A convention of the Association of Significant Cemeteries of Europe (ASCE) took place in Volos in October 5-7, highlighted by two Greek cemeteries that have been added to the European Cemeteries Route.
Cemeteries are a very important aspect of the cultural heritage and attract the interest of scientists, artists and visitors more and more, as in many cases they include remarkable monuments. Some host important works of art while others offer plenty of historical testimonies, which is the reason they have been described as “open museums”.
For the past 17 years, ASCE has been organizing an Annual Conference at one European city. For 2017, Greece was selected, following a proposal by Evangelia Georgitsogianni, Professor at Harokopio University of Athens, which also organized the Conference. The Conference was held on 5-7 October with the title “Ancient Greek Art and European Funeral Art”.
Thirty-six scientists from various European countries, including academics, researchers, archaeologists, scholars, directors of Europe’s most important cemeteries; such as Cimitero Monumentale (Milan), Highgate Cemetery (London), Père Lachaise (Paris), Wiener Zentralfriedhof (Vienna) and the Athens First Cemetery, participated in the conference.
Two new cemeteries from Greece were added to the European Cemeteries Route, namely the cemetery of South Kynouria and the Kifissia cemetery. Also, the cemeteries of Volos and of Ermoupolis on Syros were added as candidates for the European Cemeteries Route.