Final event of the FAB Routes project

FAB Routes project
On November 29, 2022, the final event of the project "FAB Routes: Digital Skills to Promote EU Cultural Routes" will be held in the city of Forlì, Italy.

Invitation to the event

On behalf of the ATRIUM route of the Council of Europe we would like to inform you that on November 29, 2022, from 9.30 to 12.30, the final event of the FAB Routes project will be held in the Hall of Constellations ("Sala delle Costellazioni") in the former aeronautical college, today Morgagni Classical High School ("Liceo Classico Morgagni") in Viale Roma 2Forlì, Italy. 

The event will include the inauguration of the Council of Europe Routes exhibition and the presentation of the project results. A guided tour to the dissonant heritage present in the city centre of Forlì is also scheduled. 

About the FAB Routes project

"FAB Routes: Digital Skills to Promote EU Cultural Routes" is a KA202 - Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training project, co-funded by the Erasmus + programme under the Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices call.

The general objective of the project is to design a new training methodology and educational module aimed at fostering and enriching the knowledge and transversal competences of the staff members and operators of the EU Cultural Routes (CRs) recognized by the Council of Europe, in order to improve CRs management and promotion in the field of sustainable and cultural tourism.

You can find more about the project HERE.

150 years of Kozala Cemetery

Kozala Cemetery
1872 is the year when the Kozala Cemetery in Rijeka (Croatia) has become a communal cemetery of public interest.

The history of Rijeka, a city that flows, lives, and always rises again, is made up of our lives, efforts and efforts of our predecessors.

They are gone, but they are still here, ours. Lives lining up, one after the other through generations: births and deaths. And they became part of our lives, part of our city.

Kozala and Trsat cemeteries, as well as other Rijeka cemeteries, are in the heart of the city of Rijeka, its living part, taking over the role of parks, promenades, and open-air museums.

150 years ago, on January 1, 1872, information about a burial at the Kozala Cemetery was entered in the Book of Burials. That first entry is the official beginning of the Kozala Cemetery as a communal cemetery of public interest.

From then until today, under the cypress trees of Kozala, an entire city rests. 115 thousand deceased souls of different nationalities and religions.

Rijeka's multiculturalism, national and religious tolerance is felt at every step through the soothing alleys and lawns of its cemeteries.

Funeral arrangements for minorities and migrants

Jewish Cemetery
Short presentation of the project "Cemeteries and Crematoria as public spaces of belonging in Europe: a study of migrant and minority cultural inclusion, exclusion and integration".

About the research

This HERA-funded CeMi project has researched the issue of cemeteries and crematoria not being inclusive enough regarding minorities and migrants in a modern multicultural Europe. The aim was to find possible solutions for this situation and present lessons for policy makers, politicians, and stakeholders at all levels, that will help to build more inclusive and heritage-sensitive communities.

The study was carried out on the example of 6 European countries: Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, and Sweden but it could certainly be applied to many other countries in Europe and the world.

You can find out more about the project at this LINK.

Presentation of the results

A public presentation of the study will be held on November 17, 2022, from 1.00 to 2.30, at the Netherlands House for Education and Research (NETH-ER), 22, rue d'Arlon, 1050 Brussels.

The presentation will include the final report on funeral arrangements for minorities and migrants in the aforementioned countries as well as some recommendations for future improvements.

The individual articles are available HERE.

The number of places at the presentation is limited so registration is required.

Animation video about this topic

Researchers worked with animator Stacy Bias to provide an overview of different religious and secular practices in cemeteries and crematoria. The animation video seeks to highlight that the enablement of different ritual and spatial requirements is important for the provision of inclusive public cemeteries and crematoria.

*The cover image is symbolic. Source: Pixabay

Success of the meeting "Mirogoj: challenges of heritage preservation"

Experts meeting Mirogoj: challenges of heritage preservation
The event that took place on October 27, 2022, received many positive responses and organisers would like to thank everyone involved for their participation.

About the experts meeting

On Thursday, October 27, 2022, a live-streamed experts meeting entitled "Mirogoj: challenges of heritage preservation" took place as one of the project activities within the framework of the long-term efforts of the gathered collaborators in finding solutions for the challenges of the daily functioning of the Monumental Cemetery Mirogoj, the upcoming reconstruction of the cemetery after the earthquake in 2020, and in relation to the potential of Mirogoj as a tourist-heritage destination. 

Among the speakers at the event was also ASCE president, Mrs Lidija Pliberšek.

