AGM 2022: Meet our guides

Guided tour at the New Cemetery in Belgrade
Get to know the two Art History students who will take us on a guided tour around the New Cemetery in Belgrade as part of the AGM 2022.

Guided tour at the New Cemetery in Belgrade

One of the events during the upcoming AGM will be a guided tour through the New Cemetery in Belgrade.

As a continuation of an intensive work with youth at cemeteries, this year we will have a special treat for the 2022 ASCE AGM & Conference participants. Namely, for several years now our company is taking part in Belgrade Internship Program intended for University Students. Two of our young interns are future Art Historians, who we believe will bring a fresh perspective, and will be our guides through the New Cemetery in Belgrade.

Meet Katarina and Marina

Katarina and Marina


Katarina is 4th year Art History undergraduate student, vivacious and vibrant, but on the other hand serious and meticulous. We believe her to be a future scholar.

Marina is a master’s student of Art History, quiet, easy going, however determined and interested in variety of topics. We are sure she will have a bright future in her filed.

A short guided tour insight

To tickle your imagination, the following is a short insight in what you will be able to see and hear on September 15, 2022, at the New Cemetery in Belgrade.

The New Cemetery in Belgrade

In addition to many architectural and sculptural treasures of the New Cemetery in Belgrade, including its distinctive Neo-Byzantine style, you will be able to see WWI & WWII military cemeteries, WWI ossuaries, including the Garden of Remembrance (beautiful rose garden intended for accommodation of cremated remains, initially designed with the intention to become a Turkish Military Cemetery).

Our guides will share intriguing stories about many authentic characters: a lawyer and a diplomat who was a personal friend of French Prime Minister and a US President during the Great War, married to an "American Million Dollar Princess"; sculptor who won a gold medal at the Paris World Fair in 1900; intellectual and patriot, who inspired the work of a famous American sculptress called "Modern Crusader";  WWI Field Marshal after whom a mountain located in Alberta, Canada, was named to honor the Serbian sacrifice during the Great War as a part Allied efforts in Europe; and many foreigners who settled in Belgrade in late 1800s and made Serbia their home.

Finally, you will be able to hear a story of a diplomat and politician who initiated the transfer of the urn with cremated remains of the world-renowned scientist Nikola Tesla to Belgrade, including some interesting details about his funeral both in USA and Belgrade, and how his urn ended up in a local museum.

Looking forward to seeing you in Belgrade and sharing many more stories with you!



You can find the whole AGM 2022 program HERE.

AGM 2022: Accommodation in Belgrade

Accommodation in Belgrade
Accommodation options for the AGM 2022, taking place in Belgrade, Serbia, from 15 to 17 September.

About accommodations in Belgrade

  • Local check-in time is around 14:00/15:00 hrs., predominantly 14:00 hrs.
  • Most of the hotels suggested in this post can organize shuttle bus transportation to the airport at reasonable prices.
  • The AGM venue is equipped with underground parking in case participants decide on the hotel a little further from the city center.

Make your reservation

Below you will find a list of accommodations in a relative close proximity (5-30 minutes) to the venue of the Annual General Meeting and Conference 2022.

Of course, you can use booking apps to find some other accommodation options that suit you better.

Either way, we would strongly encourage you to book your accommodation as soon as possible due to a few international events taking place in Belgrade in the same period as the AGM.


