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Cartagena Piensa proposes a visit to the Los Remedios cemetery to learn about the city's modernist heritage (08/11/2019)

Cartagena Think of the Diputación de Santa Lucía has organized for this Saturday, November 9, a guided tour of the Municipal Cemetery of Our Lady of Los Remedios, to learn more about the first monumental cemetery of the Region and a unique example of sculpture and architecture of the 19th century and early 20th century.

This Walk through the City of the Dead will begin at 4.30 pm from the main gate and will be conducted by Ignacio Benedicto Albjaladejo, a graduate in Journalism and Official Guide.

The assistance is free and free and does not require prior registration.

Touring the Cemetery of Remedies is one of the best ways to get to know the most affluent time the city of Cartagena has ever gone through, because in the boom era of the Mining Boom, the wealthiest tycoons spent huge amounts of money on building luxurious funerary monuments let them realize their passage through this life, and go if they succeeded.

The mausoleums, tombs and pantheons of this cemetery are the largest concentration of modernist heritage that can be enjoyed in a forgotten corner of our city.

The works of the Cemetery of the Remedies began in the year 1866 in the hacienda of San Juan, next to Santa Lucia, directed by the architect Carlos Mancha.

Years later, the chapel was built under the direction of the architect Antonio Oliver, whose interior was decorated with paintings by Wssell de Guimbarda.

The large wealthy families that inhabited Cartagena between the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, projected their last abode with the idea that it was as ostentatious as the mansions that occupy the city center.

That is why many of these businessmen in commerce and mining commissioned funeral pantheons to the same architects who had designed their homes.

The pantheons are decorated with a wide variety of poetic symbols, allusions to antiquity or Freemasonry, which are a reflection of the history and customs of the time.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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