Pictures Montjuic cemetery Barcelona


Montjuic cemetery Barcelona

Cementiri de Montjuïc. Pictures of Montjuic cemetery on Montjuic hill in Barcelona. Barcelona's biggest and main cemetery is the "Cementiri de Montjuïc," which is on the south-eastern slopes of Montjuïc hill. Montjuïc hill situated on the southeastern border of Barcelona city.


The name Montjuic is thought to originate from "Mountain of the Jews," in reference to the ancient Jewish cemetery. The ancient Jewish cemetery on Montjuic housed the last remains of some of the most notable members of the pre-expulsion Jewish community in Barcelona but is not preserved today and forms part of a city park.


The current Montjuic cemetery contains around 150,000 burial plots, niches and mausolea with around 1 million remains in burials and cremation ashes. Montjuic cemetery was opened in1883 when the former Barcelona cemetary of Poblenou became too small.  It is managed by Cementiris de Barcelona S.A who offer guided tours.


Notable graves include Joan Gamper, founder of FC Barcelona football club, Ildefons Cerdà i Sunyer who designed the 19th-century "extension" of Barcelona called the Eixample area, former Catalan President Lluís Companys i Jover, who was executed at Montjuic castle after the Spanish Civil War and artist Joan Miró to name a few.


Montjuic cemetery museum - Col·lecció de Carrosses al cementiri de Montjuïc - is a collection of antique funeral carriages and hearses.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 17:25
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