Monday, 30 July 2012 08:46

Columbarium or burial wall

In Stresa which is an italian city on the border of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy, we incidentally came across the city’s cemetery, called “cimiteri di stresa”.  Here most of the dead are buried in so called columbarium or burial walls, where urns a placed in small compartments in a vertical wall. I have not been able to track how, why or when this tradition started, but a guess could be because of the rocky ground in the mountains, and there by lack of proper soil to bury the dead in.

In Denmark, where christianity is the most common religion, we do not have tradition for spending much time at our dead relatives graves, as it seems to be in other religions. In Italy where catholicism is a prominent religion, people seem more dedicated to honor and remember their dead relatives, which makes the cemetery a more colorful and lively place to visit – at least for me.

If you are in the area it is definitely worth a visit, but do not go far for this “attraction” as it is small and I am sure you can find a similar closer to where you might be.

beautiful-framed-buriel-wall
colorful-buriel-wall
colorful-columbarium
columbarium-covered-with-flowers
granite-cross-in-stresa-cemetery
grave-at-the-stresa-cemetery
grave-stone-in-stresa-cemetery
typical-columbarium-in-italy

 

LINKS TO OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA

Toce Falls – definitely worth a visit
Lago di Morasco – very close to Toce Falls

 

 

 

 

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