Luxburg-Carolath Cemetery

The Luxburg-Carolath Cemetery (Spanish: Cementerio Luxburg-Carolath), commonly known as El Cuadrado ("The Square") is a privately owned cemetery located in Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela. It is one of the oldest operating cemeteries in the country, and has over 10,000 interments.

Luxburg-Carolath "El Cuadrado" Cemetery
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Coats of Arms of the Luxburg-Carolath Cemetery
Coordinates10°38′48″N 71°37′12″W / 10.646667°N 71.62°W / 10.646667; -71.62Coordinates: 10°38′48″N 71°37′12″W / 10.646667°N 71.62°W / 10.646667; -71.62


The Cuadrado cemetery was the first designated burial site of the city of Maracaibo in modern times; it was officially opened on 12 November 1879 as church grounds, where bodies were traditionally buried, were becoming overcrowded.[1] The cemetery was given landmark status in Maracaibo in 2003. Since then, some graves have become derelict or otherwise defaced, but there have been efforts made to preserve the site. Notable to the cemetery is its architecture, which spans various styles including Baroque, Neoclassical, and Eclectic, and the various notable people and families interred.[1] In 2018, it was estimated that 10,630 bodies rest in the cemetery;[1] the state of Zulia began building a museum on the site this year, about the cemetery and people buried there, which was also supported by the German Luxburg Carolath Foundation.[1]

Notable burialsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bracho, Ivanovy (8 August 2018). "¿Maracaibo tendrá su propia Recoleta? El Cuadrado se convertirá en un museo". Noticias al dia. Archived from the original on 25 April 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.


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External linksEdit

  Maracaibo travel guide from Wikivoyage