Cimitero Maggiore di Milano, Milan

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The Cimitero Maggiore di Milano, also known as Cimitero di Musocco, is the largest cemetery of Milan, Italy. It is located in Zone 8, in the Musocco district, not far from the Garegnano Charterhouse. The cemetery has an overall area of 678,624 m2 with over 500,000 graves.
In the 19th century, as a consequence of the rapid demographic growth of Milan, a thorough reorganization of the cemeteries of the city was due. At the time, Milan had a large number of small cemeteries located in areas that were originally peripheral but, as the city expanded, had experienced a quick urbanization. Plans were made to close down most of these small cemeteries and build a few, larger ones, in the outskirts of the city. The Monumentale was built first (in the early decades of the century), but it soon became clear that at least another large cemetery was needed. Core samples proved that the rural area of Musocco, bordering on Milan, had suitable geological properties; after some quarrel with Musocco's administration, construction began in the late 19th century, on a design by architects Luigi Mazzocchi and Enrico Brotti. The cemetery opened in 1895; it originally covered an area of 400,000 m2.
Graves from at least four different cemeteries were moved to the Maggiore. A dedicated tram was employed to move the graves; it is said that the people of Milan nicknamed this tram "La Gioconda" ("the joyful one").
Benito Mussolini was buried in an unmarked grave in the Maggiore immediately after his death, although his corpse was later moved, to be eventually buried again in his hometown Predappio.
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  • Meaningful to Argentines or whoever else might be interested in Argentina's recent history, as Eva Perón is still used a mythical figure in Argentina.  more »
  • It may sound bizarre to say you visited a grave yard on your vacation...however, this is no ordinary cemetery. This is a great place to walk round and explore. The tombs and monuments are incredible.....  more »
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  • Absolutely blown away by the artworks in this beautiful respectful cemetery .Need to visit again !
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