During the meeting, the live broadcast was followed by about 110 viewers, and the current figure of over 200 views refers to subsequent access to the recording available for viewing at this LINK

Thanks to the participants

The organisers of the event thank the participants with the following words:

"We would like to thank you all for your participation in the expert meeting dedicated to Mirogoj, as well as for your efforts in preparing individual presentations. Positive reactions have not been absent and are still not abating, which is primarily due to your valuable professional and practical contributions in understanding the various dimensions of the heritage values of the historical Mirogoj cemetery, and the layered issues of long-term management of this protected area and active city cemetery. We are especially grateful for the provided perspective of international networking around the topic of the touristic and educational potential of historical cemeteries."

TV show and radio broadcast

In addition to the previously prepared episodes of the show "Historical Controversies" for the Third Program of HR (available HERE), for which we once again sincerely thank Mr. Gordan Ravančić, the topic of the restoration of Mirogoj and the entire collaboration was also present on the air of Radio Sljema.

Immediately after the meeting, the head of the City Institute for the Protection of Cultural and Natural Monuments, Lana Križaj, was a guest of the program "We are rebuilding Zagreb together", with an appropriate comment by the head of the City Cemeteries branch office, Igor Rađenović.

Therefore, we would like to thank both of them for this added contribution and share the LINK for subsequent listening to the recording of the show for all those interested.

Photos from the experts meeting

Restoration of Maciachini’s family tomb

Maciachini’s family tomb
On April 2, 2023, at 11am, the official unveiling of the restored Maciachini’s family tomb will take place at the Milan monumental Cemetery in Italy.

Carlo Maciachini (1818 - 1899)

Maciachini’s Tombstone

The architect Carlo Maciachini was born on April 2, 1818, in Induno Olona and died on June 10, 1899, in Varese. He studied Architecture and Ornamentation at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. 

His first major work as an architect was the construction of the Serbian-Orthodox Church of San Spiridione in Trieste. Then, in 1863, the international competition launched for building a bigger cemetery in Milan chose his proposal for the design of the new Milan Monumental Cemetery.

Maciachini is universally acclaimed by historians and academics as his eclectic style is a prelude of modern architecture, even if it does not miss tradition.

Restoration of Maciachini’s family tomb

Plan of the Maciachini’s tomb

Maciachini’s family tomb is located between two arches in Section A-B of the West Lower Gallery at the Milan Monumental Cemetery and is fully neglected. The association Amici del Monumentale di Milano was established in 2013 with the purpose of safeguarding, perpetuating, enhancing, and promoting the history, art, and cultural heritage of this important cemetery. Considering the great symbolic, historic, and artistic importance of this tomb, the association decided to finance and promote its restoration.

The restoration project has the patronage of the Municipality of Milan, Induno Olona, the Chamber of Architects, City Planners, Landscape-Architects and Curators of the Province of Milan. Pending is the patronage of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts.

During the restoration works, students of the art schools of Milan and province as well as members of the Italian Agency for the Deaf will have a chance to listen to the restorers explaining the various stages of their work, materials and techniques employed.

Amici del Monumentale is also a member of ASCE and FIDAM (Italian Federation of the Friends of Museum). The association has already financed three remarkable restorations: Ave Maria by Giulio Branca, Ecce Puer by Medardo Rosso and The Guardian Angel by Luigi Buzzi Giberto.

Unveiling of the restored tomb

Detail on the Maciachini’s tomb

The official unveiling of Maciachini’s restored tomb will take place on April 2, 2023, at 11am, at the Milan Monumental Cemetery.

The ceremony will be attended by the mayor of Milan, Beppe Sala, the mayor of Induno Olona, Marco Cavallin, and members of the Italian Agency for the Deaf with a Sign Language Interpreter. 

All visitors will receive a brochure illustrating the various restoration stages. A guided walk to the chapels and monuments executed by Maciachini (approx. 20) will take place soon after the ceremony.

Memorial evenings at Eastern Cemetery in Innsbruck

Memorial evening at Eastern Cemetery in Innsbruck 2022
Every year, a memorial evening will take place at Eastern Cemetery in Innsbruck in honour of people who, during their lifetime, left an important mark on society in terms of togetherness, mindfulness, and peace.

Memorial evening for Edith Stein

On October 7, 2022, a concert and reading took place on the 80th anniversary of Edith Stein's death as part of "Quo Vadis Fundamentum" initiative, compiled by Tony Obergantschnig and with the collaboration of artist and Guitarist Walter Tolloy, the musician Markus Geyr, and the actress Bernadette Abendstein, who read texts from Edith Stein.

