Roaming around in Rome- Visit to Cimitero del Verano, Part-II’ – by K.J.S.Chatrath

Please see my earlier post where in I had mentioned about various cemeteries in Rome and a brief introduction to this cemetery. In continuation of that I am presenting here with some more photos of a cemetery where every stone is a piece of art.

‘Roaming around in Rome – visit to Cimitero del Verano, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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Do notice how the tips of the moustaches are shown.

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How beautifully, each fold of the dress is portrayed in this carving. heel of the left foot is not touching the ground, thus showing a slow walk.

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‘Roaming around in Rome – visit to Cimitero del Verano, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

The Directorate Cemeteries Capitoline, Rome, Italy,  manages 11 municipal cemeteries, which have total territorial extension of over 250 hectares.

The three main cemeteries Verano, Flaminio-Prima Porta and Laurentino, defined as “major”, are the most extensive: Verano 83 hectares, Flaminio-Prima Porta Laurentino 140 hectares and 21 hectares; the other eight, classified as “minor”, are the cemeteries of Ostia Antica, San Vittorino, Isola Farnese, Castel di Guido, Cesano, Maccarese, S. Maria del Carmine-Parrocchietta, S. Maria di Galeria.

Monumental Cemetery Verano

Cemetery Flaminio – Prima Porta

cemetery Laurentino

Cemetery Ostia Antica

Cemetery San Vittorino

Cemetery Isola Farnese

Cemetery Castel di Guido

Cemetery Cesano

Cemetery Maccarese

Cemetery S. Maria del Carmine – Parrocchietta

Cemetery S. Maria di Galeria.

 

Other cemeteries in Rome are:

Non-Catholic Cemetery for foreigners
Rome War Cemetery Commonwealth.

The instant post is about Cemetery Piazzale del Verano, 1, 00185 Roma, Italy.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1040 580 50Opening and closing hours to the public are from from 1 October to 31 March 7:30 to 18:00 Last admission allowed at 17.00 .

From April 1 to September 30 7:30 to 19:00 Last admission allowed at 18.00
including the Easter holidays of 27 and 28 March

Take a look at some of the ornamental graves in this cemetery- each is a piece of art.

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‘Roaming around in Rome-3, visit to Cimitero del Verano- a curtain raiser’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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‘Memorial stones of Silchar cemetery thoughtfully relocated to Shillong cemetery by BACSA in 1981’ – by K.J.S.Chatrath

I was visiting Shillong in North East India recently and visited the Anglican cemetery. It is located near what was earlier called the General’s Point but is more commonly known locally as the Rhino Pont, in the cantonement area.

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North East April 2016 764 640 75On the inner side of the wall of the cemetery, there are 14 memorial stones embedded in it. As a marble plaque put up by the British Association for cemeteries in South Asia (BACSA)* explains, ” These Memorial Stones were brought from Silchar Anglican Church to be preserved on this wall in 1981′.

Cachar district in Assam has three main towns- Silchar, Lakhipur and Sonai.

This was indeed a far sighted move as it would have been difficult to preserve these 15 stones in Silchar. Here these get the care and protection of a larger well kept cemetery.

This step needs to be considered where ever there are a handful of memorial stones lying scattered and unattended in different parts of India. After all these are a part of our historical heritage.

North East April 2016 776 640 75North East April 2016 767 640 75In the affectionate memory of Kendal Cartagwhirter…   …, who died at Appin Cachar on July 9th, 1897.

North East April 2016 769 640 75In the affectionate memory of Lilian Fanny Antoinette Graham, beloved wife of T.W. Graham, who died at Lakhipur on 5th January, 1914

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Alexander Milne, CME

North East April 2016 766 640 75In the memory of Mr. James McIntosh Balfour, S.V.L.H., of Passutipore, who died in Calcutta on August 4th, 1895.

North East April 2016 784 640 75North East April 2016 773 640 75In the glory of God and the memory of Henry Weir, of Kalline Tea Estate, who after a long residence in Cachar, died in Shillong on 9th June, 1917, aged 74 years.

