Marine Cemetery, l’Escala

Today we visited a very special place. We are in the marine cemetery of l’Escala, unique in its category in the Costa Brava. Located in the heart of the village, and a few meters from the sea (on Garbí street, 15), it remains intact between the buildings that surround this jewel of neoclassic art that is the burial place of some important people from l’Escala.

El cementerio marino de l'Escala, Girona, Costa Brava

Marine cemetery in l'Escala, Girona, Costa Brava, Spain

L’Escala is a well-known village on the Costa Brava known for its production of good quality anchovies. In 1835 this cemetery was founded to be the burial place of the villagers. From 1970 burials were stopped because of the ban of doing it in urban centers.

Los nichos del Cementerio de l'Escala son de un blanco reluciente bajo la luz del sol

L'Escala cemetery niches shine with a dazzling white colour under the sun

However, from that time the life of this neoclassical jewel did just begin as a monument, because, also to prevent it from real estate speculation, the neighborhood movement succeeded in pressuring the authorities to be declared historic-artistic monument, as it was done in 1974.

The cemetery is composed of an atrium at the entrance, a majority of niche area topped with lime coated tympani, which gives them a dazzling white color, typical of many Mediterranean landscapes and, in addition, 4 pantheons. The chapel belongs to the Maranges family pantheon.

Lápida de la tumba del fotógrafo Josep Esquirol, en el cementerio de l'Escala

Photographer Josep Esquirol headstone, in l'Escala cemetery

The marine cemetery of L’Escala hosts the remains of two great catalan. The first is Caterina Albert, born in this village and who, under the male pseudonym Victor Català, wrote great works of XIXth century Catalan literature, the most important of which was Solitude. We also found Josep Esquirol tomb, the l’Escala photographer who took the first pictures from the archaeological site of Empúries, and whose photographic collection is preserved in the villa.

Nicho correspondiente a la escritora universal catalana de l'Escala, Caterina Albert (Victor Català))

Caterina Albert tomb (writer known as Victor Català)


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This post was written by Alex Rigola who has written 60 posts on Costa Brava Blog.

Alex Rigola is Costa Brava's editor and an ampurdan passionated who enjoys sailing his little boat through the Costa Brava coast. He currently lives in Pals and if you use to ride along cycling routes in the area, it's very likely that you encounter him at some point. When asked about his favorite spot on the Costa Brava he never hesitates for a moment: Cala Montjoi.

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