Photo exhibition in Aviles

Enjoy the Photo Exhibition in Aviles, Spain. Opened until January 13th 2013.

The church of San Girolamo della Certosa

Founded in 1334, the Church of San Girolamo della Certosa was the physical and ideological heart of the Carthusian monastery to which it belonged, until the suppression of the monastic building occurred in 1796 and the subsequent reutilization of the edifice as an urban cemetery since 1801.

Bologna: unveiled the plaque in memory of Charles Dickens

The unveiling of the plaque in memory of Charles Dickens, that took place on November 11, 2012, at the Certosa cemetery in Bologna, was enthusiastically received by the public.

Launch of the book "Lo splendore della forma. La scultura negli spazi della memoria"

On Saturday 24 November 2012, h. 4 pm, Mauro Felicori and Franco Sborgi present the proceedings of ASCE Annual General Meeting held in Verona in 2006 ("Lo splendore della forma. La scultura negli spazi della memoria").

The conference will take place in the City of Ormea (Cuneo,
Italy) at Palazzo Prof. Bassi.

Important Monuments on the North Cemetery | Wiesbaden, Germany

Guided tour, Sunday, November 25, 2012; 14.00 starting at the main entrance.

A Soldier’s Story: The photographer

Father Francis Browne SJ (1880-1960) – A Jesuit Priest, Father Francis Browne was a Photographer who took over 42,000 photographs including the last pictures of The Titanic and Photos of the front line during WW1.

The book "Biography of an Italian Cemetery. The Bologna Certosa" by Gian Marco Vidor is now out

The book ("Biografia di un cimitero italiano. La Certosa di Bologna") is the result of four years of archives research on previously unpublished documents and it is the first attempt, within the framework of the studies on XIX century European cemeteries, to reconstruct, in its entirety, the activity of a modern necropolis and covering a period lasting over one century, from the Napoleon’s age origins to WWI.

More info:
Società editrice il Mulino
tel. +39 051256011

Public collection in Podgorze | Krakow, Poland

On 1st and 3rd November, the Association PODGORZE.PL, organized its 8th annual public collection in the New Podgorze Cemetery in Krakow for the renovation of historically valuable graves.

Hamburg has the most beautiful cemetery in Germany

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Hamburg has the most beautiful cemetery in Germany.

EUCEMET exhibition in Avilés

Algunas fotos se presentan incrustadas en una cruz. ::Sergio Lopez
Going to a cemetery does not have to be necessarily related to grief, to tragedy, to mourn, to death.

Vienna cemeteries get a find-a-grave App

(source: Austrian Times, 31-10-2012)
Europe's largest cemetery with more than 300,000 graves has unveiled a new smartphone app to help people find their loved ones because so many people were getting lost around the sprawling grounds of the Austrian capital Vienna's Zentralfriedhof.

The new cemetery App will not just be useful for relatives looking for loved ones but also for people doing research into family histories and for cemetery staff looking to find certain graves, said Vienna cemetery spokesman Markus Pinter.

One of the reasons that cemetery officials need to find graves is because they are rented on an initial 10 year contract and after that can be extended for periods of 5 years at a time or more. If anybody fails to pay and fails to act on the requests for payment then they lose the right to rent the grave and it is rented to a new tenant. The grave is then reopened and the body put further down – typically at a depth of around 2.8 m – allowing the new body to be placed in the space above.

And tourists will also find it interesting – interred in the Zentralfriedhof are notables such as Beethoven and Schubert who were moved there in 1888, and Johannes Brahms, Antonio Salieri, Johann Strauss II and Arnold Schoenberg. There is a cenotaph erected in honour of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but he was actually buried in nearby St. Marx Cemetery.

And the new App will be usable on all of the city's 50 cemeteries.

The Zentralfriedhof (German for "Central Cemetery") name is because of its significance as Vienna's biggest cemetery, not of its geographic location, as it is not situated in the outskirts in the outer city district of Simmering.

The musician Wolfgang Ambros honoured the Zentralfriedhof in his 1975 song "Es lebe der Zentralfriedhof" ("Long live the Zentralfriedhof"), marking with it the 100th anniversary of the cemetery's opening.