This was the start of a new series of such evenings in the consecration hall in the Eastern Cemetery in Innsbruck, Austria.

Each year, a deceased personality will be commemorated, alternately a woman and a man. Among them there will be Gandhi, Bertha von Suttner, Charly Chaplin, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach and other people who - no matter what religious or philosophical direction they came from - have stood up for people "interreligiously" and "interphilosophically". People, who left an important mark on society in terms of togetherness, mindfulness, and peace.

The first evening was a complete success. Everyone present was enthusiastic about the ambience and the event itself. 

On this LINK you can watch a short video with photos of the first event dedicated to Edith Stein.

Events at cemeteries in Rennes

Eastern Cemetery (Rennes, France)
From October 28 to November 1, 2022, the 6th edition of the "Toussaints Musicales Rennaises" took place at the cemeteries in Rennes, France.
A rich and varied program highlighted the beauty of cemeteries in Rennes with:
  • tours in horse-drawn carriages at the Eastern Cemetery (every day from October 28 to  November 1),
  • Jazz concert with the "Singing in the Rennes" trio at the Eastern Cemetery (on Sunday, October 30, 2022, and Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at 3 p.m.),
  • Baroque Music Concert with the quartet "La Pie qui Joue" will perform "Le Souffle et l'Oiseau" at the Northern Cemetery (on Tuesday November 1, 2022, at 3.30 p.m.)
The original flyers (in French) for these events are accessible HERE.

A dramatized visit of the Ballena Cemetery

Municipal Cemetery of Castro-Urdiales
On October 29 and 30, 2022, a guided dramatized visit will take place at the Municipal Cemetery of Castro-Urdiales in Spain.

As a member of ASCE, the Municipal Cemetery of Castro-Urdiales (the Ballena Cemetery) continues to promote the dissemination of its historical importance and heritage value.

Thus, the Department of Tourism and Heritage has scheduled for October 29 and 30, 2022, at 17.30, a dramatized visit of the cemetery to discover not only the funerary and architectural richness of the place, but also to bring to life the stories of the illustrious characters who rest there and who will be the protagonists of this visit.

The theatrical visit will be carried out by the theatre group "A Trote", where the Castreño actor Julen Guerrero will be the host who will introduce the prominent characters while guiding the spectators through the cemetery.

The tour will be limited to 25 visitors, so advance reservations are required.

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The Ballena Cemetery awarded in the national contest

Ballena Cemetery (Castro-Urdiales, Spain)
The Municipal Cemetery of Castro-Urdiales (the Ballena Cemetery) has been awarded at a national level for best public activities carried out in the cemetery.

The Municipal Cemetery of Castro-Urdiales in Spain (the Ballena Cemetery) has been awarded at a national level in the VII. Historic Cemeteries contest, organized by the magazine Adiós Cultural, in the category for best public activities carried out in the cemetery.

Among the numerous cultural performances at the cemetery (guided visits, dramatized visits, children's cultural notebook, music, and poetry recitals, etc.) the accessible audio-visual guides as well as guides in the sign language that have been designed to visit the Ballena Cemetery stand out. The latter were prepared within the Universal Accessible Tourism project that is being carried out by the Department of Tourism and Heritage. 

Through all these activities and with help of new technologies the Ballena Cemetery managed to spread its architectural and artistic qualities among all visitors and eliminate the communication barriers that a few years ago were more difficult to overcome.

You can read more about the award in the original newspaper article (in Spanish) accessible HERE.

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Live-stream experts meeting "Mirogoj: challenges of heritage preservation"

Experts meeting Mirogoj: challenges of heritage preservation
On Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 9.00, you can watch a free live-stream of the experts meeting about the Monumental Cemetery Mirogoj in Zagreb, Croatia.

The 7 Most Endangered program

After the damage caused by the devastating earthquakes that hit central Croatia in 2020 and as a result of the nomination of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, the whole of the historical Mirogoj cemetery was included in the list of the seven most endangered heritage sites in 2021, as part of the 7 Most Endangered program, which is implemented by Europa Nostra with the support of the European Investment Bank Institute.

The Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia assembled a project team consisting of representatives of the academic community whose scientific focus is the evaluation of the entire Mirogoj cemetery in the context of Croatian and European history and the history of art and architecture, as well as representatives of institutions whose competence is the practical implementation of measures to preserve the entire Mirogoj cemetery.

