Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Old English Cemetery

Old English Cemetery, LivornoOur Old English Cemetery is one of the oldest non-Catholic cemeteries in Italy.Old English Cemetery, LivornoIt is called “Cinitero Inglese”, but not only Englishmen are buried here, this was a burial ground used by several non-Catholic confessions present in town at the time.Old English Cemetery, LivornoMost of the tombs are from the 19th Century, some from 18th Century and a few even from earlier times.Old English Cemetery, LivornoThis is the oldest tomb from 17th Century. You can see the place is somewhat derelict and just now some volunteers are trying to remove the weeds, tracing and cleaning the old tombs.
If you are interested, our friend Matteo Giunti has a great website, Leghorn Merchant Networks, with detailed informations about the works and the records of the cemetery.

See also: New English Cemetery
Old English Cemetery of Livorno: Survey and analysis (Leghorn Merchant Networks)

23 comments:

Steffe said...

I kinda like it like this with all the green weeds.

Luis Gomez said...

I like cemeteries. Nice work in the tombs.

Birdman said...

Cemeteries hold so much more 'life' than death. Beautiful!

T. Becque said...

Interesting tombs! I think I looked like that statue in the first picture today - not out of grief, but exhaustion!

brattcat said...

Fine series of shots here. I, too, like all that green around the 17th century tomb.

Jacob said...

I love wandering about cemeteries and looking at the headstones and the messages written thereupon.

This is a bit more ornate than most of ours, though.

By the way, I laughed out loud at your description of what would happen at a neighborhood pool in Livorno! Is that really true or were you exaggerating a bit?

tapirgal said...

I could spend a lot of time reading the stones here if they're in English. I like the beautiful big green plants, but we don't want the monuments to decay any faster than necessary. A really nice post.

Hilda said...

Oh wow, what a historical treasure this cemetery is. The first sculpture is so sad and so beautiful. And like Steffe, I actually like the weeds around the oldest tomb.

Per Stromsjo said...

Fresh weeds at an old cemetery. The struggle continues.

cieldequimper said...

This is fantastic. You'll have to show us more.

joo said...

I've always found cementaries interesting and 'special' and try to visit them whenever I am. The one here is fantastic.The first photo is brillant and I love the old tombs covered with green.

Kaori said...

I commend the volunteers, but the tombstone surrounded by all the greenery doesn't look so bad ;-)

Wolynski said...

So English means non-Catholic in Italy? Are they refurbishing with fresh bodies? Love old cemeteries and your photos.

Cezar and Léia said...

I agree with Hilda, they are historical treasures!Your first shot is absolutely perfect!You are sooo talented with your camera!
Léia

Halcyon said...

A beautiful old cemetary. You can take us back here any time. I love to wander through old graves and wonder what those people's lives were like.

Lois said...

What a beautiful place! I would love to wander around in there.

JM said...

Old cemeteries are fascinating! Your choice is excellent here.

VP said...

@ tapirgal - It is called English, but there are stones written in French (Huguenots probably) and in Dutch.

Small City Scenes said...

Wonderful post.
I love to ramble around old cemetaries---of course the ones here are not THAT old. Mid to late 1800s would be old here. I love the headstones and the inscriptions too. MB

Babzy said...

Moving place , i like the weeds growing around the old graves ...

James said...

I like old cemeteries like this. There are so many interesting things to see not to mention the history. I might have seen some 17th century graves near Newtown, but I don't remember. 18th century for sure though.

CafebyJW said...

She looks sad indeed.

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Dina said...

So very interesting and touching.