The Catholic cemetery of the Capuchins began to provide services in 1817 and today consist of 13.612 graves.
The Catholic cemetery of the Capuchins (Cementiri Municipal dels Caputxins) began to provide services in 1817. A few years later, in 1876 started the construction of the new cemetery located next to Catholic cemetery (recognized as the Protestant or Spiritualists cemetery too). In 1982 Catholic Church offers the two cemeteries to the City Hall and now is the public cemetery of the Capuchins.
Since 1817, the Board of Works of Santa Maria buried at the top of the convent’s grounds, area that was purchased in 1820 by the Capuchin community. The rest of the estate of the Capuchins, including the ruins of the convent, abandoned in 1835, was expropriated by the state and auctioned in 1844 as a “Bé Nacional” (National asset). On 10 May 2015 it was purchased at auction by the Board of Works of Santa Maria that they wanted to build the new cemetery. The Cemetery of the Capuchins was designed by Miquel Garriga i Roca in 1844 where there was a Capuchin monastery.
The Cemetery of the Capuchins is a municipal and civil cemetery, owned by the Mataró City Hall (Spain), managed by Cementiris Metropolitans CGC, S.L. and protected by the Local cultural heritage for the Government of Catalonia. It extends on the surface of 34.243 m² and holds 13.612 graves, of which 61 Pantheons, 56 Tombs and 13.497 Niches. The deceased are mainly Catalans of catholic religion.
Important graves and monuments
Some of the graves and monumenst on Municipal Cemetery of the Capuchins with historical and cultural meanings are:
- Josep Puig i Cadafalch: He was born in Mataró and he was a “modernista” architect, the Catalan Art Nouveau, who designed many significant buildings in Barcelona like Casa Amatller, near the Casa Batlló, one of the most important buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí. Josep Puig i Cadafalch was the President of the Commonwealth of Catalonia (1917-24). He died in 1956 in Barcelona.
- Miquel Biada i Bunyol: He founded in 1848 the first railway line in the Iberian Peninsula and that connected Barcelona with Mataró. However, he died 6 month before the inauguration so he couldn’t see his work.
- Pantheon Marfà - Mesquera: Pantheon designed by Emili Cabanyes, 1906.
- Josep Castellà i Vilà: He was a boat captain who transported people to New York, Cuba and Mexico during the war between Spain and USA. He repatriated soldiers after de Cuba’s war. He died in 1916 in Barcelona.
- Domènec Rovira i Castellà: He was a young musician, an excellent pianist and the director of the Municipal Band of Mataró (1939-1944). He died in 1944, when he was 31 years old.
- Tomb of the International Brigades: Monument in memory for the international brigades that fought against fascism and dead in Mataró during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
- Eugeni Pere Cendoya Oscoz: He was an important architect and disciple of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, who was highly influential on “Modernisme català”, the Catalan Art Nouveau. He died in 1975 in Barcelona. The sculptor was Frederic Marès, a famous sculptor who was made a lot of urban sculptures in Barcelona.
Programs of research, conservation and preservation
We are doing “The Plain of recuperation and restoration inside the cemetery and their outsides”.
Cultural activities in the cemeteryBelow, there are listed some of the cultural activities taking place at the cemetery:
- Good Friday: Via Crucis
- Last Sunday of October: Guied Visit to the cemetery
- The first of November: Concert All Saints
- During the year: Culturals exhibitions in the chapel of the cemetery
Points of interest
Cemetery contacts:Carretera de Cirera, 239, 08304 Mataró (Barcelona)
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