Monumental cemetery of Iglesias

The Superintendence for Architectural, Landscape, Historical, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Heritage of Cagliari and Oristano, has highlighted that the Monumental Cemetery Iglesias is one of the most important in Sardinia.

The Monumental Cemetery Iglesias, inaugurated on August 20, 1835, was built near the Church of N.S. Valverde, outside the city walls.

The complex covers the area between Via Cappuccini and the area on Pardu, according to a scheme in which the avenues intersections delimit square. It consists of a central body rather broad, surrounded by towering walls, adorned with cypresses and Mediterranean plants. At the center of a staircase leading to the chapel on the main avenue. Very nice and attended assiduously by the population, linked to the memory of his loved ones, it constitutes one of the main monumental buildings of the city.

The Cemetery is famous, in particular, for the sculptures by Giuseppe Sartorio (1854-1922), a distinguished artist who owes his initial fame to the fact that he was instructed by the Piemontese leaders of the mines of Iglesias to erect the statue of the statesman Quintino Sella in the square homonym.

The ability of Sartorio and its splendid achievements contributed to immediately extend the buzz, turning it into one of the most well-known artists and appreciated in Sardinia, where he planted two laboratories, one in Cagliari and one in Sassari.

Iglesias in the cemetery are filed, a total of 130 tombs of Sartorio among which some are highlighted for some details which is assigned a Masonic significance, such as the omission of the date of death, some typo Stonemason, etc. or because it is characterized by the symbol of owls.

Iglesias, is preserved a large part of its statuary production: among the works created for the wealthy families of Iglesias the most important, taken as a symbol of his artistic production, present in the cemetery of Iglesias is the tomb of the small Zaira Deplano, otherwise known as "the girl with the hoop."

The question is the funerary monument that Sartorio sculpted in 1901 for the small Zaira, who died just six years following a meningitis. The statue is waiting for a restoration. Some of the legends about him say that at midnight falls from the column to play with her hoop running throughout the cemetery. Others argue that the night of November 2, the child appears on the roofs of the historic center to ask the children if they want to play with her, if the child agrees the short proposal will die.


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You can see photos of the cemetery in this album.