The Monumental cemetery in Turin "LOVING READING"


On the occasion of the Turin International Book Fair, SALONE INTERNAZIONALE DEL LIBRO TORINO

the Monumental Cemetery of Turin was the site of some book presentations, walks with authors and authors.

The cemetery has networked with the Book Fair indicating in which stands the publishing houses of the books presented and on two occasions the Municipal Library, 

which is located near the cemetery, was also involved to bring more people closer.

Making NETWORK is always a good choice! 

This is it

For more details read the calendar of events on the web portal of the company that manages the cemeteries of Turin: AFC Torino SpA

WDEC in Žale cemetery, Ljubljana

Žale cemetery Ljubljana
A free guided tour around the cemetery.
During the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries (WDEC), which takes place within the framework of the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE), this year we will organise free guided tours around the Žale cemetery

 Guided tours of the cultural heritage of the Žale cemetery will be held twice a day from 30 May 2022 to 5 June 2022.

The guide will be waiting for you in front of the administrative building at Plečnikovih Žalah (Plečnik's propile) at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.. 

During the guided tour you will visit the famous Plečnik's Žale, the graves of well-known Slovenians, the works of famous architects and sculptors, and other important parts of the Žale cemetery, which is actually an outdoor museum

Cemeteries as a cultural heritage are an important part of our history and art, and therefore are the tourist attractions of cities where one can feel the history and culture of the local population. 

One such is also the Žale cemetery. Due to its high cultural, historical and artistic value, it is one of the most beautiful European cemeteries. Many giants of our history are buried at the Žale cemetery: poets, writers, sculptors, painters, composers, architects, actors, engineers, politicians, athletes, etc. 

There are also many cemeteries from the I. and II. World War II in the cemetery and other memorials. 

The cemetery is also important as the second largest city (Ljubljana) park and is interesting in all seasons of the year.

Steering Committee meeting 2022

Schools on Cemeteries
On 4th and 5th May 2022 the second part of the first ASCE Steering Committee meeting of the year took place in Neimënster, Luxembourg.

Meeting agenda and main outcomes

  • Financial situation: Steering Committee took note and confirmed the balance sheet for the year 2021.
  • Membership work: The Presidency presented the new reports system that shows the current status of the membership and will become a valuable tool for the future management of membership
  • New members:Steering Committee confirmed new members to the association:
    • La Maquinilla Association - French cemetery, Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo (Córdoba), Spain
    • Alma Finalis APS, Finale Emilia - Italy
    • Diplomatic Governing Board of the Feriköy Protestant Cemetery of Istanbul, Istanbul - Turkey
  • AGM 2022 and 2023: The Steering Committee checked and discussed the AGM 2022 program and conference theme. A call for AGM 2023 will be released in May 2022.
  • European Cemeteries Route reevaluation: A very good assessment report of the European Cemeteries Route was presented to the SC members. Report was created by the Institute of the cultural routes as part of a regular 3-years reevaluation.
  • Cultural routes cooperation and Training Academy: The 9th Training Academy for Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe will be held from 31st May to 3rd June 2022 in Fontainebleau (France). The SC board decided that 2 ASCE representatives will join the academy: Andreea Pop and Ioanna Paraskevopoulou.


Altogether, the meeting was successful and very productive. In addition to addressing the above points, the SC members set clear plans for the work of the association in the future. Details of the individual topics discussed at the meeting will follow in future communications.

WDEC 2022: Schools on Cemeteries

Schools on Cemeteries
We strongly believe that schools on cemeteries are one of the best ways to preserve and promote cultural heritage so this is the theme of this year's WDEC.

Importance of youth involvement

Schools require various programs to help children learn about society and culture, and cemeteries can offer an unexpected yet powerful experience. Since the future of cemeteries depends on the attitude that these children will develop, experiencing cemeteries as cultural heritage of their city may change their perspective so that they will be keener to support the preservation of cemeteries and other relevant projects.

For this reason, the main theme of this year's Week of Discovering European Cemeteries is “Schools on Cemeteries”.