Hotel Nobel (23 Visegradska St., Belgrade, Serbia)

Hotel Nobel

  • Comfortable hotel in a historic building.
  • 54 rooms.
  • Approximately 18 minutes on foot to the AGM venue (5 minutes by car and 10 minutes by public transportation).
  • Hotel website
  • Hotel Facebook page

Mercure Belgrade Excelsior (5 Kneza Milosa St., Belgrade, Serbia)

Mercure Belgrade Excelsior
  • Comfortable, reasonably priced little hotel with cozy rooms.
  • Located just across the street from the AGM venue.
  • Parking available in underground garage under the Belgrade City Assembly.
  • Hotel website
  • Hotel Facebook page

Belgrade City Hotel (7 Savski trg St., Belgrade, Serbia)

Belgrade City Hotel
  • 150 rooms.
  • Centrally located within Savamala district - one of the most vibrant and most rapidly growing areas of Belgrade.
  • 10 minutes walk from the AGM venue.
  • Very reasonably priced.
  • Parking in internal courtyard – should be booked in advance.
  • Serving continental and gluten-free breakfast.
  • Hotel website

Golden Tulip Zira Belgrade (35 Ruzveltova St., Belgrade, Serbia)

Golden Tulip Zira Belgrade
  • 127 rooms.
  • Located in the vicinity of the New Cemetery of Belgrade.
  • Approximately 2 km from the AGM venue and the city center (5 minutes by car, 11 minutes by public transportation, around 20 minutes on foot).
  • Underground parking available in the vicinity.
  • Hotel website

Holiday Inn Express Belgrade City (23 Ruzveltova St., Belgrade, Serbia)

Holiday Inn Express Belgrade City
  • 122 rooms.
  • Located in the vicinity of the New Cemetery of Belgrade.
  • Approximately 2 km from the AGM venue (5 minutes by car, 11 minutes by public transportation, around 15 to 20 minutes on foot).
  • Parking available.
  • Hotel website

Garni Hotel Heritage (7a Mije Kovačevića St., Belgrade, Serbia)

Garni Hotel Heritage
  • 40 rooms.
  • Located in the broader center of Belgrade, in the vicinity of the New Cemetery of Belgrade.
  • Approximately 3 km from the AGM venue (5 minutes by car, 18 minutes by public transportation, around 30 minutes on foot).
  • Parking available in front of the hotel.
  • Hotel website

Metropol Palace (69 Bulevear Karalja Aleksandra St., Belgrade, Serbia)

Metropol Palace
  • 236 air-conditioned rooms.
  • Located in the center of Belgrade.
  • Approximately 1,6 km form the AGM venue (3 minutes by car, 8 minutes by public transportation, around 13 on foot).
  • Parking available (possibility of hiring a valet).
  • Hotel website

88 Rooms Hotel (49 Takovska St., Belgrade, Serbia)

88 Rooms Hotel
  • Located in the broader center of Belgrade.
  • Approximately 2,6 km from the AGM venue (4,5 minutes by car, 10 to 12 minutes by public transportation, 18 minutes on foot).
  • Parking available.
  • Serving vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free breakfast.
  • Hotel website

Amsterdam Hotel (10 Jug Bogdanova, Belgrade, Serbia)

Amsterdam Hotel
  • 41 rooms.
  • Located in the city center.
  • Approximately 800 meters from the AGM venue (less than 5 minutes by car, 10 minutes on foot).
  • Private parking available.
  • Hotel website

Garni Hotel Opera (16 Brace Jugovica St., Belgrade, Serbia)

Garni Hotel Opera
  • Prime location in downtown Belgrade.
  • Approximately 800 meters from the AGM venue (9 minutes by public transportation and 8 minutes on foot).
  • Reasonably priced and well recommended hotel.
  • Quiet, in spite of being located in the vicinty of the National Theatre and the main shopping street.
  • Hotel website

Garni Hotel Le Petit Piaf (38 Skadarska St., Belgrade, Serbia)

Garni Hotel Le Petit Piaf
  • 18 cozy rooms.
  • Located in the heart of Belgrade’s bohemian street of Skadarlija.
  • 8 minutes from the AGM venue by public transportation, 12 minutes on foot.
  • Garage available (reservations requested).
  • Serving continental, vegetarian and gluten-free breakfast.
  • Hotel website

Hotel Constantine the Great (27. marta St. No. 12, Belgrade, Serbia)

