Location: Granada, Spain [MAP]
Project Type: Cemetery
Completion Date: Ongoing (founded 1805)
Access: By foot, walk past the Alhambra and straight across a roundabout. By bus, line 13.
After confidently strolling to the Alhambra ticket office at 9am to buy our tickets for that day, we soon realized we were about 2 hours too late. Instead of heading back we carried on and came across the ‘Cemetery De San Jose’.
In Europe deceased loved ones are remembered and their lives celebrated in cemeteries. Monuments and flowers are key to that process. Families have big plots which house their ‘past-ones’, in elaborate tombs. These alone are worth viewing, some are mini cathedrals, others ultra modern glass shrines but the over riding sense is these families have money.
Granada Cemetery struck me as being slightly different to other European cemeteries found by The Secret Garden Atlas (https://thesecretgardenatlas.wordpress.com/category/project-type/cemetery/). There are several different resting spaces for the departed. The elaborate family tombs, graveyards with planting, multi story graves interwoven with very contemporary landscape characteristics, made from cor-ten steel, water features, sculptures, surfacing, landform and a pavilion overlooking the cemetery and city.
It even holds a glass elevator to transport you to the upper floor.