Are you one of those who loves to visit cemeteries and all the art, history and legends in them?
The history of the illustrious that rest in the cemeteries and the sculptural beauty of the numerous necropolis of Spain combined with the halo of mystery that surrounds the fields, provide the perfect spot for a top excursion. It’s true that Barcelona is not Paris, and the city doesn’t have the tradition to admiring the beauty that resides on death; nevertheless, “Cemetery tourism” has become a top touristic activity, preferred by those who seek to discover forgotten corners.
Spain is home to a large number of cemeteries that are worthy of a visit, either because in that sacred field rest the bodies of artists, writers or historical figures of great importance, or because of its architecture and artistic beauty. For example, Barcelona has different necropolises that have a lot to offer the visitor, such as Montjuïc cemetery, which is part of the route “Dreams of Barcelona“.
Are you ready to discover the beautiful cemeteries in Barcelona? Take a look at our fabulous route and find the beauty in death. This route will allow you to discover Barcelona in its double dimension because by browsing the city of the dead you can know how the city of the living was.
Cemeteries in Barcelona
Cemetery of Sant Gervasi
The cemetery of Sant Gervasi, inaugurated in 1853, offers a fabulous area to discover. The stunning modernist staircase that crosses the centre offers a mosaic with the 14 stations of the Via Crucis. To the side and side, the funerary architecture unfolds with splendour in pantheons that seem towers and monumental tombs, showing the opulence of the bourgeois families and buried aristocrats.
Among its illustrious residents stands the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Also Joan Maragall, in the shadow of an almond tree, in a bench-shaped pantheon and open in front. It’s worth to finish the tour climbing the stairs. From above, you will have breathtaking views of Barcelona, surrounded by mountains and with the Mediterranean Sea as the horizon.
Cemetery Del Poblenou
“A walled city inhabited only by the dead” is the perfect description for this lovely cemetery in Barcelona. Hans Christian Andersen, the author of the famous tales ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’, spent a few days in Barcelona and left for posterity the chronicle of the time in the Book ‘Travel for Spain‘. Hans went to the cemetery on a Sunday afternoon, after seeing a bullfight. He walked along the lonely roads flanked by rows of niches arranged on floors, where one family lay next to another like dumb and silent neighbours. He was impressed by the beauty of this cemetery.
Among its residents, you can visit the tomb of Francesc Canals Ambrós. The route ends with a unique statue of Jaume Barba, The Kiss of Death. A skeleton with wings kissing a man on the cheek. Certainly, this statue is a fabulous representation of death.
Cemetery of Les Corts
The modernist cemetery of Les Corts is a fabulous cemetery in Barcelona that you must visit. In the central area, you will find the Pantheon where 734 soldiers rest. All those soldiers were killed in Cuba and the Philippines in 1898 and repatriated. Furthermore, this cemetery has one of the most important Jewish sites in Barcelona. The Jewish burials began in 1935 and all of them are buried in according to Jewish tradition.
Also, the cemetery of Les Corts is where the historical players of Barça rest. Among them stand Kubala, Manchón, Alcántara, Samitier and the goalkeeper Urruticoechea, who still enjoy the proximity of the Camp Nou.
Inaugurated in 1883, the cemetery of Montjuïc has been the place chosen by a great part of locals to rest in the eternal life. The diversity of buried people and typologies of burial is surprising, and a reflection of the city. The most remarkable characteristic of this cemetery is its beautiful pantheons and the monumental funerary towers. All these constructions feature Neo-gothic, Neo-classical, baroque and modernist style. The Cemetery of Montjuïc is the home to a large number of bourgeois families such as Ametller, Batlló and Elizalde.
The gipsy community also made of Montjuïc cemetery their place of rest. Their tombs are easy to find because they are always full of flowers. Furthermore, if you go to the cemetery on the “All Saints’ Day”, you can live closely how the Gypsy Community celebrates the feast of the dead. The film director Pedro Almodóvar, impressed by the beauty of this cemetery, full of pantheons and open to the sea, chose it as the stage for some scenes of its masterpiece “Todo Sobre Mi Madre”. Undoubtedly, the Cemetery of Montjuïc is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Barcelona.
Are you planning to spend your next holidays in Barcelona? If so, How about discovering the beauty in death? Enjoy a different tour around Barcelona and discover the cemeteries of the city. Take a look at our selection for the most beautiful cemeteries in Barcelona.