Cemitério do Prado do Repouso in Porto

The Cemitério do Prado do Repouso in Porto is a significant cemetery in the city that reflects Porto’s rich cultural heritage and architectural diversity. Established in the 19th century, this cemetery serves as the final resting place for many notable figures and also ordinary citizens. With its serene atmosphere and intricate tombstones, the Cemitério do Prado do Repouso offers visitors a unique glimpse into the city’s past through its beautifully crafted mausoleums and gravesites.

Prado do Repouso, Daniel Nogueira, Flickr

History

Cemitério do Prado do Repouso opened in 1839 and provided the first organized public place for people to be buried in Porto. Before this, people were buried inside chapels. Initially planned for a seminary and the construction of the S. Vítor church, the site was chosen due to its pre-existing infrastructure with defined walls and streets. Over time, this cemetery has evolved into an important landmark, known for its neo-Gothic architecture and historical importance, and it stretches over 10 hectares of land.

Prado do Repouso, Daniel Nogueira, Flickr

Architecture and Notable People

The Cemitério do Prado do Repouso serves as a kind of open-air museum, as it houses a diverse collection of art pieces by renowned artists. This certainly makes it a unique cultural attraction in Porto. Notable tombs, some of which were designed by Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, include those of doctor Abel Salazar, poet Eugénio de Andrade, cinema pioneer Aurélio da Paz dos Reis, musician Francisco Eduardo da Costa, and painter Aurélia de Sousa.

Other highlights include emblematic monuments like the Monument to the Victims of the Revolt of January 31, 1891, and the Monument to the Martyrs of the Fatherland. The cemetery also features the Nuns’ Ossary from the former Convent of S. Bento da Avé Maria and the Zulmiro de Carvalho Monument.

One fantastic reason to come and visit the Cemitério do Prado do Repouso is its serene ambiance, in no large part thanks to the collection of old trees gracing the property. People visit the cemetery just to take a walk, according to Nuno Pereira, head of the Municipal Division of Public Health and Animal Welfare.

Visitors can enjoy cypresses, which symbolize the connection between heaven and earth, in addition to camellias, olaias, magnolias, Virginia tulip trees, Jupiter trees, and neem trees. Recognized as a Monumental Cemetery by the ASCE and also part of the European Route of Cemeteries, Prado do Repouso offers a peaceful retreat rich in history and natural beauty.

Prado do Repouso, Daniel Nogueira, Flickr

Visiting Times

The Cemitério do Prado Repouso is open every day from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, except November 1 and 2 from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm.

The closest bus routes are #207 and #400, while the closest metro station is Heroísmo, which is about a 15-minute walk. 

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