Hotel Constantine the Great
  • Modern, luxury hotel located close to the city center.
  • 50 rooms.
  • The distance from the AGM venue is approximately 4 minutes by car, 10 minutes by public transportation or 13 minutes on foot.
  • Private parking and garage available.
  • Hotel website

Hotel Majestic (Obilićev Venac 28, Belgrade, Serbia)

Hotel Majestic
  • Main entrance is on the Obilićev Venac 28 while the back entrance is on Maršala Birjuzova 10.
  • Built in 1936, Hotel Majestic is proteced as one of Belgrade’s historical landmarks.
  • It was the first art deco building of its kind in the capital.
  • Located in a quiet street, at the very center of Belgrade.
  • The distance from the AGM venue is approximately 6 minutes by car, 8 minutes by public transportation or 10 minutes on foot.
  • 83 rooms.
  • On-site garage availabe.
  • Hotel website

Hotel Envoy (13 Cika Ljubina St., Belgrade, Serbia)

Hotel Envoy
  • Modern, cozy, luxury hotel located in the very heart of Belgrade, tucked in a quiet pedestrian street.
  • The distance from the AGM venue is approximately 6 minutes by car, 8 minutes by public transportation or 10 minutes on foot.
  • Hotel website

AGM 2022: Welcome to Belgrade

AGM 2022in Belgrade
Useful information and tips when visiting Belgrade during this year's Annual General Meeting and Conference.

AGM 2022 date and location

The AGM and Conference 2022 will take place on the 15th, 16th, and 17th of September 2022 in the Belgrade City Assembly – Old Court Palace (Dragoslava Jovanovića 2, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia), which is:Belgrade City Assembly – Old Court Palace
  • Located in downtown Belgrade in the historical building;
  • Across the street from the State Assembly Building and beside the Presidential Offices;
  • Easy accessible by car & public transportation;
  • Underground parking available;
  • Nearby city center hotels, restaurants & shopping;
  • Cozy green area (city park) just outside the facility.

Easy Access to Belgrade

Belgrade is located at the crossroads of the entire corner of Europe. It is positioned at the intersection of the European E-70 and E-75 highways and can be reached from most of the European cities by 1,5 to 2,5 hours lasting flights.

Where to stay in Belgrade?

Accommodations in Belgrade
We would strongly encourage participants to book their accommodation as soon as possible due to a few international events taking place in Belgrade in the same period as ASCE AGM. Therefore, we have prepared a list of suggested hotels in a relative close proximity (5-30 minutes) to the venue and of a wider price range.

Of course, you can also use booking apps to find some other options.

Belgrade and Belgraders

Belgrade is outspoken, loud and audacious. Its turbulent past unfolds before your eyes: brutalist buildings squeezed between art-nouveau masterpieces and Viennese Secession gems, while the of Austro-Hungarian influences may be seen shoulder to shoulder with the Ottoman Relics.

Belgraders are vivacious, spontaneous, charmingly out of tune with the World as Belgrade itself, always ready to help, sometimes going to the extreme lengths, just to create the best possible experience for the visitor.

Soul food

Traditional food "čevapčiči"Rest assured that you will never be hungry in Belgrade. From traditional restaurants in the bohemian district of Skadarlija, to contemporary fusion restaurants, you may taste iconic traditional dishes such as “roštilj” (Serbian barbecue) “sarma” (stuffed cabbage rolls), “gibanica” (cheese pie), or modern elaborate foods from all corners of the World.

Even though Serbia is still predominantly a country of meat eaters, there is an interesting emerging vegan and vegetarian restaurant scene. Anyway, even the most traditional restaurants will always be ready to fulfill most of your wishes food wise, the best they can. Check  10 best vegan eateries in Belgrade.