The Vienna Central Cemetery is not one that has evolved slowly with the passing of time unlike many others. The decision to establish a new, big cemetery for Vienna came in 1863. Around that time, it became clear that – due to industrialisation – the city's population would eventually increase to such an extent that the existing communal cemeteries would prove insufficient. It was expected that Vienna, then capital of the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, would grow to have four million inhabitants by the end of the 20th century, no-one could know that the Empire would collapse in 1918.

The city council therefore decided to assign an area significantly outside of the city's borders and of such a gigantic dimension, that it would suffice for a long time to come. It was decided in 1869 that a flat area in Simmering should be the site of the future Zentralfriedhof.

The official opening of the Central Cemetery took place on All Saints' Day, on 1 November 1874. The first burial was that of Jacob Zelzer and 15 other dead people followed the same day. The grave of Jacob Zelzer still exists today and is located near the administration building at the cemetery wall.

The cemetery spans 2.4 square kilometres with 3.3 million interred here, up to 20-25 burials daily. Cremation is not very popular in Austria, the rate currently hovers around 20 percent.

The App was commissioned after it was found that 30% of people visiting the cemetery had difficulty locating the gravestones that they wanted to find.

Austrian Times


Cemetery Tourism | TV Slovenia

On November 1st, TV Slovenia  broadcast the programme about tourism »Na lepše«.

Bologna Certosa. Guided tours 2012-2013

The daytime programme of the guided tours at the Bologna Certosa resumes, discovering the many hidden stories of our cemetery.

Mundamortis | Monturque, Cordoba

The Mundamortis Festival, one of Cordoba's largest autumn events, attracts a growing number of visitors from Spain and abroad every year.

Bologna Certosa. The shapes of the past, the discovery of the present

Giacomo de Maria, Marte, Palazzo Hercolani, Bologna
The Museum of the Risorgimento of Bologna and Genus Bononiae - Musei nella città, organize six events, part of the series "The Bologna Certosa.

Cemetery of La Carriona (Aviles, Spain)

Cemetery of La Carriona was inaugurated in 1890 and designed by the municipal architect Ricardo Marcos Bausá, who later on worked on the project of Ciudad Lineal in Madrid (Spain).

Cemetery of San Amaro (A Coruña, Spain)

The Cemetery of San Amaro, in A Coruña (Northwest of Spain), a small town of 250.000 inhabitants, reachs this year its 200th anniversary.

Glasnevin Museum celebrates Phizzfest - September 6th

The Local Story of 1916, World War I and World War II.

The Cemetery of Père-Lachaise (Paris, France)

The East Cemetery of Paris, well known as "Père-Lachaise", was opened in 1804 as a response to the closure of the ancient and overcrowded churchyards.

Certosa, Bologna monumental cemetery (Bologna, Italy)

Unlike many Italian monumental cemeteries, which were built from scratch, the Bologna cemetery was created by reutilizing the structures of the pre-existent monastery of San Girolamo di Casara, founded in 1334.

Paris Catacombs Tour

Explore the ancient underground tomb that house over 6 million Parisian bodies.

AGM 2012 report

On September 13th, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place. This time in European Capital of Culture 2012, Maribor.

Photo exhibition

In the frame of EUCEMET project, a photo Exhibition opening ceremony occured at Dobrava cemetery in Maribor on Thursday, 13th of September 2012.

Conference at AGM

In 2 days of AGM 2012, 10 amazing presentations, covering different aspects of promotion of cemeteries and their surrounding territories, took place.

ASCE scholars guides

Guided tour in AGM, September 14th 2012
This year, 6 children from Maribor elementary schools guided the ASCE members through Pobrežje cemetery.

AGM 2012 sponsors

Photo exhibition announcement

Opening of exhibition of photography under project EUCEMET

Conference of ASCE

Conference of Association of significant cemeteries in Europe (ASCE) from 13. – 15.9.2012 in Maribor, Slovenia

Sign up for AGM2012

Get ready for an amazing AGM 2012 in Maribor.

Landscaped cemetery of Lecco-Laorca

The cemetery of Laorca is located in the Laorca district of Lecco, at the foot of Mount S. Martino, along the Gerenzone River, cradle of the Lecchese steel industry and a particular example of a historic, landscaped cemetery.

The environment is still highly suggestive: at the foot of the Corno Medale stands a sort of natural amphitheater, created in a rocky spur and fraught with caves and ravines. This site holds the cemetery, several private chapels dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s, the ancient cemetery church of San Giovanni ai Morti and the chapels in Via Crucis. In the early 1900s the industrial families of the zone chose this site to build their private chapels and monumental tombs in an eclectic style that melds classical features with the imposing features of Art Nouveau.

