Suburban and Jewish Cemeteries of Reggio Emilia (Reggio Emilia, Italy)

Suburban and Jewish Cemeteries of Reggio Emilia (Italy)
Reggio Emilia, where the Italian flag was born, was amongst the first cities in Italy to adhere to the regulation of cemeteries as required by the Edict of Saint Cloud.

About the Suburban cemetery

The Suburban cemetery was designed by the municipal architect Domenico Marchelli in 1807, following the edict of Saint Cloud of June 1804 which prohibited burials in churches and within the city walls for hygienic reasons.

The cemetery was built starting from 1808 with the construction of the quadriportico with neoclassical arches and the church dedicated to Saints Grisante and Daria (patrons of the city) that has arrived to the present day in is original form, visible only from the inside of the cemetery. The monumental front, dating back to 1931, was designed by the architect Prospero Sorgato.

Inside the fields we can admire valuable sculptures and paintings that often rise above an uncritical artisan production and express the poetic tensions of individual artists (F. Camuncoli, P. Aleotti, C. Zironi, I. Bedotti, G. Fornaciari, G. Monteverde, R. Secchi, C. Manicardi, O. Galliani), showing the artistic language of over a century.

About the Jewish Cemetery

In 1808 the Jewish congregation chose a suitable place for the burial of their dead in an area near the Suburban cemetery. The current conformation is the result of an expansion in 1850 which divided the cemetery into two enclosures separated by a wall which was originally the eastern side of the ancient wall.

From the entrance a long path connects the two compartments leading, to the mortuary whose project is attributed to Pietro Marchelli, son of Domenico Marchelli.


Suburban and Jewish Cemeteries
Via Sergio Beretti, 24
035033 Reggio Emilia


Tel. +39522433960

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