Saturday, 30 January 2010
Cementerio de nuestra senora de la Almudena
The cemetery is on the edge of the city and the urban landscape is all around its expanding walls
This visit has been on my to-do list for some months now. I love visiting old cemeteries as I am interested in both history and culture and cemeteries tell us much about a city and its people. This one is described as being 160 times the size of the Real Madrid football pitch and I can believe it. It was opened in 1884 and it has already extended beyond its original plan. It is a 20 minute walk from where I live and the grand entrance with an angel-topped chapel is impressive. There are many famous people buried here, especially political figures. Alongside the main cemetery is the civil cemetery where foreigners are buried along with socialists, communists and freemasons. The small walled Jewish cemetery is here too.
View to the snowcapped mountains and the famous four towers in northern Madrid