Modernist Cemetery

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Photo of Modernist Cemetery in Lloret de Mar

The modernist cemetery of Lloret de Mar was a work designed at the end of the 19th century and built over the next few years into the early 20th century. It is a site of undeniable interest, offering a broad perspective of the funerary art of the period.

The cemetery was officially opened on 2nd November 1901, after which date several renowned architects and sculptors contributed works: Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Antoni M. Gallissà i Soqué, Lluís Llimona, Vicenç Artigas i Albertí, Bonaventura Conill i Montobbio, Ismael Smith, Eusebi Arnau... and disciples of the school of Gaudí. A key role was played by private individuals in the creation of the cemetery, funding both the overall structure of the site and the tombs themselves.

In this respect, it should be pointed out that at the turn of the 20th century there were many Indianos who had made their fortune in Latin America and who, having established their social and financial status, decided to return to their home town. Once home, they commissioned the building of luxurious residences, which both displayed their new-found wealth and ensured a comfortable lifestyle in the 'land of the living'. Meanwhile, they had sumptuous mausoleums built, another sign of high social status, in this case designed in order for them to carry on living well in the 'land of the dead'! The cemetery of Lloret de Mar is possibly one of the most important examples of Catalan funerary art of the modernist period.

Close to the Terminus Station, right at the entrance to the town and at the foot of a luminous fountain, some verses by Sebastià Sánchez Juan exalt the peculiar character of the Lloret's townsfolk. 'Nothing that occurs in Lloret is beyond human measure: chance, sorrow, piously recalled, are worshipped at the bottom of the heart as in an old window.'

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Modernist Cemetery
Blanes - Camí del repòs
17310 Lloret de Mar (La Selva)

Telephone: (+34) 972 365 788
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Website: www.lloretdemar.org

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