The Central Cemetery (Spanish: Cementerio central) of Barrio Sur, Montevideo, is one of the main cemeteries in Uruguay. It also ranks amongst the most popular in the country, given that most famous Uruguayan people are buried there.
Av. Gonzalo Ramírez 1302
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It is located in the southern area of the city and it was founded in 1835. The entrance, designed and built up after the Uruguayan Civil War (1839–1852), is the work of the Italian sculptor Bernardo Poncini.
The cemetery was originally placed far away from the city, mainly because of the persistent risk of an epidemic. However, with the fast development and growth of Montevideo throughout the 20th century, the Central Cemetery is now surrounded by the metropolis.
It became quite popular after 1858. It was one of the first cemeteries in the country at a time when burials were still carried out by the Catholic Church. Some works and statues made by José Belloni and José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín can be found in the cemetery.
Notable interments edit
Among those interred there are:
- Michelena, Alejandro. Cementerio Central. La historia entre lápidas (in Spanish)
- El Cementerio Central de Montevideo: un tesoro artístico a descubrir (in Spanish)
- El Cementerio Central, un tesoro ignorado y secreto Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
- "Así despidieron a Jorge Batlle en el Cementerio Central". El Observador. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.