Top 5 attractions to see in Belgrade

1. Belgrade Fortress - dating from ancient Roman times,constructed all throughout the 1st to the 18th century.
2. Skadarlija Bohemian District - Montmartre of Belgrade with many traditional restaurants.
3. Nikola Tesla Museum - harobors the urn with cremated remains of the world renounced scientist.
4. St. Sava Church - one of the largest Orthodox Christian temples in the World. It can be seen from whatever side a visitor approaches downtown Belgrade.
5. Savamala District - waterfront promenade, vibrant restaurant and club scene.

2022 EU heritage days

The New Cemetery in Belgrade
Belgrade hosts around 100 festivals, most of them of international character, some well-established. The beginning of the ASCE Conference coincides with the European Heritage days (mid-September to mid- October 2022). The New Cemetery in Belgrade participates in this manifestation since 2014. This year’s topic is “Sustainable Heritage”.

Cemeteries in Belgrade

10 largest urban cemeteries managed by Public Utility Company “Funeral services” Belgrade encompass the area close to 350 hectares, representing the final resting place for more than 720.000 people, while harboring in excess of 300.000 burial places.

Tips for visitors

Watch the awarded official promotional video of Tourist Organization of Belgrade on YouTube: “Belgrade Walk through History and Culture”

The following are some interesting links to explore before you arrive to Belgrade:

We are looking forward to seeing you in Belgrade!

AGM program and sign up

You can find the AGM 2022 program and sign up form at this LINK.

AGM and Conference 2022

European Cemeteries Route successfully evaluated as a Cultural Route

Cultural Route certificate
To retain the label of a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, European Cemeteries Route has been evaluated in the framework of a three-year evaluation-cycle by European Institute of Cultural Routes.

About European Cemeteries Route

European Cemeteries Route is a project established by ASCE in 2010. It refers to cemeteries as places of life, settings that, as urban spaces, are directly linked to the history and culture of the community they belong to and where we will find many of our references.

Members of the route organize guided tours, events and other activities at the cemeteries, with the aim of informing visitors and making them aware of the important cultural heritage reflected in cemeteries.

European Cemeteries Route as a Cultural Route

European Cemeteries Route has been a certified "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” since 2010.

Every three years, the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) meets to renew this certification to networks, such as the European Cemeteries Route.

The final step of this year's thorough, more than 6-month long evaluation process took place on 5 and 6 May 2022, in Luxembourg, where European Cemeteries Route successfully passed the evaluation and, by meeting all the required criteria, obtained the right to further use the label Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.

You can find the details about the evaluation process HERE.

Importance of the regular evaluation process

Throughout the last ten years, European Cemeteries Route has been evaluated 3 times. Always with success and observed as one of the routes that performs really well.

In many ways it may be seen as leading developer for the sector of cultural tourism.Yet again each time it went through the evaluation process, we have learned that there are possible improvements and unexploited potentials, such us:

  • improvements in our work,
  • improvements in the government networking,
  • improvements in the research and cooperation with the academic sector,
  • possibilities in cultural crossroads concept.
You can find more about the improvements and plans that European Cemeteries Route will work on in the future HERE.

Call for hosting AGM 2023, 2024, 2025

Varaždin cemetery Croatia
Seize the opportunity to become the host of the ASCE Annual General Meeting and Conference and take advantage of the benefits that this position brings to your cemetery and city.

Benefits of hosting AGM

Each year the Annual General Meeting attracts over 100 cemetery academics, artists and professionals from all over Europe. We generate a lot of public attention and through the conference help expose important topics from modern cemeteries management.

Hosting the AGM is a great opportunity especially when it coincides with other relevant events of the city. The main benefits are:

  • international exposure through several communication channels of ASCE, especially in professional, diplomatic and academic circles;
  • attention of local and regional media due to interesting authors and international attendance;
  • networking for local companies allowing to promote their products and services through sponsorship or other inclusions into the conference theme;
  • international promotion of local academics and networking with other institutions thus creating new possibilities for joint researches;
  • proposing and directing the theme relevant for local cemetery or situation and thus gathering important know-how for solving the situations.