Live-strem experts meeting

The expert meeting "Mirogoj: challenges of heritage preservation" takes place as one of the project activities within the framework of the long-term efforts of the gathered collaborators in finding solutions for the challenges of the daily functioning of the cemetery, the upcoming reconstruction after the earthquake and in relation to the potential of Mirogoj as a tourist-heritage destination.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 9.00, on Youtube. On the same YouTube channel, the recording will remain available for subsequent review.

You can watch the live meeting for free at this link:

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Virtual attendance at farewell ceremonies

Terrassa cemetery in Spain
Funerária de Terrassa launches the streaming service at Terrassa cemetery that will allow people to attend the farewell ceremonies virtually.

About the streaming service

Funerária de Terrassa makes a streaming service available to families. The incorporation of this new proposal aims to bring the farewell of deceased loved ones closer to people who cannot attend the ceremonies in person.

The project has provided for the installation of a camera in the Multiconfessional Temple and a technological system that allows it the recording and sharing over the Internet of the captured signal.

People who want to choose this option will have a link through which they can do the virtual monitoring of the ceremony through their electronic devices with an Internet connection, and which they can share. During these last months of the year, the service will be offered free of charge and will become optional in early 2023.

Improvement of care and service

Funerária de Terrassa, as a public company, ratifies with this action its commitment to the continuous improvement of care and service, incorporating technological advances and adapting established protocols to make them evolve. 

In this case, the fact of facilitating virtual assistance is particularly interesting in personal situations or geographical locations that make it difficult to attend in person.

Related information at

AGM and Conference 2022 overview

AGM 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia
The unexpected, joyful, unravelling, friendly and above all multicultural days in Belgrade seeded new seeds into ASCE.

Steering committee of ASCE met on Wednesday to discuss the current state and activities. Looking into various options on how to continue far beyond 2022. Why, where and how do members want to continue working on our mission.

Online and offline, discussion was fruitful and rewarding, opening new frontiers.

Many new and old ASCE AGM participants saluted each other at the welcome drink. Warmly engaging into the discussions about the past. Noting the first colours of the future.

The usual rush of the morning AGM registrations was quickly disappearing in the relaxed atmosphere of our hosting city.

AGM schedule was loose enough to allow proper presentation of the important topics while leaving enough time for debates.

After the lunch conference presentations delved participants into the Cemeteries for Everybody theme through various presentations.

Evening walk through the New cemetery of Belgrade served us in many ways. From immense space to the multicultural diversity, our hosting city main cemetery finely contributed to the conference theme and even more to the discussions on the future.

An amazing day ended with a unique gala dinner in the most bohemian restaurant “Tri šešira” of the bohemian quartier Skadarlija.

Singing and even dancing through the poems and songs for everybody concluded a splendid first official day of our annual meetings.

Day two continued on the conference theme, bringing together even those who could not be with us in person.

Thoughtful presentations engaged several comments and discussions that went out through the day until the evening farewell drink.

Unfortunately due to the weather we just missed the visit to the Zemun cemetery.

Above all however the AGM in Belgrade seeded new seeds as expected.

Steering committee and participants agreed that our network must grow and build even stronger relationships in the future. Taking our beautiful history and turning it into a valuable resource for the future.

You can find the official AGM report HERE.

Best practices award 2022

Best practice award 2022
European Cemeteries Route received the Cultural Routes Best Practices Award by the Secretariat of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA).

About the Cultural Routes Best Practices Award

The call for the “Cultural Routes Best Practices Award” was launched in 2022 by the Secretariat of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) in order to give recognition to best practices implemented by the certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.

Award for Schools on cemeteries project

European Cemeteries Route received this exceptional award for the "Schools on cemeteries project", which has been implemented and developed for many years by European Cemetery Route members across Europe.

The ASCE president, Mrs Lidija Pliberšek, received the award certificate at the 11th Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum, that took place from 5th to 7th October 2022 in Chania, Greece.

The award is an important acknowledgement of the importance of the project. Thus, it will be further promoted and developed by the route management.

You can find more infromation about the project and the award itself HERE.

*On the photo from left to right: Mr. Stefano Dominioni (Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and Director of European Institute of Cultural Routes), Mrs. Lidija Pliberšek (ASCE president and director of Pogrebno podjetje Maribor) and Mr. Julien Vuilleumier (Chair, Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA)).