As a whole it can be defined as a Sacromonte, a sacred mountain, for centuries a devotional site. The terraces enjoy a splendid view of the city of Lecco and the lake.

View of the cemetery from the upper terrace.

Theatre and concert at night in the Laorca cemetry

Guided tour in the Laorca cemetery

Monumental Cemetery of Lecco (Lecco, Italy)

The fields designated as municipal burial grounds are flanked on three sides by private chapels, all joined by a walkway.

Over 100 photos at AGM 2012

We have collected several hundred photos in recent 3 months from all over Europe.

Summer events at the Bologna Certosa Cemetery

Guided tours organized by Associazione Didasco.

Online Photo Competition | Glasnevin Museum

For the month of June Share your Glasnevin Museum Experience on Twitter #instaglasnevin

Closure of the WDEC 2012 in Rome

The program WDEC 2012 in Rome, organized by AMA Cimiteri Capitolini, hosted 12 guided tours in the Verano Monumental Cemetery

Opening of the Memorial Park Dobrava (Maribor, Slovenia)

The opening ceremony of the Memorial Park Dobrava took place on Wednesday 20th of June 2012.

From June 19th to October 2nd the summer events at the Bologna Certosa cemetery are back

The 2012 summer is now here with a new series of evening walks and events at the Bologna Certosa, transformed into a cemetery in 1801, and that over the centuries has become the largest monumental complex in Bologna.

WDEC: events in Rome, Verano Monumental Cemetery

The programme of the WDEC 2012 in Rome, promoted by AMA-Cimiteri Capitolini, holds several Guided Tours to help you explore the Verano Monumental Cemetery. Find Tour that match your interests, and plan your time during week end on June 9th and 10th.

All tours are free and will start from the “Guided Tours Info Point”, within cemetery, next to the mail entrance, in Verano’s Square.

Further informations on the website

WDEC events calendar

About Verano Monumental Cemetery

On Thursday 7th June meeting at "Il Cassero per la Scultura" museum in Montevarchi

On Thursday 7th June 2012, h. 9.30 pm, Melissa La Maida, Vice President of ASCE, and Roberto Martorelli, scientific curator of Certosa Monumental Cemetery of Bologna, will present the proceedings of ASCE Annual General Meeting held in Verona in 2006 and the activities of the Bolognese cemetery.

The conference will take place at "Il Cassero per la Scultura" museum in Montevarchi, Italy.

Concerto in Memoriam | Westerveld Cemetery & Crematorium

“Only music can speak of death.” This quote was the founding thought behind the Concerto in Memoriam in 1994, a memorial concert in Westerveld Cemetery & Crematorium’s monumental park, the first crematorium in the Netherlands.

AGM 2012 accomodation

AGM will take place at Hotel City Maribor, where you can make reservations.

Open Air Museums day in Milan

Photo exhibitions, multimedia presentations, poems recitals, concerts and many other interesting activities will take place in Milan on June 3rd to celebrate the Week of discovering European cemeteries.

The first volume of the series “Bologna sculptors from 19th and 20th centuries”

The presentation of the monograph by Federica Fabbro devoted to the sculptor Silverio Montaguti (1870-1947) will take place on Wednesday, May 23rd, 6 p.m., at the Library of San Giorgio in Poggiale - Fondazione CaRisBo, via Nazario Sauro 20/2, Bologna.

WDEC: Pobrežje cemetery events

See the cemetery through the eyes of children of Maribor primary schools.

WDEC: events in Genova, Staglieno Cemetery

The programme of the WDEC 2012 Genova holds many exciting events and activties to help you explore the Staglieno Cemetery, find sessions that match your interests, and plan your time during the Week of discovering European Cemeteries.

Anniversary in Varaždin

Parkovi d.d., the company which manages one of the most beautiful horticultural cemeteries in Europe - Varaždin cemetery, was established 60 years ago. On May 19th 2012 a ceremony was held in a concert hall in Varaždin.

WDEC: 100 guided tours in the Flemish and Brussels’ region

Two non-profit organizations – Epitaaf vzw and Grafzerkje vzw – joined efforts in order to attract Flemish cities and local authorities for the WDEC.