Today we talk about necrotourism or cemetery tourism. An activity that in this area of Europe can seem quite shocking or even morbid difficult to understand in a state with a Catholic culture and very reserved with respect to death, however in other parts of Europe such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany or in United States, the visit to the graveyards is a place more like a tourist monument.
Whether for the forms or the construction of their tombs, in many cases true mausoleums or for stories that happened there, the cemeteries become not only a place of pilgrimage on November 1 but also a tourist or cultural visit.In many cases, dramatized routes are carried out where stories related to the cemetery or paranormal phenomena occurring in it are told. In this post, we are going to talk about the most peculiar cemeteries of Andalusia, which are reference for visits as cult place or simply curiosity.
- Cemetery of San Fernando (Seville): This first route we started in the cemetery of the Andalusian capital. Its origin is from the end of the XIX century, and it was built for reasons of high demography since the burials were carried out in the parishes and the city had collapsed in that aspect. This gigantic cemetery has real works of art as tombs as in the case of the bullfighters Joselito el Gallo or Juan Belmonte. There are also celebrities from the world of music such as Antonio Machín, however the most imposing place is possibly in the middle of it, in a roundabout, stands a cross with a Christ work by Antonio Susillo (buried just below) with a legend since It is called Christ of the Honeys due to an extraordinary event in which the image one day began to cry honey. The supposedly miraculous event had the simple explanation of a beehive that had been created spontaneously inside his head, and in summer it melted giving a really exceptional scene but with scientific explanation.
- Cemetery of Villaluenga del Rosario: located in the same town in the Sierra de Grazalema area. It is a work of art since it is a small cemetery whose niches are built inside a church (Salvador) in ruins that was destroyed in the nineteenth century and that is native to the eighteenth century. The location of the niches, their small size and being located inside a church, gives a more sacred if it fits.
- Casabermeja Cemetery: Called San Sebastian and located in the town of the same name in the area of Malaga. It is a cemetery known vulgarly as a town, since its niches and tombs are so well preserved and well cared for that they simply remind one of the white villages of Cádiz or of the Axarquía de Málaga. Its uniqueness stands out for the fact that the locals themselves are responsible for keeping the graves tidy and painted as if it were the first day, being the possible best care in Andalusia, to the point of becoming a busy place in days before and after of all the Saints.
- Cemetery of Benadalid: curious cemetery of the town of the Serrania de Ronda since it is built on a castle that was originally Roman although the remains that have reached us are Arab. It is curious to see some niches built on the patio of a medieval castle and where battles between Moors and Christians are depicted.
- Cemetery of Granada: Known as San José and dating from 1805 being one of the oldest. This cemetery, like that of Seville, has sculptural works from its niches that are worth seeing. It is located in the area of the Alhambra with views of the Generalife, and Sierra Nevada and next to a Nasrid ruins of the fourteenth century. It has legends like the bride who died on her wedding day and who wanders by the same or the Christ who works miracles. Another point to discover the mythical city of Granada.
- English Graveyard of Malaga: the largest port capital of Andalusia also has its cemetery with history and worth visiting. It is a Protestant cemetery of the early nineteenth century, since the British consul of that time requested a piece of land from the authorities for the eternal rest of his countrymen. The place was also chosen for the seat of the Anglican church, its tombs are real sculptural works and it is a place of great cultural and ethnological interest for what it represents.
- Monturque Cemetery: The town of Córdoba, whose cemetery is called San Rafael, is located in an area of Roman remains of the first century AD. c, with a structure of niches and tombs located in the central zone of the forum and constituting an exceptional case of related archeology and necrology.
These cemeteries are not the only places of worship for the dead to visit since there are the different necropolises that we show in our Roman Route. We can indicate that the world related to the show as well as its cults and burials are also a source of tourist attraction even if it is difficult to understand.