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Certosa di Bologna - Monumental cemetery

Via della Certosa, 18 - 40133 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 6150811/12/13/14

Fax +39 051 6150829

Reference maps: M-8

Date of last update: 22/11/2018, 11:15

The Certosa monumental cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries of Europe, a monument that is renowned worldwide, a unique place regarding the sculpture and architecture of the XIX and the XX century.

The discovery of the Etruscan tombs in the Certosa cemetery, between 1869 and 1871, led to a successful series of archaelogical excavations, directed by the Bolognese archaeologist Antonio Zannoni, which clarified the historical and topographical reconstruction of the city. The materials coming from the tombs, which date back to the middle of the VI and IV century B.C., are now in the Etruscan wing of the Archaeological Civic Museum.

In 1800, the Health Commission of the Reno Department decided to use the former S. Girolamo Certosa as a cemetery area. The Certosa had all the proper requirements: it was placed out of the town, in a perfect position in terms of the hydraulic network and the free circulation of air. It officially opened in 1801 while in 1802 the architect Ercole Gasparini planned the new monumental entrance with big pillars topped by statues. In 1811 Gasparini planned a portico that linked the cemetery to the Sanctuary of San Luca.

The first places that were adopted as cemetery were the Chiostro Terzo (Third Cloister), the Chiostro d'Ingresso (Entrance Cloister), the Sala della Pietà (Pity Hall) and the Sala delle Tombe (Tombs Hall). From the Tombs Hall, which used to be the old recreation rooms of the monks, you have access to the Loggia delle Tombe (Tombs Lodge) and from here you proceed to the Aula Gemima (Gemina Hall). The Sala delle Catacombe (Catacombs Hall) (1827) leads to the Gallery with three aisles that ends with the Colombario. Some of the most famous monuments of the cemetery (Pepoli-Murat e Angelelli) stand out at the centre of the rooms.

The most recent Campo degli Ospedali collects monuments of the Art Nouveau period along the boundary wall, at the centre the cemetery houses the ossuary of the fallen Partisans by the architect Piero Bottoni. Next to the cemetery are the place assigned to the non-Catholics, the Jewish cemetery, a crematory area and a cinerary.

Reference: Storia e Memoria di Bologna LA CERTOSA

Magnani Chapel

Magnani Chapel

It is the best and most popular masterpiece Rizzoli created at the Certosa, the first and finest example of adhesion to the refined style of Art Nouveau.
The group of sculptures stands out against the concave light-blue mosaic background. The Angel leads the Soul of the deceased skywards while slumped in his arms. The two figures seem to detach themselves from the earthly world as they soar.

Pasquale Rizzoli (1871-1953)
Gallery annexed to cloister VI, west wing

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Certosa of Bologna