European Cemeteries Route
The European Cemeteries Route is composed
of 49 cemeteries in 37 cities in 16 European
The European Cemeteries Route is an initiative
promoted by the Association of Significant Cemeteries
of Europe (ASCE), a not for profit organization founded
with the main objective of preserving cemeteries of special
historic and artistic importance in Europe.
DMC Destination Management, a company with recognized
expertise in promoting and managing themed tourism
routes, is responsible for its development.
Date and countries
Incorporated into the programme
"The Council of Europe Cultural
Austria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia,
Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Cemeteries are part of our tangible heritage, for their works,
sculptures, engravings, and even for their urban planning.
Cemeteries are also part of our intangible heritage, our
anthropological reality, giving a support to the environment
surrounding the habits and
practices related to death.
This Route refers to cemeteries
as places of life, because
it offers places that, as urban
spaces, are directly linked
to the history and culture
of the community they belong
to and where we find many
of our references. Cemeteries
represent unique settings
where to find part of our
historical memories, places
where to remember periods
of our local history that
communities do not want
and should not forget,
and that we have the duty
to preserve and transmit
to future generations.
(Photo: Cemetery of Polloe - Donostia, San Sebastián, Spain)
Press release "2011 UNWTO Ulysse Award: Special Jury Award to the European Cemeteries Route"