the art nouveau church with its dome adorned by 999 stars.

Stay updated

Latest news about the Annual General Meeting in Maribor 2012. Get it into your email box.

Updated website

As planned 2 months ago, we have made a big change to the website. One of the main problems in the past was managing the content of the website. Even though it was built on a very good open source system, editing required a lot of work. All the members were also included in a built-in Google map, but were later not added or updated.

Therefore we have decided to focus the web communications in future on:
  • Current news, updates and project information
  • Promoting main (core) projects of ASCE
  • Establishing a cemeteries database with dispersed managing
In the following weeks, each member will receive few emails with further details on how to easily arrange their photos and maps via online tools.

To make content editing faster, we will establish network of editors for countries. These editors will then be in charge of the content and events about the cemeteries in our website. Anyone can apply to be the editor for their country by emailing to secreatariat of ASCE.

Cementerio de los Ingleses (Camariñas, Spain)

La costa de Camariñas es un lugar marcado a lo largo de los años por los más de 20 naufragios que tuvieron lugar en sus aguas.

Cementeri Quart de Poblet (Quart de Poblet, Spain)

Quart de Poblet is probably founded by the Romans. The historian Euriclidión describes in his work how neighbors of Quartum helped Hannibal's army at be paralyzed by the River. 

Cementerio Municipal de Monturque (Monturque, Spain)

Cementerio municipal del municipio de Monturque, o Cementerio de San Rafael.

Cemetery of Reus (Reus, Tarragona, Spain)

Cemetery of Reus
Wonderful small cemetery in the city centre.
The construction of the General Cemetery of Reus began in 1869, when the lawyer and liberal politician Josep Sardà I Cailà ceded the property as the result of the testamentary transfer. This cemetery replaced the three previous burial grounds because two of them were located in the centre of the city and the third one, named Roser Cemetery, did not have the appropriate conditions for that purpose.


Cemetery of Reus
Plaça Pablo Picasso 1
43204 Reus


Phone: +34.977750422
Fax: +34.977751242

The Parisian Cemetery of Thiais (Paris, France)

The so-called “extramuros” cemeteries. According to various extensions, the city of Paris has integrated numerous cemeteries amongst which six are said to be “extramuros” because the proper territory of the town doesn’t include them. The cemetery of Thiais belongs to this category. 

The Cemetery of Montparnasse (Paris, France)

The actual space of the cemetery was formerly used as a huge stone heap, hence its quite ironical name of “Mount-Parnassus”.

The Cemetery of Montmartre (Paris, France)

The funeral vocation of the area is born during the French Revolution, when this former plaster pit has been used for the burial of the executed royal guards. 

Nunhead Cemetry (London, United Kingdom)

Nunhead Cemetery is one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in London, England.

Abney Cemetery (London, United Kingdom)

The park originated in the eighteenth century when the land was laid out by Lady Mary Abney.

The Northern Cemetery (Solna, Sweden)

Norra begravningsplatsen, literally "The Northern Cemetery" in Swedish, is a major cemetery of Metropolitan Stockholm.

Schoonselhof Cemetery (Antwerp, Belgium)

The Schoonselhof cemetery is situated near Antwerp in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium.

Cemetery of Laeken (Brussels, Belgium)

Cemetery of Leaken
The Cemetery of Laeken is the oldest of all the cemeteries in Brussels still in function.

About the cemetery

The Cemetery of Laeken covers 6.200 m² were you can find around 10.000 graves. The cemetery and its old church are painted as early as the XIIIth century.

When the first queen of the Belgians passed away she made the wish to be buried in Laeken / Laken where the royal family lived in the neighborhood. This royal funeral stimulated the growth of the cemetery where all nobility, “bourgeoisie” and notorious people of the country wanted to be buried. These wealthy families made build several impressive chapels and grave monuments with marble, golden letter, bronze decoration and sculptures. This generating to the place the nickname of “Père Lachaise of Brussels” where it is e.g. possible to find an original sculpture “The Thinker” of Rodin on a grave.

After some extension of the superficies the city council voted the construction of underground galeries which are unique in Brussels. This in order to have more capacity for burying and keeping in mind the hygienist concern of the XIXth century.

Nowadays the cemetery is still in use as such and also visited by many people in order to admire some impressive monuments and the graves of notorious people.

Cemetery address

Cemetery of Laeken
O.L. - Vrouwvoorplein 16
1020 Brussels, Belgium

Cemetery contacts

Phone: +32 2 478 04 43

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 - Belgiqu


The Stahnsdorf South-Western Cemetery (Stahnsdorf, Germany)

On March 28, 1909 the South-Western Cemetery officially opened.

Bornstedt Cemterey (Potsdam, Germany)

Theodor Fontane introduced what is probably the most famous Potsdam cemetery with the remark that, "What dies in Sanssouci will be buried in Bornstedt."

Skogskyrkogården (Stockholm, Sweden)

When Skogskyrkogården was founded at the beginning of the 1900s, the aim was to create something special, something original - a cemetery blending nature and architecture into a seamless whole.

