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Monday, October 24, 2011

The modernist cemetery in Lloret de Mar, Spain

A cemetery would be the last thing on anyone's "To-Visit" list while travelling. However, the modernist cemetery of Lloret de Mar is not be missed. On our recent trip to Spain, we stayed in Lloret de Mar and this cemetery was just 5 minutes walk from our hotel.

This cemetery is more like an open-air collection of beautiful pieces of art. You will find works of noted artsist like Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Vicenç Artigas i Albertí, Antoni M. Gallissà i Soqué and even some from Gaudi's disciples.



In the early 20th century lot of locals went to America and made their fortune there. On their return they built luxurious houses reflecting their social status. They also built these classy mausoleums in the cemetery indicating their social distiction.



The main feature of this hypogeum (below) is the feminine figure with closed eyes, turned towards the wall, with a floral offering in the hand expressing pain when faced by death.


A circular headstone presides over this hypogeum (picture below) in which a cross of Malta is inscribed and decorated with plant motives. In front of it, the figure of Virgin Mary sits with her hands crossed on her lap, dominating the central part of the tomb and highlighting her role as an intercessor or mediator before eternity.


In this hypogeum (see below), the vertical stela is notable, which stands straight above the sepulcher, with a column in front of it which in style of traditional boundary crosses, supports the cross that crowns the monument. On the stela, two angels symbolising Hope and Faith are seen.


A neo-Gothic style pantheon (pic below), made up of a false sacrophagus from which four columns rise with capitals with floral decorations. These columns emphasised with pinnacles and animal shaped gargoyles support the upper finish.


The modern part of the cemetery.









The cemetery is a must see if you like art and architecture.
 

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