Visit cemeteries Fortunately, for tourist interest, it is becoming an increasingly popular experience. It turns out that, apart from their dramatic function, the cemeteries are sometimes places of great beauty, which can be located in privileged places, quiet and with beautiful views.
In fact, in Europe this type of tourism has a long tradition and there are organized routes that go through the most beautiful cemeteries. In fact, we already spoke to you on another occasion about the most famous cemeteries in Europe. In Spain you are beginning to discover the interest of touring some of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country. The Comillas cemetery, in Cantabria, is one of them.
The Guardian Angel
Located on a hill overlooking the Cantabrian Sea, on the outskirts of the town, Comillas is a benchmark in terms of classic romanticism and Gothic in terms of cemeteries. Declared a Site of Cultural Interest, it was established around what was a 15th century parish church, now in a dilapidated state.
One of the things that the visitor sees first, and that he will remember as one of the features that define this cemetery, is the imposing guardian angel statue (represents Azrael, the archangel of death). In principle the statue, the work of the Catalan sculptor Josep Llimona, was intended for the mausoleum of Claudio, brother of the first Marquis of Comillas. However, it was so large that it was placed in the apse of the old church.
Inside, you can see magnificent mausoleums and richly ornamented tombs, with beautiful sculptures and engravings. The person in charge of the current state of the Comillas cemetery was the modernist architect Lluís Doménech i Montaner, who expanded it in 1893. It was then that the churchyard acquired even more lordship and beauty. Doménech kept the ruins of the old church and surrounded it by a high stone wall, which is closed with a large door with an iron fence.
Places to see in ( Comillas - Spain ) (April 2021)
- Cantabria, cemeteries