Week of Discovering European Cemeteries 2022

This year's WDEC will take place from May 30th to June 5th with the central theme being "Schools on Cemeteries". The goal is to highlight the historical, artistic, architectural, and educational richness that these spaces have.

Instead of traditional classes in school, students can have cemeteries as their classrooms, and enjoy a cultural week of activities which involves listening, learning, and interacting with history in a different and interesting way. The experience of walking through a cemetery and discovering the diversity of stories and meanings behind the graves and tombstones, is a stimulating, creative, challenging, and intriguing activity that can take students to another level of critical thinking and reflection on cultural heritage and their lives.

Schools on Cemeteries project

Schools on cemeteries is not a new idea. European cemeteries Route (CEMR), which was created under the auspices of ASCE, started this project years ago and many European cemeteries have already started to implement such projects in collaboration with local schools. You can read more about it HERE. Furthermore, you can see some best practices of European Cemeteries Route working with schools in the video below.

Since we strongly believe that schools on cemeteries are one of the best ways to preserve and promote cultural heritage, this will be an area of focus which will be intensively developed during the year and beyond.

Event “Spring in the cemeteries”

Laeken Cemetery (Brussels, Belgium)
The City of Brussels is taking part in the event “Spring in the cemeteries” and for this first edition it will take place at Laeken Cemetery, on 21 and 22 May 2022.

About the Laeken Cemetery

The Laeken Cemetery counts a large number of important personalities from the 19th century and early 20th. Many of them have erected impressive monuments designed and built by the most prominent architects and craftsmen. In order to meet the large number of burial requests and to maximize the burial space, underground galleries were built. These were the first to be built in Belgium, and will later be extended on several occasions.

“Spring in the cemeteries” event

“Spring in the cemeteries” event

Throughout the weekend of 21 and 22 May 2022, from 10 am to 4 pm, several activities are proposed:

  • Guided tours of the galleries with Epitaaf (in French and Dutch).
  • Visit of the cemetery punctuated by artistic stops (singing and poetry) with Laeken Découverte in partnership with the Cours Florent located in Laeken.
  • Visit for the deaf people, hearing impaired people and hearing people with the theatre company "Sur le bout des doigts".
  • With the help of a map given a t the entrance, the public explores the cemetery in order to find the places where artistic breaks are offered in several languages (only on Sunday afternoon).
  • The pianist Marie Pleyel is buried in the Laeken cemetery. On Sunday, Oxalys will pay a tribute to her in the choir of the old church. The programme of this classical music concert will include a selection of music composed by people who knew and admired her (Ignace Pleyel, Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin and Hector Berlioz).
  • Next to the cemetery, from 10 am to 5 pm, multilingual guides from Epitaaf will welcome you in the old Salu workshops. A family that for three generations has built numerous funeral monuments.

The activities are free of charge.

Registration is compulsory by sending an e-mail specifying the activity desired and the number of participants to

You can donload the original event program HERE.

Visit the cemetery at any time

If you are not in Brussels on the weekend of 21 and 22 May and would like to visit the cemetery, it is open every day from 8.30 am to 4 pm. 

Brochures and audio guides in French and Dutch are available at the reception desk. In preparation for your visit, you can also download the children's educational tour in French, Dutch and English (

Guided tour at Piratello Cemetery

Piratello Cemetery (Imola, Italy)
Join us on a journey through the botanical revelations of the Piratello Cemetery (Imola, Italy) on May 14, 2022.

Encounters in the green

The Piratello Cemetery (Imola, Italy)

On Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 10am, a guided tour will take place at the Piratello Cemetery (40026 IMOLA via Emilia Ponente 24/a) on the topic “Encounters in the green”.

In the company of Daniela Martelli and Marco Pelliconi we will take a journey through the major and historical botanical relevance in the cemetery, supplemented by biographies of well-known personalities who are buried there.

Reservations required

The tour can be attended by a maximum of 25 people. Reservations are required via ioPrenoto app or

Guided tour at Piratello Cemetery Guided tour at Piratello Cemetery Guided tour at Piratello Cemetery

ASCE Conference 2022: Call for papers

The new cemetery in Belgrade
This year's theme of the ASCE Conference is "Cemeteries for everybody".

