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Daily Art - "Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno: An Open Air Museum"

2021-11-18

One of the largest cemeteries in Europe, the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno is famous for its sculptures and it is considered as an open air museum. Located in Genoa, Italy, the cemetery has an area of around 2 square miles. 

In 1835, the city authorities delegated the design of the cemetery to the architect Carlo Barabino. But, unfortunately, he was a victim of a cholera epidemic, that took many lives in Genoa. Therefore, the work was completed by his student, Giovanni Battista Resasco. The Cemetery of Staglieno was officially opened in 1851.

The cemetery is an incredible place, with amazing scultures, such as angels, sculls, scenes of families mourning, etc. The Genoese society is represented in Staglieno: from a burial ground, with a tombstone to family tombs. Hundreds of monuments from the 19th and 20th centuries, were created by world renown artists: Lorenzo Orengo, Santo Varni, Giulio Monteverde and Giovanni Scanzi, and many more.

Throughout its history, the cemetery's expansion lead to enlargements of the arcades. Today, the cemetery of Staglieno is an open air museum.