Congresso Internacional - A Morte: Leituras da Humana Condição

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In 1835, a governmental decree established public cemeteries. In that year, the Cemetery of Prazeres was inaugurated, with new funeral ceremonies and a tomb art adapted to the cult of the Lisbon bourgeoisie. Texts that allude to this necropolis and its promotion as a model of public health began to be published since 1837. Although some initial oddity it caused, this space soon inspired meditations on the brevity of life, imbued with a Romantic sensibility. Several authors express the anticlerical current, either by the absence of Catholic symbols or by the consecration of individualism. Supported by 19th century texts, related to art, medicine, public health or feminine condition, this communication aims to convey the dynamism of the cemetery of Prazeres throughout the 19th century: it inspired poets, induced secular practices, promoted new professions, intensified the press, contributed to the thanatology and served as scenery of lyrics and narrative plots.
Period28 Feb 2019
Event typeConference
LocationGuimarães, PortugalShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Death
  • Cemetery of Prazeres
  • Liberalism
  • Romanticism
  • tomb art
  • 19th-century publications