The LIVE Conference 2022

After the online conference last year, this year the ASCE conference returns live, as part of the AGM 2022. Speakers will be able to hear both the applause or booings, and see the smiles and grimaces of the audience. Don't miss the chance of face to face talks during real coffee breaks and all other surprises prepared by our host.

The Conference will take place on 15 and 16 September 2022 in the Belgrade City Assembly – Old Court Palace, hosted by the Public Utility Company “Funeral Services” - Belgrade, the New Cemetery in Belgrade.

Cemeteries for everybody

Cemeteries for everybody. This is the theme of this year's ASCE Conference.

Who is everybody? 
  • May be the different groups of visitors (children or elders, civilians or militaries, people of any religion or none).
  • May be clients, customers or different business partners.
  • May be educators (scientists, academics, curators, conservationists, teachers and organizations).
  • May be friends or opponents of cemeteries.

What are we interested in? We would like you to share with us your approaches with all the "everybody" from above:
  • the programs you developed with or for them;
  • the activities you prepared for them;
  • the problems you faced;
  • the important results from this interaction for your cemetery or for the community;
  • the "know-how" you gained from different experiences;
  • the significance that "everybody" brought into your cemetery;
  • the manner in which the specific national identities within the traditional and contemporary European funerary art are manifested at the cemeteries;
  • anything else you may consider important to share with us and we didn't talk about it yet. 

Conference papers

Papers should last no longer than 20 minutes, excluding questions. The conference language is English


Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words summarizing your intended paper no later than Monday 6 June 2022 via the form below.

Successful contributors will be notified by 20 June 2022.

Editorial board

  • Ian Dungavell
  • John Moffatt
  • Ioanna Paraskevopoulou 
  • Andreea Pop
  • Violeta Obrenović
  • Marina Račić

Further information

For any questions, please contact or

Guided tours at Cemetery of San Miniato al Monte

Cemetery of San Miniato al Monte
Don’t miss the chance to discover this monumental cemetery in Florence, Italy. Guided tours will take place every Saturday, starting on May 7, 2022.

Guided tours every Saturday

The Cemetery of San Miniato al Monte in Florence (Italy), also known as the "Cemetery of Porte Sante", organizes guided tours that will take place every Saturday morning and afternoon, starting on May 7, 2022.

The complete itinerary lasts about 45 minutes

Morning tours:

  • First visit: 9.00 - 9.45
  • Second visit: 10.00 - 10.45
  • Third visit: 11.00 - 11.45
  • Fourth visit: 12.00 -12.45
Afternoon tours:

  • First visit: 14.00 - 14.45
  • Second visit: 15.00 - 15.45

You can find the original invitation (in Italian) HERE.

Reservations recommended

The maximum number of participants for each visit is for 15 people so reservations are recommended.

You can make your reservation via email or by phone 055 2342422. Please, leave a contact number when making the reservation (preferably cell phone) and indicate the number of participants, and the desired day and time of the visit. It is also possible to request a visit in English when making the reservation.

AGM 2022: program

Belgrade City Assembly – Old Court Palace
Program of the Annual General Meeting 2022, taking place in Belgrade, Serbia, from 15 to 17 September 2022.

AGM location and sign up

Belgrade City Assembly – Old Court Palace

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. 

AGM program

Program presented is a draft version.

You can click on this link (iCal) to add the program to your personal calendar.

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    AGM 2022: Save the date

    The New Cemetery of Belgrade
    This year's AGM and Conference will take place from 15 to 17 September 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.
    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 cemetery's management. This being said, we are glad to announce that the Steering Committee of ASCE decided on the date and location of the Annual General Meeting and Conference 2022.

    This year's AGM and Conference will take place from 15 to 17 September 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.

    A call for papers, as well as all the details about the event program, accommodation, and other logistics, will be released in the following weeks.

    We look forward to seeing you in September, at the AGM 2022.

