Domènech i Montaner – Cemetery of Comillas

by | Sep 3, 2018 | Funerary Art Nouveau, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Special Areas

(Above) The Angel by Llimona 1895

Basic information:

Location: Comillas (Cantabria – Spain).
Qualification: x (1 on 5)
Present condition: Both the cemetery and pantheons are in Acceptable condition.
Visits: On opening time

History and description:

The town of Comillas is a nice summer residential area on the north coast of Spain in Cantabria, province of Santander. Some exceptional monuments built at the end of XIXth. under the impulse of the first marquis of Comillas – Antonio López y López – bring to the town an special personality. Some of the monuments built at that time where commissioned to Catalan architects and artists.

The cemetery walls with its pinnacles and the main gateway where the work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, commissioned in 1893 to enlarge and upgrade it. The cemetery was built over an old church of XVth. century and some of its shapes as arches, remain as an ornament and also as a support of one exceptional sculpture – The Angel – made by the Catalan sculptor Josep Llimona i Bruguera. Other pantheons where also designed by Domènech and sculpted by Llimona like the Piélagos family mausoleum.

The cemetery is located over a hill close to the sea, being a beautiful element of Comillas landscape.

Specific Bibliography

on Comillas Cemetery

Title of the book Author Published by Year
El Modernismo en España Freixa, M.   1990
Comillas Modernista García Martín, M   1993

Other Works of Domènech i Montaner:

In Barcelona: Fuster House  Lamadrid House  Lleó Morera House   Thomas House  Museum of Zoology  Editorial  Montaner i Simón  Hospital of Sant Pau 
Música Catalana Palace  Ramon Montaner Palace
In Canet de Mar: Ateneu Obrer  Castle of Santa Florentina Roure House (Ca la Bianga)  Restaurant la Misericordia 
In Olot:  Solà-Morales House
In Reus: 
Gasull House  Navàs House  Rull House  Pere Mata Institute 
Out of Catalonia:  Cemetery (Comillas)  Tres caños” fountain (Comillas)  Universidad Pontifícia (Comillas)

Other Art Nouveau Funerary works:

Cemetery of Arenys de Mar Cemetery of Barcelona   Cemetery of Cardedeu   Cemetery of Lloret de Mar   Cemetery of Olius   Cemetery of Sitges   Cemetery of Comillas