Ekshärad Cemetery (Ekshärad, Sweden)

Ekshärad Cemetery is well known for its graceful and imaginative iron crosses. They were forged locally and got their leaves in 1770. There are more than 300.

The Eastern Cemetery in Gothenburg (Gothenburg, Sweden)

The Eastern cemetery in Gothenburg was designed by architect J. H. Strömberg and was inaugurated on November 16, 1860.

Malmö Eastern Cemetery (Malmö, Sweden)

The Eastern cemetery in Malmö is a beautifully planned architectural environment. Both landscape and buildings were designed by architect Sigurd Lewerentz (1885-1975).

Jönköping cemetery (Jönköping, Sweden)

The first mention of the Jönköping cemetery dates back to 1636. The graveyard provides a good deal of historical information thanks to its late XIX century wonderful old gravestones and cast iron railings.

Mjösund cemetery in Njurunda (Sundsvall, Sweeden)

Mjösund cemetery in Njurunda, Sundsvall, has become a tourist attraction thanks to its beautiful location and exotic flora.

Strandkyrkogården (Stockholm, Sweden)

Strandkyrkogården (Shore Cemetery) was inaugurated in 1996, six miles south-east of the Stockholm city centre. It is close to a lake.

Monumental Cemetery Mirogoj (Zagreb, Croatia)

The Monumental Cemetery Mirogoj was founded in 1876 on the property of Ljudevit Gaj, leader of the Croatian national revival.

Varaždin Cemetery (Varaždin, Croatia)

Unlike other cemeteries, Varaždin’s was devised by a visionary soul called Herman Haller.

Historic Cemeteries in Gent (Gent, Belgium)

Gent, a city of 230.000 inhabitants, is situated in the centre of Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. It has 18 cemeteries on a total surface of 570.000 m².

Zentralfriedhof - Central Cemetery (Vienna, Austria)

The Vienna Central Cemetery was built in the late XIX century.

Municipal Cemetery of Ciriego (Santander, Spain)

The Municipal Cemetery of Ciriego was projected in 1882 by the municipal architect Casimiro Pérez de la Riva inside of replacing the old Necropolis of San Fernando.

Polloe Cemetery (San Sebastian, Spain)

Polloe is the main cemetery in San Sebastian, although there are two more in the city. Polloe cemetery was opened 127 years ago and the first burial took place on August 12th 1878.

Cemetery Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Cordoba, Spain)

The decision by the French authorities, during the Napoleonic occupation of Spanish territory, would live up to the cemetery of Our Lady of Health since the beginning of its construction in 1811, was expanded to take shape in 1833.

Municipal Cemetery of Granada (Granada, Spain)

The Municipal Cemetery of Granada is part of the landscape and historical monuments of the Alhambra, a short distance from the entrance to the Nazari Palaces.

Cemetery of Montjuïc (Barcelona, Spain)

Previously known as the South-West cemetery, Montjuïc was inaugurated on March the 17th 1883, following a project by the architect Leandro Albareda.

Cemetery of Sant Gervasi (Barcelona, Spain)

Some historians cite the year 1853 as the inauguration date even though the official date is July the 1st of 1897.

Cemetery of Poblenou (Barcelona, Spain)

One of the first cemetiris outside the city walls in Europe.

Sant Andreu Cemetery (Barcelona, Spain)

One of the more surprising things is the disparity between the old neo-classic part and the modern one.

Arnos Vale Cemetery (Bristol, United Kingdom)

Arnos Vale Cemetery was established by the Bristol Cemetery Company in 1837 as a response to the overcrowded City church yards.

Brompton Cemetery (London, United Kingdom)

Brompton Cemetery, consecrated by the Bishop of London in June 1840, is one of the Britain's oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries.

Kensal Green Cemetery (London, United Kingdom)

Located in the heart of London traversing the borders of Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham is one of London’s oldest and most distinguished public burial grounds.

West Norwood Cemetery (London, United Kingdom)

West Norwood Cemetery is one of the metropolitan cemeteries founded to deal with the expanding population of London in the early 19th century. It was opened in 1837.

General Cemetery of Sheffield (Sheffield, United Kingdom)

The General Cemetery, Sharrow, Sheffield opened in 1836 two miles for the city centre. It was the principal burial ground in Victorian Sheffield. By the time it closed in 1978 87,000 people had been buried there.

Ford Park Cemetery (Plymouth, United Kingdom)

Since being in the care and stewardship of a charitable trust, Ford Park Cemetery has raised its profile as an unrivalled asset for the city of Plymouth and local community.

Southampton Old Cemetery (Southampton, United Kingdom)

A Victorian cemetery in the ‘garden’ style pioneered by J C Loudon, opened in 1846. Initially only 10 acres (4 hectares) but later expanded to 27 acres (11 hectares).

San Sebastià Cemetery (Sitges, Spain)

San Sebastià is a modernist cemetery situated opposite the beach with the same name. It forms a group of funerary art that belongs to the end of 19th and beginings of 20th century.

Cemetery of Vilanova i la Geltrú (Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain)

The cemetery of Vilanova i la Geltrú was built in 1855. We can mainly find modernist graves like the one of the bishop of Armanyá.