    ASCE presidency

    Planning the AGM 2022

    Lidija Pliberšek, Zoran Radojičić and Vladan Đukić
    After the splendidly executed AGM 2021, that took place in Budapest (Hungary), we are now planning the AGM 2022.

    In the beginning of March 2022, ASCE president Lidija Pliberšek went to Belgrade (Serbia) and attended a meeting with the director of the local funeral company "JKP Pogrebne usluge" Vladan Đukić, and the mayor of the city of Belgrade Zoran Radojičić, to discuss the possibility of Belgrade being the host of this year's AGM. As part of the meeting, they visited the New Cemetery of Belgrade and the venue where the conference could be held. Furthermore, they debated the possible dates and other logistics that would ensure the organization of another memorable and successful event.

    Final details and all the additional information will be published shortly. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our e-news so you won´t miss any updates about the AGM 2022.

    The New Cemetery of Belgrade, Serbia The New Cemetery of Belgrade, Serbia Lidija Pliberšek and Vladan Đukić Lidija Pliberšek and Vladan Đukić Lidija Pliberšek and Zoran Radojičić

    Achievements of ASCE in the last 20 years

    20 years of ASCE through the eyes of the former president of the association Maria Luisa Yzaguirre.

    The significance of cemeteries

    Years ago, when we tried to transform cemeteries into cultural venues that deserve to be preserved, respected, and visited, we claimed that:

    • Cemeteries are history: We will find our past reflected there.
    • Cemeteries are art: In the time of splendor of these places, the main artists of the time left a sample of their art there.
    • Cemeteries are memory: It is there where we can find many of our references.

    And we can add that Cemeteries are respect, silence, reflection, peace, poetry, nature, and much more.

    Achievements of ASCE

    Together and thanks to everyone's work during these 20 years we have achieved the objective for which our association was founded - European Cemeteries are visited and their heritage recognized, while remaining places of remembrance and respect for the people who rest there.

    Today, our funerary precincts are included in the cultural tours of many cities. I would dare to say that they are recognized as open-air museums, and they have lost their classification as only funerary places where we experience sadness.

    We can say with great satisfaction that we have managed to get European citizens to visit their cemeteries, discover the beauty of these places, and walk around them enjoying the innumerable stories that they reveal to us.

    This rapprochement between the city and the Cemetery has helped on many occasions in the restoration and conservation of cemeteries, as well as in enhancing the value of the works it contains.

    ASCE 20th anniversary

    On ASCE turning 20 years old, I want to congratulate all the members of our Association - those who form it now and all those who have been in it in the past and who contributed to enlarging and consolidating it.

    I can't close this writing without thanking ASCE for the opportunities it gave me, to meet great people, travel to new cities, develop projects, in which I still believe, that served to unite us and helped to put our Cemeteries in their rightful place.

    Congratulations to all!

    Maria Luisa Yzaguirre

    Celebrating the Golden Ring

    English Cemetery
    On Monday, 4 April 2022, the English Cemetery and the House of Guidi will celebrate the Golden Ring that Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry created between Italy and England with a special event.

    Event Program

    1. The English Cemetery (located at the Piazzale Donatello) will be open in the morning from 9:00 to 12:00. 
    2. The House of Guidi (located at Piazza San Felice, 8) will be open in the afternoon from 15:00 to 18:00.
    3. In the evening at 20:00, at the English Cemetery, the film "A Tea with Mussolini" by Franco Zeffirelli will be screened (in case of rain the evening event will not take place).
    You can find the original invitation HERE.
    For all questions and additional information please contact the event organizer.

    20 years of heritage, culture, knowledge and enthusiasm

    Concert at Barcelona cemetery
    An interesting article about the work of ASCE and its impact on cemeteries in Barcelona.

    Establishment of ASCE

    In 2001, it became clear that there was a need to highlight the rich heritage of European cemeteries. Thanks to Mauro Felicori and his team, which at that time was represented by the heads of 9 European cemeteries, including Barcelona, the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE) was set up with the basic aim of promoting the recognition of European cemeteries as cultural assets of exceptional importance and fostering awareness of them among citizens and the main national and European institutions.

