Cementiris de Barcelona, SA is a company in the B:SM Group, which manages the nine cemeteries in the city of Barcelona: Montjuïc, Poblenou, Sant Andreu, les Corts, Collserola, Horta, Sants, Sarrià and Sant Gervasi, as well as the two cremation centres located in Montjuïc and Collserola.
Its main objectives are, on the one hand, bring cemetery management and this business to users, improve personal service and offer high quality funeral services to transfer the deceased to our spaces and, on the other, disseminate the culture and history of their grounds.
The challenges we plan for 2016 are:
- Develop an energy use and self-sufficiency project employing the cremation furnaces at the Montjuïc Cemetery.
- Creation of new spaces for scattering ashes at the city’s cemeteries, as we have received requests from our users to do so.
- Creation of a new cultural-virtual route of the Sant Gervasi Cemetery.
Creation of new cultural routes through the city’s cemeteries
On 6 February the new route in Les Corts Cemetery was launched, whose pantheons lead to an understanding of this Barcelonan neighbourhood. The purpose of this initiative is to make cemeteries available and approachable to citizens as sites full of history and life, and, by extension, depositaries of this collective memory.
Some points of interest in this route are the Soldiers Pantheon, made in 1904 by municipal architect Pere Falqués—known for his streetlight-benches on Passeig de Gràcia—dedicated to the 728 soldiers who set off from the port of Barcelona and died in the Cuba disaster and the Philippines; the oldest active Hebrew cemetery in Barcelona; and the Chapel, rebuilt in 1918 and that is characterised by a Modernista flair, in its current role as an administration building.
There are also famous persons resting beneath the ground at Les Corts, including sculptor Frederic Marès; Antoni Batlle, priest and teacher who promoted scouting in Catalonia; photographer and historian Pere Català i Roca; actor and comedian Joan Capri; and some of the legends of the Futbol Club Barcelona, including players Paulino Alcántara, Josep Samitier, César Rodríguez, Estanislau Basora, Ladislao Kubala and Javier Urruticoechea, as well as president Narcís de Carreras masseur Àngel Mur.
Cataloguing of the collection at the Funeral Library
During 2015, Cementiris de Barcelona catalogued the most representative examples of its funeral library. The collection, with close to 3600 copies, is the largest in Spain and the second largest in Europe on this subject. By cataloguing these copies, at the commission of the Library of Catalonia, everyone who is interested in the funerary subject can access the most notable works via the internet. The Funeral Library is located in the same site as the Funeral Carriages Collection, at Montjuïc Cemetery.