Erected by old friends and members of the local branch of the Indian Tea Associationas a token of appreciation  and esteem. IMIGAD.

North East April 2016 778 640 75North East April 2016 782 640 75In the memory of James Winchester, who was killed in a Lushai attack on Ali*aminapore Garden, on January 23rd, 1871. This tablet is erected by the ***inhabitants of Cachar.

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* I would soon be putting up an article on BACSA and the invaluable work done by it in India.

‘Discovery’ of an old British cemetery at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, Part-I – by K.J.S.Chatrath

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On my visit to Varanasi, India a few weeks back, I managed to ‘discover’ an old British cemetery there with graves dating back to 1799.

The word ‘discovery’ is being used by me in the way the Europeans claimed to have ‘discovered’ the Americas, India and many other areas from 15th century onwards. These places were already there on earth but since the Europeans did not know about these, they claimed to have ‘discovered’ those. One does not know weather it was just poor use of English language or a bit of pompousness on their part which made them use the word ‘discovery’, but unfortunately the word did stick for quite some time. Anyway, let us let it rest here and take a look at the Varanasai cemetery.

It was not easy locating it. I could get no information from the internet. The local taxi driver and the rickshawallahs were keen to take me to the Hindu burning ghats on the holy Ganges. One of them even asked me, ‘Are you a christian ?’. My honest reply of a No, supplemented by ‘I do not believe in any God’ left him disappointed. I could almost read his mind- ‘Look, here is this old man who does not believe in God but is spending his time looking for old christian graves and that too of foreigners.’

I asked the local Tourist Office but got no clue. So I gave up and started moving towards Sanchi in a taxi. Suddenly I shouted to the driver, ‘Stop. Stop”. He applied the brakes with a jerk and looked back at me ‘Kya hua ji’ (What happened)?. Found it. I have found the cemetery that I was looking for.

And there it was on one of the major roads of the town with a clear board.

VARANASI March 2016 1453 580 40While trying to locate this cemetery it  would be useful to keep in mind that it is located near Dev Narain Colony, Chaukavat and the PIN number of the area is 221002.

Fortunately the main gate was not locked. The driver too came with me and we spent the next hour moving from one grave to another, taking photographs and ultimately feeling sad at seeing so many children and young ladies having died so early in life. May be, that was one of the prices to be paid for colonialism.

Though there is a an effective boundary wall all around , the condition of old graves is sad. It seems that no one ever visits this place except for fresh burials. Since a large number of foreign tourists visit Varanasi, I am sure, a good number of them would love to visit this  heritage cemetery provided it is got spruced up and sufficient publicity is given of its existence.

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Sacred to the memory of

William Cowell

Who departed this life

On the 23rd October  1818 (?)

Aged four months and thirteen days.

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Now this does look at little eirie though the photograph was taken around noon.

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To the memory of

James George Brown,

Son of James Cowley Brown, and of Mathilda, his wife

Who departed the earth  on March 15th 1821,

Aged 9 months, 15 days.

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VARANASI March 2016 1460 640 66Sacred to the memory of Alexander, infant son of  Capt. Forbes, 27th Regt., who died 26th August 1851.

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Sacred to the memory of John James,who died on May16, 1813, aged 3yrs, 2mys, son of Edward Robert 15dys &

Edward Robert who died on June 10 1813 aged 6 months 15 days,

sons of Thomas and Isabella Yeld

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Sacred to the memory of Robert Balhurst Esquire, of the Bengal Civil Service, who died at Benares on the third day of November (not clearly legible)

Parts II & III of this article will follow later.

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‘Visit Navodevichy cemetery, Moscow , Russia’ by Clement Ilango

When you are in Moscow please visit the Navodevichy cemetery that contains 27,000 graves , mostly of famous authors like Anton Chekov , Gogol and Bulgakov, political leaders , musicians , playwrights and poets . You will be impressed by the park like ambience dotted with small chapels and large beautifully sculpted monuments. I visited the tombs of Boris Yeltsin, Khrushchev & Mrs Raisina Gorbachev…………Clement Ilango. 12823237_10153608350423883_9179323557679261237_o 580 40

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“Old British cemetery ‘discovered’ in Varanasi, India”- by K.J.S.Chatrath

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On my visit to Varanasi, India last week I managed to ‘discover’ an old British cemetery there with graves dating back to 1799.

