The Dieweg Cemetery @ Brussels

From the gorgeous Art Nouveau style of the Cauchie House our trail brings us to the otherworldly, Gothic beauty of the Diegem Cemetery. Created in 1866 as the last resting place for the many victims of a terrible outbreak of cholera.

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Disused since 1958, it is said that most of its tombs are no longer tended as relatives of the dead are long gone themselves. But I think they are all very well tended – by nature…

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… that climbs and lovingly embraces the stone with lush, green ivy…

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… oxidizing the iron crosses and emblems, covering them in that warm rusty red patina of time…

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Jewish and Catholic graves and mausoleums, venerable imposing art harmoniously side-by-side; the irony of being united in death by the very religions that divide in life…

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Tombstones slowly sinking into the ground; it felt soft under the feet…

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Nostalgic mementos of lives I shall never know…

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A discreet sign directs to the place where Hergé is laid to rest; a special permission was obtained to bury him here since the cemetery is not open to new inhabitants for the past 60 odd years.

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The Dieweg cemetery is situated in Uccle, one of Brussels’ most affluent suburbs with beautiful detached houses and plush gardens. It is open to public daily and, apart from the odd guided tour, offers quite, solitary, slightly melancholy walks to the incurably romantic.

Dieweg 95 
1180 Brussels 

Walked on Sunday 09 March, 2014.

Photography by Konstantinos Implikian

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23 thoughts on “The Dieweg Cemetery @ Brussels

    • Honestly, I wouldn’t have enjoyed the walk in a still used, better tended cemetery. I loved walking here, where the mourning has become a distant melancholic echo. Brings out the romantic, even to pragmatists like me!…

  1. Oh me too, I love graveyards! (What’s the difference in a graveyard and a cemetery?) The pale faced photos and rusty crosses and ivy covered stone and majestic tombs. Just gorgeous. I have loved them since a little girl and feel very at peace sitting for hours in the quiet. Maybe it means I am peace with the idea of my own demise…just not soon! 🙂

    • I didn’t love them when I was little, the very idea was foreign to me to say the least! But growing up they fascinate me more and more and, yes, I also find a kind of peace and quite just wandering about, that is just impossible to find in, well, more lively places 🙂

    • … and I don’t see any difference between graveyard and cemetery, not on substance anyway 😉
      It seems that graveyards are those burial places attached to churches but, when they got full, larger sites had to be found, hence the cemeteries. Btw it’s a Greek word: cemetery, kimitirion, κοιμητήριον = ”sleeping place”…

  2. Lovely photos! I find cemetery’s fascinating….not sure why but they can be so beautiful and particularly when you see photographs of those that are long gone. If you come to London, seek out Abney Park in Stoke Newington….small but special.

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