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Protestant Cemetery

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Via Caio Cestio, 6
www.cemeteryrome.it
Weekdays 9:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30); Sunday and bank holidays 9:00-13:00 (last admission 12:30). Admission free, donation welcome.

The Protestant Cemetery (Cimitero Acattolico) was instituted in order to bury non-Catholic foreigners that died in Rome because they were here resident or were simply travelling here and that – according to the Church – could not be buried in sacred land. It was certainly already there in 1738, the year of the most ancient tomb, belonging to an Oxford student. This amazing cemetery became the place where many protestant, orthodox or Jewish foreigners that died in Rome were buried, but it also hosts the tombs of many catholic people that had been rejected by the Church for particularly serious sins, like suicide. The beauty of this place, very close to the Pyramid of Cestius, and the presence there of pine trees and cypresses, made it a place for intellectual people, artists and poets: among them John Keats, Percy Shelley, the Russian painter Karl Brullov and the Italian politician Antonio Gramsci, whose tomb inspired some of the most famous poems by Pier Paolo Pasolini.

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Via Caio Cestio, 11, 00153 Roma, Italy

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