Cimitero Monumentale di Milano

Milan, Italy

The Cimitero Monumentale is one of the two largest cemeteries in Milan, the other one being the Cimitero Maggiore. It is noted for the abundance of artistic tombs and monuments.

Designed by the architect Carlo Maciachini (1818–1899), it was planned to consolidate a number of small cemeteries that used to be scattered around the city into a single location.

Officially opened in 1866, it has since then been filled with a wide range of contemporary and classical Italian sculptures as well as Greek temples, elaborate obelisks, and other original works such as a scaled-down version of the Trajan's Column. Many of the tombs belong to noted industrialist dynasties, and were designed by artists such as Adolfo Wildt, Giò Ponti, Arturo Martini, Dante Parini, Lucio Fontana, Medardo Rosso, Giacomo Manzù, Floriano Bodini, and Giò Pomodoro.

The main entrance is through the large Famedio, a massive Hall of Fame-like Neo-Medieval style building made of marble and stone that contains the tombs of some of the city's and the country's most honored citizens, including that of novelist Alessandro Manzoni.

The Civico Mausoleo Palanti designed by the architect Mario Palanti is a tomb built for meritorious 'Milanesi', or citizens of Milan. The memorial of about 800 Milanese killed in Nazi concentration camps is located in the center and is the work of the group BBPR, formed by leading exponents of Italian rationalist architecture that included Gianluigi Banfi.

The cemetery has a special section for those who do not belong to the Catholic religion and a Jewish section.

Near the entrance there is a permanent exhibition of prints, photographs, and maps outlining the cemetery's historical development. It includes two battery-operated electric hearses built in the 1920s.

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Founded: 1866
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Italy

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Tessa van Westerop (7 months ago)
The cemetery is really really cool. A great place to spend some time wandering in the shade of the tombs and trees. Really interesting mausoleums and gravestones. Honestly please go. However, beware: it closes at 18.00 and it really really closes at 18.00 and it doesn't care if you're still inside. We arrived at the gate at 18.02 and the gate was closed and everyone was gone. We had to call the emergency number (they only spoke Italian) and then eventually some guy came to open the gate for us. We were stuck with 5 people, so this seems to happen a lot. They do play an alarm to let you know they are closing, but we didn't know that that was what that meant. Really awesome visit though.
Suvi K (7 months ago)
Must see when in Milan! Such a unique place with sculptures and tombs enough for several hours walk. Just amazing, definitely worth a visit.
Solomon Bianca (8 months ago)
It's a very interesting landmark in Milano and it's really worth a visit. The most surprising is the crematory as they left the doors open for the visitors. If you want to escape the crowded places and to enjoy some unique sculptures, check this place out!
Pedro de Alcantara (2 years ago)
A remarkable place full of beauty and strangeness, very well kept, wonderful for lovers of history, architecture, and storytelling. I spent two hours there, taking photos and having thoughts and emotions . . . definitely worth a visit.
kzaya (2 years ago)
I never knew I would be interested in visiting a place like cemetery in Milan. It's richly laid with beautiful sculpture and way it has been maintained so well even after decades took me by surprise. We were shown in a small guided tour, how they are working on maintaining the sculptures.Do attend if you have time. Also check out the literature they have at their office desk. Would surely recommend. Keep 3-4 hours in hand to visit this entire place.
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