This utterly unique Collection, made possible by Serveis Funeraris de Barcelona, explores the different rites and rituals practiced around death of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
This unique collection, comprised of 13 hearses, 6 carriages for transporting the bereaved to the cemetery, and 3 motorized vehicles, together with the decorative items that power and decorate them, shows how our ancestors maintained customs while adapting to new technology when transporting their dead to the cemetery. The Collection’s fascinating holdings and resources shed light on the cultural habits, rites and rituals that surrounded death and dying during the late 19th century and the middle of the 20th century.
In addition to its collection of carriages, the Cemeteries of Barcelona have made their funereal library open to the public, granting access to a rich trove of over 1800 unique bibliographic works dedicated to the ways in which different societies, from prehistoric civilizations to our present society, have created and maintained habits to bury and memorialize the dead. The repository is the most noteworthy library of its kind within Spain, and the second on the European continent.