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Cimitero Monumentale

Not your average graveyard, the Cimitero Monumentale is the final resting-place for the city’s most illustrious inhabitants and one of the most culturally revealing places to see in Milan. It was built in 1866 on a vast 250,000m2 estate filled with a dark, eerie forest of fir trees, and only supremely wealthy families and famous writers, artists and musicians are commemorated here.
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rnThe imposing Romanesque Memorial Chapel in a large open courtyard reveals none of the melodrama in the ornamental gardens behind, where life-size copper statues of bereft damsels are dramatically draped over their loved ones’ graves, while statues of angels keep guard over others.
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rnFrom the turn of the century, Milanese families appropriated permanent plots which led to grand-scale one-upmanship with ostentatious displays of wealth, religiousness and love. Elaborate mausoleums like mini-houses present a veritable timeline of Milan’s social and architectural history, with an emphasis on Art Nouveau. The Campari family tomb is a replica relief of the Last Supper; the Branca drinks dynasty is also buried here, as are the novelist Manzoni, conductor Toscanini and poet Quasimodo.

Address
Piazzale Cimitero Monumentale,
Garibaldi
Telephone
+39 02 659 9938
Opening Times
8am-noon, 1pm-4.30pm. Closed Mondays.
Price
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