This was the ONLY reason my sister and I stopped for 2 nights in Milan. There is nothing I enjoy as much as a good boneyard, and this is among my top 3 cemeteries. (Prague and Venice are way up there.) The over-the-top, dripping with grief statuary is stunning. There are also many famous graves. You can spend a whole day here (and we did.) Inside and out, it is fascinating. Wear your sunscreen, take your camera.
The construction of the cemetery began thanks to the designer Carlo Maciachini in 1863 and the end of the works was dated 1875
Famous Italian people like Alessandro Manzoni, Carlo Cattaneo, ArturoToscanini, etc. rest here
One of nicest places in Milan is the cemetery, Cimitero Monumentale. This is where Verdi, one of Italy most famous composers, is burried. Starting with the impressive entrance and going on with the beautiful tombstones. Going around the cemetery is like being in a museum. See some more of it in the travelogue.
250.000 square kilometers. Would you believe the Milanese need that many space ?
Yes, when you've been there, you believe it.
The tombs are not mere tombs but are artefacts of the most superb quality.
This is the monumental entrance gate
This is like completely over the top entertainment.
I don't think you will find more marble and granite gathered together in one place then here at this cemetary.
It was founded in 1866 but is still in use. (by rich people) since such a monument manufactured nowadays would cost a fortune.
This is more like an open air museum. Lots of monumental statues , ....
WHO CARES ABOUT THE NAMES? just go and have a look.
The Italians seem to have a sence of drama and overacting. Not the fine art the french have or even the british. Just always a bit unbalanced...
Look for more pictures in the tl.
If you like this stuff...provide a few hours then.
Some extra tips : if you like taking pictures...the light is very hard during midday. Better in the morning or in the afternoon.
You see Renaissance tombs but most of them are really monumentale and baroque.
Some of the graves are adorned by nice modern statues
Some of the tombs are real chapels.
The family graves are built by the most famous sculptors of that time