Cemitério de Agramonte in Porto

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Black and white photograph of a path lined with mausoleums in Cemitério de Agramonte by Gillian Hebblewhite 2018 ©
Path lined with mausoleums in Cemitério de Agramonte by Gillian Hebblewhite 2018 ©

While staying in Porto in 2018 I accidently stumbled across the Cemitério de Agramonte in Boavista on my way to Lidl, which is situated on the edge of this cemetery. What a find! I subsequently visited Cemitério de Agramonte quite a few times over the week I stayed in Porto to enjoy the tranquillity and admire, sketch and photograph the architecture, monuments, mausoleums and plants while some of the resident cats kept an eye on me.

Cemitério de Agramonte by Gillian Hebblewhite 2018 ©

Cemitério de Agramonte is not often promoted as a place to visit in Porto but, in my opinion, it definitely worth a walk around.

Gillian Hebblewhite
Black and white photograph of Cemitério de Agramonte by Gillian Hebblewhite 2018 ©
Cemitério de Agramonte by Gillian Hebblewhite 2018 ©

It is one of the most beautiful serene cemeteries I have visited but, as I found it accidently, I knew very little about Cemitério de Agramonte when I was there. I have since learnt that it was built very quickly in 1855 to bury the victims of a cholera epidemic and then subsequently restructured in 1869 to incorporate ‘private’ cemeteries that were run by different Brotherhoods in the city, the Orders of Carmo, Trindade and Sao Francisco. Its impressive structures were financially supported by the city’s wealthy and it is the resting place of a few famous people, such as count Ferreira, sculptor Henrique Moreira, archaeologist António Augusto da Rocha Peixoto, cellist Guilhermina Suggia and filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira.

Cemitério de Agramonte by Gillian Hebblewhite 2018 ©

If you want to know more about the history of Cemitério de Agramonte I recommend Craig’s / Bermudarover’s blog ‘agramonte cemetery’.  

Mausoleum in Cemitério de Agramonte by Gillian Hebblewhite 2018 ©

Cemitério de Agramonte is not often promoted as a place to visit in Porto but, in my opinion, it definitely worth a walk around. I took some great photographs while I was there which I used for this blog.

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