The word ‘discovery’ is being used by me in the way the Europeans claimed to have ‘discovered’ the Americas, India and many other areas from 15th century onwards. These places were already there on earth but since the Europeans did not know about these, they claimed to have ‘discovered’ those. One does not know weather it was just poor use of English language or a bit of pompousness on their part which made them use the word ‘discovery’, but unfortunately the word did stick for quite some time. Anyway, let us let it rest here.

I would be putting up two photo articles on the Varanasi cemetery shortly on this website.

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‘Joas Baptista Cemetery, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Part-II’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

2397 640 75Cemitério São João Batista (Saint John the Baptist Cemetery) is a private cemetery in the neighborhood of Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro owned and operated by the Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Rio de Janeiro (Holy House of Mercy of Rio de Janeiro) a charitable organization with a Catholic identity founded by the Portuguese in Rio during the colonial era. This Foundation operates this cemetery with a permit from the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, as in Brazil cemeteries are either owned by the municipality or operated with its permission.

2305 640 75It is one of the cemeteries more decorated and adorned in Brazil, with dozens of rich mausoleums and artistic graves. In the center of the cemetery stands a chapel, which is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. A space is reserved for the burial of the Hospital Sisters of Charity St. Vincent de Paul, along with the nuns who looked after the sick. Also located in this cemetery are the catacombs, belonging to the Brazilian Academy of Letters, linked to Brazilian soldiers who died during the First World War, the sailors of the ship battleship St. Paul who were killed during the Revolution of 1924, the FEB veterans and aviators Brazil.

2308 640 75Address: Cemitério São João Batista’ Address: Rua Real Grandeza, s/nº – Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22281-033, Brazil, Phone:+55 21 2539-7073; Hours: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

2299 640 40Almost every grave stone is a piece of art.

2401 640 75The huge statue of Christ the Redeemer of Rio De Janerio can be spotted in the distance background.

2413 640 75In this photograph one sees the statue of Jesus Christ in the foreground and that of Virgin Mary in the back.

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When I visited Rio De Janeiro in 2014 as a member of the G Adventures Group (https://www.gadventures.com/), the time available was limited and there were competing programes and places to be attended to- including watching a Football match in the newly constructed Stadium for the World Cup. I told our super efficient Tour Director Veronica Lopez, about my desire to visit this cemetery. I don’t know how she re-arranged all the programmes in such a way that I had a couple of hours to visit this cemetery. She also gave me sufficient printed background material on this cemetery.

Thank you Veronica, I am really grateful.

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‘What no graves & no cremation?’ – by K.J.S.Chatrath

dustOnce you are turned into a human crystal, this machine will vibrate you into dust. (Photo: Youtube)

The Hindus already cremate their dead. The Christians and Muslims bury the dead bodies. Now it seems that a day could come when both these methods may become obsolete, theoretically at least.
The inventor of promession, which involves freezing a corpse, vibrating it to dust, and dehydrating it, claims it to be the most eco-friendly form of burial ever devised. ‘A Burial Machine That Will Freeze Your Corpse, Vibrate It to Dust, and Turn It Into Soil’ by Eric Grundhauser .
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‘Santiago cemetery, Chile, Part-II’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

You may like to visit my earlier photo article for a brief backgrounder of this cemetery and more photos by clicking at the following link:
http://gravematters.in/wp-admin/post.php?post=2036&action=edit Santiago chile cemetery part-IDSC08774 640 40DSC08771 640 40DSC08766 640 40DSC08761 640 40DSC08749 640 40Felipe Valeech H.    R.I.P.

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DSC08729 640 40Familia Gaete Wolleter, R.I.P.

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