Photographing Poblenou cemetery

Are you looking for some unusual sightseeing in Barcelona to shoot? Then, Poblenou cemetery is the place you should head to. 

When you think of photographing architecture in Barcelona, immediately, Gaudi's name come to your mind, doubtless. But beside the worldwide famous examples of great architecture that Barcelona inherited by Gaudi and more Catalan modernism's contemporary architects, you can still look for something unique in terms of shooting photos in town.

The old Poblenou cemetery is among those places you should not miss when you think of shooting an unusual sightseeing in Barcelona.

At the begin of 19th century, an Italian architect was commissioned to design this cemetery which is located in the Poblenou district. The cemetery is rich of individual marble monuments and family's mausolea. It was specifically designated to meet the aesthetic tastes and aspirations of the wealthy bourgeoise class and merchants of Barcelona. Famous local politicians, writers or musicians of that time are buried in this cemetery. Many of their graves are interesting and impressive samples of work of art.

Actually, this is an outdoor museum of funerary art filled with marble sculptures and beautiful corners. It's a place full of shooting opportunities.

Among the not to miss sculptures, the famous Beso de la Muerte (The Kiss of Death).

This sculpture apparently thought to have been created by a Catalan artist named Jaume Barba is a little masterpiece. The bright marble sculpture shows death curiously represented as winged skeleton while is planting a kiss on the forehead of an handsome young man. This sculpture looks romantic and horrifying at the same time and is intensely hypnotic as well.

Poblenou cemetery

Poblenou cemetery

Poble Nou cemetery

While it seems to transmit some eroticism through the kiss, the sculpture seems also repulsive at the same time. You can find more interesting sculptures in the same area where the Kiss of Death is located.

Go there in the late afternoon for the best light and don't forget to apply some exposure compensation when you shoot at the bright marble sculptures.

The Poblenou cemetery is located in Barcelona at the end of Avenida d'Icaria. You can easily reach it by metro (Llacuna station, L4 line) and then walk for some 700 metres (8 minutes).


Stefano Politi Markovina