AGM 2022 report

AGM 2022, Belgrade
On September 15th 2022, the Annual General Meeting took place in the House of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade.

Over 60 participants from 16 countries signed up for another memorable meeting and conference. The event was a great success in terms of knowledge and ideas exchanged and was characterized by a relaxed atmosphere and the immense hospitality of our hosts.

AGM was preceeded by Mrs Lidija Pliberšek, president of ASCE and all steering committee members were present or gave proxy to other members. Members were present in the second call for assembly to be able to take decisions. During the AGM several things were outlined and discussed:

1. Introduction: Welcome speech and presentation by Mr Vladan Đukić (director of our host JKP "Pogrebne usluge") and Mrs Lidija Pliberšek (president of ASCE).

Mr Vladan Đukić, director of our host JKP "Pogrebne usluge"

2. 20 years of ASCE book:  A special edition printed book was published in 2022 that celebrated the 20th anniversary of ASCE in 2021. All members present at this year's AGM received their copy as a gift. Other members will receive the book by post.

20 years of ASCE book

3. Financial report: A review of the financial status and situation of ASCE was presented by Mrs Lidija Pliberšek.

4. Membership fee: Steering committee decided about the membership fees for the year 2023. Fees are available on the ASCE website here.

ASCE president, Mrs Lidija Pliberšek

5. New significant cemeteries procedure:  A new significant cemeteries recognition method was presented by Mr Ian Dungavell.

Scientific representative, Mr Ian Dungavell

6. New members: New members and significant cemeteries were presented by Mr Ian Dungavell and received the official membership certificat which was handed to them by ASCE president, Mrs Lidija Pliberšek. New ASCE members and significant cemeteries are:

Handing over the ASCE membership certificate

7. Projects and activities: Past, present and future projects were presented by Mr Dušan Vrban, including:

  • importance of ASCE cooporation projects (green torism trends)
  • WDEC 2022 and 2023
  • Cultural routes crossroads project in practice
  • European Cemeteries Route Tour 202x
  • Schools on cemeteries (good practice video)
ASCE Administrator and European Cemeteries route manager, Mr Dušan Vrban

8. European Cemeteries Route: Mr Dušan Vrban presented the European Cemeteries Route and its sucessfull reevaluation, while Mrs Andreea Pop reviewed the Cultural routes of Europe Training Academy and the importance of cooperation with other cultural routes.

Scientific representative, Mrs Andreea Pop

9. ASCE in Spain: Mr Miquel Trepat explained how activities and implementation of projects related to cemeteries look like in Spain. Above all, he highlighted the importance of cooperation with different active partners of the community and presented all the challenges and opportunities on concrete examples.

SC Member, Mr Miquel Trepat Celis

11. Sceintific representatives report: Mrs Andreea Pop and Mr Ian Dungavell reviewed the work of  ASCE Sceintific representatives in the past year.

Photos from AGM 2022

Photos from the AGM and conference 2022 are available in this album.

Terrassa Cemetery in the documentary "The children of the flood"

Terrassa cemetery (Terrassa, Spain)
The Terrassa Cemetery was one of the shooting locations for a documentary about Spain's worst flash flood that occurred in 1962.
Documentary poster

Terrassa Cemetery has been one of the sets of the shooting of the 2022 documentary film "Els nens de la riuada" (The Children of the Flood) that was broadcasted in the TV show "Sense ficció" (No Fiction).

The devastating flood took place on September 25, 1962. Hundreds of people died because of it, and it’s considered to be the worst flash flood that has occurred in Spain. The documentary follows the research of the researcher Esther Lázaro about the open questions following the floods, the missing children and the anguish of the families who are still looking for them.

The production company in charge of the project has also recorded in other locations in Terrassa, such as the rivers of Arenes and Palau, the National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (MNACTEC), the Historical Archive of Terrassa, Sant Roc Street or Vallparadís. Park. 

Saint George`s Cemetery (Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo, Spain)

Saint George`s Cemetery (Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo, Spain)
Within its walls, the Saint George`s Cemetery includes the French cemetery which has great historical significance and can explain in a very small space 170 years of history of Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo.

About the Saint George`s Cemetery

Pueblonuevo del Terrible (and then Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo) was an Andalusian mining town founded in the second half of the 19th century because of the discovery of coal and lead mines in the surrounding area. This led to the arrival of foreign companies for the exploitation and transformation of these resources, mostly French. In this underdeveloped and lost place in the south of Spain, an important cultural melting pot was created, made up of people of 7 nationalities: French, Swiss, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Algerian and Spanish. 

