Barcelona’s cemeteries

If you want to discover Barcelona in an unusual way, you have come to the right place! Visiting a cemetery may not be the first thing that pops up in your head when planning a city trip, but it offers a great opportunity to learn about a city’s history. The two biggest cemeteries outside the city walls offer free guided tours on Sunday mornings.

The cemetery of Poblenou is the oldest one and represents Barcelona’s history from 1775 until the Universal Exposition of 1888. It has been constructed in neoclassic style by the Italian architect Antonio Ginesi and is divided into three sections. In the first and oldest section you can find normal graves, while the second one shows the splendid mausoleums of the bourgeoisie. In the third section, you will find this wonderful statue named “The Kiss of Death”.


The Kiss of Death (Source:

The cemetery of Montjuic was constructed after the industrial and demographic boom required more and more burial places. Almost the whole south-west side of the Montjuic mountain is now used as a burial place; it is so big (56 hectares) that you can even visit it by car or bus! The cemetery allows to discover Barcelona’s history from the 20th century and you will find the graves of some very important figures of Barcelona’s recent history, such as the artist Joan Miró and the architect Ildefons Cerdà. Furthermore, you will find the mass-grave “Fossar de la Pedrera”, where more than 4,000 victims of the civil war are buried anonymously.

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