    The growing interest on the part of different cemetery managers has consolidated the project, with a total of 23 countries and 124 cities that have joined, and which today make ASCE a European association of reference. Barcelona has always been a very active member from its position in the Steering Committee and for some years holding the presidency.

    The impact of ASCE on cemeteries in Barcelona

    The evolution of cultural activities in these 20 years has been astonishing and exponential. The streets and squares of the different cemeteries in Barcelona have witnessed and been the setting for routes, concerts, open days, conferences, plays, musicals and, last but not least, spaces in which to show new generations the wealth that cemeteries contain.

    It should be noted that the cultural change in our society has been an important factor in the opening of the cemeteries to the city as cultural spaces. Guided tours of the cemeteries are another of the city's attractions, and many people have chosen to take them and learn about the history of Barcelona from the people buried in the cemeteries or the sculptors and architects who left their works there. We would like to make special mention of the different spaces that house cemeteries, in general, considering them to be the depositories of a large part of the tangible and intangible heritage that we are obliged to preserve and pass on to future generations.

    On the other hand, the possibility of establishing collaborations with different entities such as the University of Barcelona, the Miró Foundation, the Olympic Museum, among others, offers us the opportunity to carry out interesting projects together, which have subsequently served for students and scholars from different disciplines.

    Our 'obsession' over the last ten years has been to open 'our open-air museums' to children, offering schools different educational activities to bring the cemeteries closer to the children so that they understand that cemeteries are spaces full of history and stories and that they should not always be perceived in a sad or negative way.

    Barcelona has always wanted to be actively involved in the Association and to collaborate in the projects that have arisen, to offer the public the opportunity to get to know both Barcelona's and Europe's cemeteries more closely. Thus, in the year 2012 it was possible to collaborate in the Eucemet project by organising a photo exhibition in the Funeral Carriage Collection in the Montjuïc Cemetery. In this sense, and always pursuing the same objective of promoting the value of cemeteries and making them known to society, we believe that the ASCE's promotion of the Week of Discovering European Cemeteries (WDEC) is fundamental.

    The uniqueness of European Cemeteries Route

    We would also like to make special mention of the European Cemeteries Route, a project developed by the Association, which is conceived as a network of cemeteries which, by opening their precincts through cultural routes, makes this important funerary heritage in Europe known in a joint way.

    The itinerary generates an image with the capacity to attract tourists who are looking for alternatives to the existing offer.

    We must highlight the uniqueness of this itinerary with respect to other existing ones:

    • It is an itinerary aimed at all segments of the public: citizens of the city itself, tourists, schools, groups, etc.
    • The itinerary combines culture and nature (most of the cemeteries can be considered as parks).
    • The itinerary completes the existing cultural offer in the cities and in Europe.

    For them, communication tools common to all the cemeteries that take part of the route were established, as well as communication actions aimed at raising awareness of the route.

    The importance of ASCE scientific committee

    We do not want to end our article without making special mention of the ASCE scientific committee created expressly to supervise the Association's work plan. Members contribute their experience from different fields of work, which help to have a broader vision when proposing new projects and new cemetery inclusions.

    For 20 more years of heritage, culture, knowledge, and new experiences.

    Miquel Trepat Celis
    General Director of Cementiris de Barcelona
    Cemetery Services Management
    Cemeteries of Barcelona

    You can access the original article HERE.

    Rediscovering the cultural importance of Greek Cemeteries

    Cemetery of Skiathos (Skiathos island, Greece)
    An insight into how membership in ASCE has contributed to the development and preservation of Greek cemeteries.
    For the past two decades, the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe has gone to inspiring lengths to promote and highlight the importance of cemeteries all over Europe as part of our tangible and intangible common cultural heritage.

    Skiathos, the second Municipality in Greece to become a member of the ASCE, albeit a tiny island, is home to a cemetery of great historical and artistic value. Through the inspiring leadership of the President Lidija Pliberšek, and the collaboration with the Board of ASCE, we managed to lead the way for more and more Municipalities of Greece to join or be in process of joining ASCE in the context of the European Cemeteries Route as well as to mobilise the Ministry of Culture and set a lot of different actions in motion through synergies with various bodies throughout Europe.