Guidelines and application form

Due to much interest in hosting we have prepared some guidelines for all candidates on how to approach becoming the host.

To apply for hosting the AGM in 2023, 2024 or 2025, follow the link below:

AGM host application form







*Photo of the Cemetery of Varaždin (Croatia). Copyright by Darko Gorenak.

AGM 2022: Guided walk at the Zemun Cemetery

Zemun Cemetery (Belgrade, Serbia)
One of the activities that is going to take place during the Annual General Meeting and Conference 2022 is a guided walk around the Zemun Cemetery and the city of Zemun.

About the Zemun Cemetery

At the right bank of the Danube River, high on the Grados Hill, safely tucked behind the defense walls with the bastions and loopholes formerly belonged to the Zemun City rampart, lies the oldest and still operating cemetery in Belgrade, established during the first decades of 18th Century – Zemun Cemetery.

The Zemun Jewish CemeteryZemun on the Danube, once an independent city, became a part of Belgrade only in 1934 and is now one of its municipalities. Zemun has a long history and rich cultural heritage, dating form prehistoric times. The city itself welcomed all those who were brought to this diverse environment by historic winds and the Danube River waives.

The Gardos Hill where the cemetery is located, is the oldest part of the settlement, now a core of the Zemun’s old town. For centuries, this cemetery was the final resting place for locals and newcomers alike, wherever they came from. Thy lived and worked together, fought wars, loved and shared passions, whereas many of them gained respect, fortune and even glory.

The Zemun CemeteryOver time the three confessions, initially each keeping to its own side of the burial ground blended together: Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish, but also the atheists and those undecided. People of all classes, origin, social status, positions, rich and poor, worriers and victims, they all found their piece together. The Cemetery harbors the catholic chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows, orthodox St Demetrious Chapel, Statue of the Christ Crucifix, in addition to one of the oldest Jewish Cemeteries in Serbia and WWII partisan cemetery. They all came together as equals in eternity: winners and losers of the Great War, worriers and victims of the WWII, each claiming their well-deserved place: aristocratic mausoleums next to ossuaries, grandiose headstones of the rich merchants alongside the modest graves of unknown ordinary citizens, last resting places of clergy and distinguished persons beside the graves of the individuals with “checkered past”.

Shouldering the burden of the city’s history, Zemun Cemetery itself participated in its creation. Once located outside the city walls, the cemetery is now surrounded by residential areas, separated by the gates and the terrain configuration, with the astonishing view to the famous Tower of John Hunyadi, also known as Gardos or Millennium Tower.

AGM 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia

AGM 2022 sign up

This year's AGM and Conference will take place on the 15th, 16th, and 17th of September 2022 in the Belgrade City Assembly – Old Court Palace, Dragoslava Jovanovića 2, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia.

You can sign up for participation here.

"Eternitatea" Cemetery of Galati (Galati, Romania)

"Eternitatea" Cemetery of Galati (Galati, Romania)
Through the monuments, inscriptions, architecture and landscape, the "Eternitatea" [„Eternity”] Cemetery of Galati is a reminder of past historical events and a representative of Romanian culture.

About the cemetery

The “Eternitatea” cemetery was established by the City Hall of Galati following the implementation of the Law for burials, which was issued in 1865 by the Government led by Mihail Kogalniceanu; it claimed that no cemetery should be built next to churches and monasteries, but at least 200 meters from the outskirts of cities.

Construction began in 1865. There are two buildings, with one of the rooms being intended to serve as an Orthodox chapel. The cemetery systemization plan included from the very beginning a particular place for the construction of a church. In May 1866, the building where the temporary chapel was set to function was already raised with the roof having been installed, but it still needed the flooring installed and the walls plastered.

„Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary” Church (1913)

The cemetery - with a total area of 22 hectares - was divided into 9 plots proportional to the following religious denominations: Orthodox, Catholic, Calvinist, Protestant, Armenian, Lipovan, Muslim and Jewish. The ninth plot was intended to be used for suicides.

The consecration of the graveyard church, dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was celebrated in February 1913. Near the Church, there are graves belonging to notable personalities, which stand out for both their artistic and historical-monumental value.

The "Eternitatea" Cemetery is also the place where monuments were built in memory of Romanian and foreign heroes who fell on the battlefield in World War I and World War II, but also during the Romanian Revolution of December 1989. The most imposing monument is the Heroes Mausoleum, followed by the Romainian Heroes Memorial, French Heroes Memorial, German Heroes Memorial, Soviet Heroes Memorial.

Important graves and monuments

Heroes Mausoleum (1925-1927)

Heroes Mausoleum
The Heroes Mausoleumwas built in honor of the Romanian heroes who fell on the battlefield in the Romanian War of Independence (1877-1878) and in the First and Second World War. The mausoleum was built between 1925-1927, according to the plans of Mihail Popescu, chief architect of Galati City Hall at the time.

World War II Heroes Memorial (1941-1945)
By the eastern end of the cemetery, we encounter the Heroes Memorial, which was designed by sculptor Gheorghe Terescenco. It has the shape of an approximately 6 meters tall rectangular column, built using reinforced concrete and covered in marble. At the top of the column there stands a 2 meters cast stone eagle with its wings spread holding a cross in its beak. The monument was inaugurated on October 25, 1997.

Romanian Heroes Graveyard The 1989 Romanian Revolution Heroes Memorial
In front of the mausoleum, next to the French heroes’ graveyard, we encounter the Graveyard of the Heroes of the 1989 Romanian Revolution. The memorial, in the shape of a white marble obelisk was designed by architect Aurel Pop and built in 1990. The inscription reads ”Honor to our heroes”.

The French Heroes Graveyard
The graveyard of French heroes is located to the west of the Heroes Mausoleum. Here lie the remains of 61 French soldiers and 9 Algerian soldiers who were part of the Berthelot mission. The graves of French heroes are guarded by swords in the shape of a cross, while those of Algerian heroes are adorned with monuments displaying Arabic inscriptions.

German Heroes MemorialThe German Heroes Memorial
In the eastern part of the cemetery we discover both the Memorial and the graves of German War heroes, with an imposing granite cross in its central part. Some interesting words can be read here by passers-by: "Remember them and the victims of all wars, their fate compels us to understanding".

The Soviet Heroes Memorial
In the central part of the cemetery we encounter the Memorial and graveyard of the World War II Soviet Heroes. Built in the shape of an obelisk, the monument displays an inscription which reads: "Eternal glory to the soldiers of the Soviet army who gave their lives in the fight for the liberation of humanity from fascist slavery", written in both Russian and Romanian.

Public figures burried in ”Eternitatea” Cemetery

Tomb of Vincenzzo Fanciotti
  • Charles Cunningham (1801-1860): the former vice-consul and later consul of the British Kingdom in Galati and Braila.
  • Vincenzzo Fanciotti (1824-1886): the owner of a commercial house that exported grain and contributor to the construction of the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Commercial School.
  • Gheorghe Fulger (1832-1899): a large rural landowner and merchant, president of the interim commission and mayor of Galati from March 1883 to April 1884, member of the county committee, elected to the Fourth College in February 1880 and candidate for the Romanian Senate in 1888.
  • Aristide Papadopol (1838-1917): a rich merchant who remained in the history of Galati not through his pecuniary wealth but through his love of art.
  • Ioan D. Prodrom (1867-1952): a philanthropist and politician from Galati.
  • Nicolae Mantu (1871-1957): one of the most appreciated Romanian painters

You can find more about the important graves, monuments and public figures burried in ”Eternitatea” Cemetery HERE.

