Poblenou Cemetery

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The entrance to the cemetery

Poblenou Cemetery (El Cementerio de Poblenou in Spanish, Cementiri de Poblenou in Catalan) is located in the neighbourhood of the same name in Barcelona. It is sometimes called Barcelona General Cemetery East (Cementerio General de Barcelona, del Este). It is located in calle de Taulat, with the main entrance at Avenida Icaria.

The first cemetery at this location was opened in 1775, as the state of churchyard graves inside the old city were considered insanitary. It was opened by the Bishop of Barcelona Josep Climent i Avinent as the first cemetery built outside the city's perimeter wall.

After the first cemetery was destroyed by Napoleon's troops in 1813, the Italian architect Antonio Ginesi was commissioned to rebuild it, and the new site was consecrated by Bishop Sitjar on 15 April 1819.

It is formed of two sections: at the front Ginesi created egalitarian terraces of burial niches, while at the rear there is an area of individual monuments and mausolea, crafted for the aesthetic tastes and aspirations of the wealthy bourgeoisie, merchants and manufacturers of the city.

Notable burials[edit]

  • Lola Anglada, illustrator.
  • Xavier Benguerel, author.
  • Narcís Oller, author.
  • Frederic Soler, "Serafí Pitarra", poet, actor and impresario.
  • Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol, engineer and inventor.
  • Josep Anselm Clavé, musician and politician.
  • Valentí Almirall i Llozer, Catalan nationalist and politician.
  • Manuel Porcar, mayor of Barcelona.
  • Mary Santpere, actress.
  • Cassen, actor.
  • Carmen Tórtola Valencia, ballerina.
  • Marià de Cabanes, mayor of Barcelona.
  • José Luis de Vilallonga, writer, actor and aristocrat.
  • Francesco Canals Ambrós, "Santet", a young man of Barcelona of humble origin who died at age 22, to whom miracles are popularly attributed.

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Coordinates: 41°23′42″N 2°12′4″E / 41.39500°N 2.20111°E / 41.39500; 2.20111