    Skiathos’ Cemetery became a historic site, an exceptional landmark not to be missed by anyone visiting the island, even making it on the list of the “10 must-see” spots of Skiathos, according to TripAdvisor. Moreover, the local society of the island had the chance to rediscover the cultural importance of the Cemetery and its ties to not only the island’s past but the future, by strengthening the community’s bonds with the identity of Skiathos. Furthermore, promoting the significant European Cemeteries through the ASCE channels, simultaneously promotes tourism development.

    Understanding the significance of European cemeteries is inextricably interwoven with understanding European culture. ASCE, a vehicle to preserve collective historical memory through protecting cemeteries, turned 20 and I personally cannot wait to see what the future hold.

    Thodoris Tzoumas
    Mayor of Skiathos, Greece
    ASCE’s Steering Committee Member
    ASCE’s Representative in Greece

    You can access the original article HERE.

    200th Anniversary of the Piratello Cemetery

    Piratello Cemetery
    Imola's monumental cemetery is organizing special guided tours in honor of its 200th anniversary.

    Inauguration of the commemorative plaque

    On Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 15.45, you are invited to the inauguration of the restored commemorative plaque which marks 200 years from the blessing of the first cloister at the Piratello Cemetery. The inauguration will start at the old part of the cemetery and will then continue in the sanctuary of Piratello.

    You can find the official invitation in Italian HERE.

    Guided tours at the Piratello Cemetery

    Also in honor of the 200th anniversary of the cemetery, ANPI and CIDRA is organizing guided tours on the memorial site where are cherished testimonies from prominent citizens relevant to the local and italian history. The guided tours will take place:
    • on Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 14.00
    • on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 11.00
    You can find the official invitation in Italian HERE.

    Attendance to the inauguration and to the guided tours is free prior reservation. You can make the reservation at the email

    AGM 2021 report

    AGM 2021, Budapest
    On September 17th, the Annual General Meeting took place at the Military History Institute and Museum in Budapest.
    36 participants from 14 countries signed up for a splendidly organised meeting. Thoughtful planning of the event enabled us to overview our work and future plans at the 20th anniversary of ASCE.

    AGM was preceeded by Mrs Lidija Pliberšek, president of ASCE and all steering committee members were present or gave proxy to other members. During the AGM several things were outlined and discussed:

    1. Welcome speech and presentation by our host, National Heritage Institute of Hungary, focused on the new digital solutions that enable systematic updating and analysis of the heritage areas and items.

      2. Overview of the 20 years of ASCE activities and work was presented by Mrs Lidija Pliberšek. Present members received a small memorial gift.

      3. 20th anniversary activities and European Cemeteries Route activities were presented by Mr Dušan Vrban.

      4. ASCE projects and activities were presented by Mrs Renate Niklas.

      5. ASCE new members were presented by Mrs Metka Debevc.

      6. ASCE and European Cemeteries Route communications activities and materials were presented by Mr Dušan Vrban.

      7. AGM 2022 and AGM 2023 plans were presented by Mr Martin Ernerth.

      8. Sceintific representatives report was presented by Mrs Andreea Pop.

      9. AGM concluded with a debate on financial report and situation of ASCE.

      Photos from AGM 2021

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

      AGM in Budapest video

      20 years of ASCE video

      ASCE Conference 2021: Program

      ASCE Conference 2021
      Find out who are the experts that will be lecturing at the ASCE conference 2021 and what are they going to talk about.

      About the ASCE Conference 2021

      The ASCE Conference 2021 is being organized by the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust for the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe, and will take place in an online form via ZOOM on 11 and 12 November 2021. The main theme is "Cemetourism: Cemeteries with Stories to Tell".

      Furthermore, this year's Conference will be an extension of the AGM 2021, and will therefore address the basic definition of significant cemeteries as well as the possible methods of categorizing cemeteries as significant. 