Cemetery map

Due to the significant population explosion in the town, the original cemetery, which in those days was on the outskirts, became too small and was overtaken by urban growth. This led the local authorities to propose the emptying and closing of the first one and the construction of a new, larger cemetery and further from the urban area. This is how the Saint George`s Cemetery was created in 1908.

The City Council reserved the noblest place in this cemetery for the burial of the foreign population residing in the city, highly qualified and with great purchasing power. The high bourgeoisie of the town, as well as the mayors of the municipality, not only imitated the habits and customs of the foreign technical staff of the company that managed the mines and industries but also chose this space for their burials. So, the French part of the cemetery can explain in a very small space 170 years of history of Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo.

About the French Cemetery

French Cemetery of the Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo

French cemetery of Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo is located on a hill, which confers privileged views of the entire Guadiato Valley, Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo and its old industries, considered a Site of Cultural Interest (National monument).

Most of the tombs and pantheons are made of grey and white marble, as well as sandstone. The carvings are made by local artists except for two of them, whose highly realistic ornamental sets have been carved by important industrial sculptors such as Obdulio Blancas.

From an architectural point of view, French cemetery stands out for its constructive simplicity, presenting floor tombs on both sides of the separating wall in the Central European style and some neo-Gothic pantheons made with black bricks, an abundant material in the area made with coal residue and lime.

Important personalities at the cemetery

Among the most interesting historical figures in the cemetery, we find Baroness Constanza Bich Perrod, first wife of Mario Bich, father of the famous and universal BIC brand pens inventor, Marcel BICH. Marcel lived a large part of his childhood in Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo (from 1915 to 1923), where he contracted malaria, a disease that caused important consequences throughout his life.

Remains of many engineers from the French multinational Societé Minietre et Mètallurgique du Penarroya (SMMP) rest in the cemetery too, as well as relatives of company directors. Camile Desportes, chief electrical engineer of the Pueblonuevo del Terrible thermal power plant and Mariano Galvache, lawyer who reached the highest rank in its company (deputy management), are some examples.

Grave of the Baroness Constanza Bich Perrod In the military field there are two engineers of the SMMP heroes of the First World War - Louis Henri Eugene and Victor Menielle Cafiaux.

Other important graves and monuments at the cemetery include:

  • Mr. Rodríguez Aparicio´s pantheon (mayor of Pueblo Nuevo del Terrible)
  • Grave of Mario Bich (father of Marcel Bich, famous BIC ball pen inventor)
  • Monolith dedicated to defenders of Democracy during Spanish Civil War (built in 1983)
  • Mass graves of Spanish reprisals of Francoism (two mass graves where the remains of 97 people executed by the Franco regime rest)
  • Non-Catholic Cemetery (built in 1908 for burial of people who committed suicide, people not married under the Catholic rite and citizens of non-Catholic religions)

Historic significance of the cemetery

Saint George`s Cemetery

Saint George´s Cemetery is considered a place of democratic memory in Andalusia due to the mass grave of reprisals from the Franco regime.

The French Cemetery it´s the only French cemetery in southern Spain and the second in Spain, after Mieres one (Asturias). At perimeter walls of the French cemetery, peñarribilian citizens, labour leaders and republican soldiers were shot by the Francoist troops after the fall of Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo during the Spanish Civil War. The common grave, pending opening, is located next to the French cemetery. Furthermore, the French Cemetery offers the opportunity to learn about Spanish history of the 19th and 20th century and about the important colonial footprint left by European industry in the South of Spain. 

Rehabilitation of the cemetery

The French Cemetery is an element of local pride. After decades of abandonment, an important rehabilitation project, that has ranked first in the province in all citizen participation initiatives, has started in 2022. French cemetery is promoting citizen participation in the conservation of its funerary heritage. Rehabilitation initiative is being supported by anonymous citizens and companies too and is helping to unite the population.

You can read more about the project HERE.

Rehabilitaion of the French Cemetery Rehabilitaion of the French Cemetery Rehabilitaion of the French Cemetery


Saint George`s Cemetery
Cemetery road,
14200 Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo (Córdoba)


Rubén Cañamaque López
Phone: +34637544156


Basic data

Managing organization: La Maquinilla Association
Year of first burial: 1908
Size: 0,5ha
Number of graves: approximately 60
Number of burials: approximately 120