Bellu Cemetery – included on the map of European cultural sights

The Bellu Cemetery will be included as a reference point on the map of European cultural sights, at the request of the Bucharest Cemeteries’ Administration, which became, as of June, a full member in the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE).

The board of the Administration of Cemeteries and Human Crematoriums nominated the Bellu Cemetery as a reference point on the map of European cultural sights which would act as testimony of Romanian modern and contemporary history, as well as an art museum, which features a comprehensive collection of sculptures by Romanian and foreign artists, as well as architecture monuments, the City Hall announced.

The Bellu Cemetery, one of the largest cemeteries in Romania, where many personalities of Romanian history and culture are buried, lies on a field donated to the administration in 1835 by the baron Barbu Bellu and was opened in 1858. The cemetery hosts the most important funereal works of the great architect Ion Mincu, including the Ghica and Cantacuzinos’ Mausoleum, the Christian Tell, Pache Protopopescu, Antonescu and Lahovary chapels. Personalities buried at Bellu include Mihai Eminescu, Barbu Catargiu, Toma Caragiu, prince Ion D. Bibescu, Ion Luca Caragiale, George Cosbuc, Mihail Sadoveanu, Maria Tanase, Constantin Tanase, Petre Ispirescu, Titu Maiorescu, Liviu Rebreanu, Hortensia Papadat Bengescu, Iulia Hasdeu, Mina Minovici, Aurel Vlaicu, Traian Vuia, Alexandru Odobescu, Anda Calugareanu, Amza Pellea, Ioana Radu, Marin Sorescu and Nichita Stanescu.

The Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE) was founded in Bologna, in 2001, by cities Bergen, Bologna, Copenhagen, Geneva, Cologne, Ljubljana, Stockholm, Turin and Barcelona.

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