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.).



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


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


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