      Conference speakers

      Conference speakers will include many acknowledged experts from all over Europe who will speak on the topic of Cemetourism. Some of them are:

      ➤ Professor Tijana Borić (University of Niš, Serbia)
      "Old Cemetery in Rajacke Pimnice – A Highlight of a Unique Travel Destination"

      ➤ Domenico Bruno (Arciconfrternita S. Maria del Popolo agli Incurabili, Italy)
      "Development of the cemetery tourism and history of the 366 graves cemetery in Naples"

      ➤ Malcolm Crampton (Jigsaw Design & Publishing, UK)
      "Every visitor needs a good guidebook"

      ➤ Tamara Ingels (Independent consultant, Belgium)
      "The dynamics between the primary, secondary and tertiary functions of cemeteries"

      ➤ Dr Barbara Leisner (Ohlsdorf Cemetery, Hamburg, Germany)
      "Museums on Ohlsdorf Cemetery in Hamburg"

      ➤ Renate Niklas (General Manager Friedhöfe Wien GmbH, Austria)
      "Cemeteries are full of Vienna"

      ➤ Mahmut Okcesiz (Ottoman Gravestones Expert, Turkey)
      "Understanding and Promoting Adalizade Historic Cemetery"

      ➤ Dr Mari Plikuhn (University of Evansville, United States)
      "Memento Mori: The Importance of Historic Cemeteries in Death (and) Education"

      ➤ Dr Julie Rugg (University of York, UK)
      "Cemetery tourism vs funerary heritage tourism? Achieving a balance"

      ➤ Aude Thevenon (Patrimoine Aurhalpin, France)
      "The "Printemps des cimetières", a national event dedicated to the promotion of funerary heritage."

      ➤ Dr Paul Tourle (Barker Langham, UK)
      "Possible Worlds: Brookwood Cemetery and the Interpretation of Memorial Landscapes"

      ➤ Miquel Trepat Celis (General Manager of Cementiris in Barcelona, Spain)
      "Reconciling tourism with burial activities?"

      and many more!

      Short summaries of the lectures will be published regularly on the ASCE Facebook page, so don't forget to follow us.

      Join us at the conference

      Given the extremely interesting lectures and excellent speakers, no one with an interest in historic cemeteries should miss this conference. 

      You can find the registration form HERE.

      The general admission for the two days Conference is 25,00 EUR.

      If you have any questions, please contact us at

      ASCE Conference 2021: What makes a cemetery significant?

      ASCE Conference 2021
      The latest proposals in this area, that were also discussed at the AGM 2021, will now be presented at this year's ASCE Conference.

      Extension of the AGM 2021

      The ASCE Conference 2021, which this year exceptionally takes place separately from the Annual General Meeting, is being organized by the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust for the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe, and will take place in an online form via ZOOM on 11 and 12 November 2021. Nevertheless, we wanted to maintain the connection between the two events. Therefore, this year's Conference will be an extension of the AGM, and will address many topics which were previously discussed at the meeting. The basic definition of significant cemeteries will be at the forefront. 

      What makes a cemetery significant?

      This is the question that has been rising over and over again since the very founding of ASCE. Over the past 20 years, we have been trying to find and improve an effective method of categorizing cemeteries into this important group. The latest proposals in this area, that were presented at this year's AGM, will now be presented also at the ASCE Conference.

      Mr. Ian Dungavell (delegated and scientific representative of ASCE and organizer of this year's ASCE Conference) will have an extremely interesting and instructive lecture in which he will answer the important questions about what makes a cemetery significant. Is this its size, history, artistic and architectural value, the important personalities buried there or something completely different? 

      Let's find out together. Join the discussion and tell us what your opinion is.

      How to register for the Conference?

      You can find the registration form HERE.

      The general admission for the two days Conference is 25,00 EUR.

      ASCE members will get a special promo code via email with all the information on how to use it to get a 10,00 EUR discount upon registration. If you are an ASCE member and did not receive the promotional email by Friday, October 8, 2021, please contact us at

      Certosa of Bologna designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the porticos of the city

      On July 28, 2021, the porticos of Bologna were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site

      The candidacy process began in 2006, when they became part of the Italian list of candidate sites. The property includes 12 groups of porticos and the surrounding built-up areas, located within the Municipality of Bologna.