Cemetery location

221 George Cosbuc Street,
800552, Galati,
Romania

Cemetery contacts

Ionuț Pucheanu
e-mail: ionuț.pucheanu@primariagalati.ro
phone: +40 0236307700

Vergiliu Vals
e-mail: vergiliu.vals@primariagalati.ro

Cristi Ochiu
e-mail: cristi.ochiu@primariagalati.ro

Cristina Zanfir
e-mail: cristina.zanfir@primariagalati.ro

Basic cemetery data

Managing organization: City Hall of Galati
Ownership: City Council of Galati

Number of graves: 26.684
Cemetery size in m2: 213.996 m2
Cemetery type: religious, military

Photos from the WDEC 2022 in Krakow

WDEC 2022 in Krakow
A short summary and photos from the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries 2022 in the New Cemetery of Podgorze in Krakow (Poland).

Guided walk at the New Cemetery of Podgorze

Almost two hours, six guides and 14 amazing stories about people buried at the cemetery - that is the summary of the guided walk at the New Cemetery of Podgorze in Krakow during this year's Week of Discovering European Cemeteries.

Among others, visitors had the opportunity to discover the graves of well know writers, actors, priests, presidents, football players... People who shaped the city.

You can read more about the event HERE.


WDEC 2022 in Krakow WDEC 2022 in Krakow WDEC 2022 in Krakow

Vacancy for Director of the The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome

The Non-Catholic Cemetery (Rome, Italy)
The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome is seeking a director. Applications deadline is July 11, 2022.

The Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners in Rome is seeking a DIRECTOR

The Director of the Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners in Rome will be responsible for managing the funerary activity of an active burial-ground which is also widely recognised as a historic site of great cultural significance.

Main functions

The main functions are: organisation of funerals, burials and commemorations, and planning and implementation of a long-term strategy; administration, human resource management, site maintenance and protection, visitor management and external relations. The Director reports to the President of the Assembly of Ambassadors which is responsible for the Cemetery, and to the Advisory Committee.

Conditions

The following are required: experience of financial management in a cultural organisation, excellent knowledge of written and spoken Italian and English, strong skills in interpersonal relationships, good computer skills, ability to work independently and to delegate and coordinate with consultants as required, and above all integrity, enthusiasm and empathy.

The terms and conditions of employment will be reviewed with successful applicants.

Application procedure

Further details for submitting applications should be requested from vacancy@cemeteryrome.it
Deadline for submitting applications is midnight 11 July 2022.

Job starting date: 1 January 2023.


Il Cimitero Acattolico per Stranieri di Roma cerca DIRETTORE

Al Direttore del Cimitero Acattolico per Stranieri di Roma spetta la gestione dell'attività funeraria di un attivo cimitero, ampiamente riconosciuto anche come luogo storico di grande rilevanza culturale.

Funzioni principali

Le funzioni principali sono: organizzazione di funerali, sepolture e commemorazioni e pianificazione e attuazione di una strategia a lungo termine; amministrazione, gestione delle risorse umane, manutenzione e protezione del sito, gestione dei visitatori e relazioni esterne. Il Direttore riporta al Presidente dell'Assemblea degli Ambasciatori che è responsabile del Cimitero, e al Comitato Consultivo.

Condizioni

Sono richiesti: esperienza di gestione finanziaria in un'organizzazione culturale, ottima conoscenza della lingua italiana e inglese scritta e parlata, spiccate capacità nelle relazioni interpersonali, buone competenze informatiche, capacità di lavorare in autonomia e di delegare e coordinarsi con consulenti secondo necessità, e soprattutto tutta integrità, entusiasmo ed empatia.

I termini e le condizioni di lavoro saranno esaminati con i candidati prescelti.

Procedura di domanda

Maggiori dettagli per la presentazione delle domande devono essere richiesti a vacancy@cemeteryrome.it
Il termine per la presentazione delle domande è la mezzanotte dell'11 luglio 2022.

