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Guide to the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe

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Cemetery of La Carriona, Aviles, Asturias

Cemeteries should not inspire anyone's fear, although our imagination, permeable to Hollywood's most terrifying successes and still captivating old childhood stories, has turned those plots of tranquility into tragic events scenarios.

Real cemeteries, like the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe, are - in addition to a place to honor the dead - true museums with works of art from other eras.

Since 2001 there is a non-profit association in Europe, which brings together cemeteries of historical or artistic importance, the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE, Association of Significant Cemeteries of Europe).

Cemetery of La Carriona, Aviles, Asturias

It may be for the beauty of its tombs and pantheons, for the natural environment in which they are embedded, for the architectural testimonies of various styles used in its construction or for the characters buried there, but these cemeteries have been considered significant in some way.

From the English Cemetery of Malaga (Andalusia, Spain) to the Cemetery Mjösund (Njurunda, Sundsvall, Sweden), passing through the New Cemetery of Podgorze (Krakow, Poland) or the Cemetery of Bare (Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina), 179 cemeteries from 22 countries of the continent integrate this association.

And maybe, without knowing it, you have one of them near, because in Spain there is almost thirty, practically half of them in Catalonia. There are four recognized in Galicia, one only in Asturias, one in Cantabria, two in the Basque Country, twelve in Catalonia, one in Madrid, three in the Valencian Community and four in Andalusia.

Flowers are never missing in the tomb of Armando Palacio Valdés, Cemetery of La Carriona, Aviles, Asturias

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