Cimitero delle Porte Sante

Cimitero delle Porte Sante (The Sacred Doors Cemetery) is a monumental cemetery in Florence located within the fortified bastion of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte.[1][2][3]

Cimitero delle Porte Sante
Coordinates43°45′32″N 11°15′51″E / 43.758958°N 11.264098°E / 43.758958; 11.264098Coordinates: 43°45′32″N 11°15′51″E / 43.758958°N 11.264098°E / 43.758958; 11.264098


The idea of a burial site near San Miniato was conceived around 1837, although the camposanto was inaugurated eleven years later, in 1848.

The project, originally entrusted to architect Niccolò Matas (the author of the facade of the Basilica of Santa Croce), was enlarged and in 1864 Mariano Falcini used the area of the sixteenth-century fortress lying around the church.

The project of the new cemetery grew parallel with the development of the new road network, elaborated by Poggi, which, with the opening of the Colli Boulevard and the monumental staircase, created new ways to access the basilica.

Notable tombsEdit

In addition to many neo-Gothic architectural features, the cemetery holds the burial sites of many illustrious figures, including:


  • Foresto Niccolai (ed.), The urns of the strong, monuments and burial inscriptions , Coppini Tipografi, Florence, September 1997.
  • Valeria Paniccia, Walking in the meadows of eternity , Mursia Editore, 2013
  • Aldi there of the Holy Doors - Studies of conservation and restoration of the burial monuments, Florence, Palazzo Spinelli, 2016

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Cimitero delle Porte Sante, a settembre i lavori di messa in sicurezza del Bastione a sud-ovest". 2017-07-03. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  2. ^ "Riaprono i bastioni al cimitero delle Porte Sante". (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  3. ^ "E il cimitero delle Porte Sante diventa Spoon River". La Repubblica. 2016-09-11. Retrieved 2017-09-05.