El Salvador church and cemetery (Villaluenga del Rosario, Spain)

El Salvador church and cemetery (Villaluenga del Rosario, Spain)
El Salvador Church and Cemetery is located in the upper part of Villaluenga del Rosario, the littlest village of the Province of Cádiz (Spain).

About the cemetery

El Salvador Cemetery is an ancient church of Villaluenga del Rosario that was burned by the Napoleonic army between 1809-1814. In Villaluenga there is even a proverb that says: “Villaluenga del Rosario no quiso capitular y llegaron los Franceses y quemaron el lugar.”

The people of Villaluenga were courageous and they refused to bow down to the Napoleonic army. They showed that there isn't an obstacle that can knock them down. So, they found another function for the church and converted it into a cemetery. They used every part of the church to build niches and now it can be seen in the irregular distribution of the walls. During their visit to the cemetery, people are still inside the ancient church, as its ancient tower, walls and the skeleton of the vault are still preserved.

The exact date in which El Salvador Church and Cemetery was built is still unknown. On the tower of the church, we can see some tiles engraved in 1722, the year of the restoration of this part of the church, so it would be built rather before.

In the cemetery, we can also find a mausoleum where the illustrious poet Pedro Pérez-Clotet was buried in 1966. Pérez-Clotet belongs to the Spanish 27th Generation which include poets such as Alberti, García Lorca, and Miguel Hernández, among others.


Calle Torre 8
Villaluenga del Rosario 11611


Email: ayuntamiento@villaluengadelrosario.es
Phone: (+34) 956460001
Website: www.villaluengadelrosario.es

Basic information

Year of first burial: 1830
Current area: 440 m2
Approximate number of graves: 1058