      This architectural typology is undoubtedly the most representative of the city and extends for a total of 62 kilometers. It is, in fact, considered an element of urban identity - as the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage Dario Franceschini underlines, highlighting how its unique nature deserves to be promoted. 
      In the course of 2020 the candidacy dossier has been revised, enriched and strengthened by including other places in the fabric of the city of historical, architectural and artistic importance closely related to the porticos selected, such as the Palazzo della Mercanzia, the Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Baraccano, the system of Piazze (Maggiore, Re Enzo and Nettuno), the stretch of the plain of the portico of San Luca up to the Arco Bonaccorsi, the Pinacoteca Nazionale, the portico of Alemanni and part of the monumental area of the Certosa Cemetery

      With this recognition, the Certosa of Bologna Monumental Cemetery becomes a World Heritage Site
      The straight porticoed structure over seven hundred meters long that connects the cemetery to the portico of San Luca - the longest in the world - is a unique example of a modern sepulchral portico, built between 1811 and 1834 thanks to the generosity of its citizens. Ercole Gasparini's project was to physically connect the city of the dead with the city of the living, continuing the centuries-old local tradition of connecting places outside the city center to the city. 

      The Certosa Cemetery was founded in 1801 after the Napoleonic edict of Saint-Cloud, on the model of the ancient Roman sepulchral roads, converting the Carthusian convent built in 1334, of which today the church of San Girolamo remains. The monumental complex is the result of an articulated stratification of loggias, cloisters and buildings belonging to various chronological phases, whose fulcrum is represented by the Chiostro Terzo, which is influenced by the local neoclassical culture. Inside, there is a noteworthy repertoire of paintings and sculptures made by the most virtuous Bolognese artists active in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

      In the cemetery are housed some important local and national figures: among them the statesman Marco Minghetti; the painters Giorgio Morandi and Bruno Saetti; the Nobel Prize for literature Giosue Carducci and the writer Riccardo Bacchelli; the opera singer Carlo Broschi, the composer Ottorino Respighi and the singer Lucio Dalla; the general Giuseppe Grabinski and the prime minister Taddeo Matuszevic; as well as the founders of the companies Maserati, Ducati and Weber and of the publishing house Zanichelli

      Throughout the nineteenth century, the Cemetery was a privileged destination for visitors to Bologna, whose most illustrious names include: Lord Byron, Jules Janin, Charles Dickens and Theodor Mommsen.
      It is, therefore, an exceptional place from the historical and cultural artistic point of view in the national and international panorama, worthy of the highest form of protection and promotion. The Portico of Certosa was designed by Ercole Gasparini between 1811 and 1834. In the original idea, the building was meant to be longer, but only the section from the Arco del Meloncello to the Reno Canal was built. In reality, there are traces of another segment, totally distorted and incorporated with the subsequent enlargements: it is a short corridor that runs along the west side of the courtyard of the Monumental Entrance and that preserves some nineteenth-century tombs. Gasparini's idea was that the portico should connect seamlessly with the Certosa, reaching its center, giving real form to an ideal union between the city of the living and the city of the dead. 

      The area selected as UNESCO heritage is the one that has more relevance both from an architectural and theoretical point of view with Gasperini's project. Some areas of the twentieth century are thus included because they were built respecting the urban form of the nineteenth-century cemetery (Chiostro VIII, Chiostro IX for example) or because they conclude an idea that was never realized. The Chiostro VI or of the Great War was completed almost a century after the Portico della Certosa, but it traces the area and the spirit of what should have been the 'Chiostro del Pantheon' which was only realized in the south side, then demolished and preserved only for the monuments that had been built in the meantime. It is not by chance that in this part of the VI Cloister there are some tombs dating back to the beginning of the nineteenth century, such as the one dedicated to the sculptor Alessandro Franceschi, whose presence would not be explained otherwise.