Data di inizio del lavoro: 1 gennaio 2023.

WDEC 2022: Students visited the Catholic Cemetery Dubovac

Students at the Catholic Cemetery Dubovac
Photos of Dubovac Elementary School students visiting the Catholic Cemetery Dubovac during this year's Week of Discovering European Cemeteries.

On the first day of June, on the occasion of the "Week of Discovering European Cemeteries 2022", a free tour of the Catholic Cemetery Dubovac in Karlovac, organized by the company Zelenilo, was held under the expert guidance of tourist guide Ivančica Šebalj.

This year's tour of the Dubovac cemetery, which has been a member of the ASCE since 2014, was joined by students from the Dubovac Elementary School, who listened with interest to the appealing and instructive stories of Ivančica Šebalj.

The establishment of ASCE and its significance

ASCE Meeting in 2003
ASCE was the first European organisation that dealt with cemeteries as a cultural asset rather than as burial grounds.

The idea of starting something new

At the end of 1999, my mixed fortunes as a civil service manager in the cultural sector who always tried to do his job with pride and competence, landed me with a job move to the Certosa di Bologna, the cemetery of my city. It was meant as a punishment but it later proved to be an extraordinary opportunity. 

When confronted with a new challenge, I would usually consider the best European examples in the field to copy them or, better, adapt them to the situation in Italy. But this time I drew a blank. I found that, sadly and inexplicably, there was no European organisation that dealt with cemeteries as a cultural asset rather than as burial grounds. I therefore resolved to set one up. 

Bringing together like-minded people

I would say that our "club", the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE) is one of the first children of the internet. Indeed, I began browsing existing sites, collecting e-mail addresses, looking for a few names. Then I called a first meeting, sending invitations by e-mail. We met over dinner, on a balmy Italian evening in a beautiful street in the city centre that was closed to traffic, with a final downpour by way of blessing. It was an immediate success, so great was the need to meet among European researchers, scholars, and culturally aware officials who had realised the importance of cemeteries in the history of art and architecture, and in themselves as summaries, microcosms of the history of cities and countries. 

The following meeting, again in Bologna, saw the birth of ASCE, which succeeded in drawing together all those brilliant minds, and over these past twenty years has radically changed the public perception of burial grounds, bringing them fully into the cultural circuits, and rescuing them from the mixture of ignorance and superstition to which they had been relegated. From the outset, the contribution of Eastern European countries, at the time recently freed from Soviet rule, was extremely important.

Team effort that led to great successes

In addition to launching this association, I was its president for seven years. It was an intellectual, political and personal adventure, which to me is summed up by the friendly faces of Tamara, Ilme, Indre, Audrone, Martin, Gunnar, Anders, Maria Luisa, Giulio, Lidija and many others that I would like to meet again, under the expert guidance of Franco Sborgi, Ornella Selvafolta, Paride Caputi and Paolo Giordano.

I share with Anders the great satisfaction of receiving the Europa Nostra Award and with Maria Luisa Yzaguirre the recognition of cemeteries as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.

Long live ASCE!


Mauro Felicori
founder of ASCE and its first president



*You can find the original article HERE.

Photos of the WDEC 2022 in Budapest

WDEC 2022 in Budapest
Events from the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries 2022 in Budapest, summarized in a short photo review.

This year, the National Heritage Institute (NHI) joined the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries (WDEC) with various colorful events, that took place from May 27 to June 1, 2022, at the Fiumei Road Cemetery in Budapest (Hungary).

For those of you who could not attend the events, or just want to relive the memories, we collected some highlights of the events in the photos below.

Opening of the Sculpture Park at the Fiumei Road Cemetery

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Poetry theater with Miklós Turek at the Fiumei Road Cemetery

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"In the footsteps of heroes" – Family Day at the Fiumei Road Cemetery

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Crossroads of diversity: photo exhibition

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