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 La Certosa di Bologna") is the result of four years of archives research on previously unpublished documents and it is the first attempt, within the framework of the studies on XIX century European cemeteries, to reconstruct, in its entirety, the activity of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«.