Cimitero Monumentale, Milan

The Cimitero Monumentale is a large cemetery in Milan. It was designed by architect Carlo Maciachini (1818-1899), according to an eclectic style, combining Byzantine and Gothic elements with a prevailing Romanesque flavour, with stone configurations in alternating colours. Due to the high artistic value of the sculptures, aediculae and other works present within it, the cemetery is considered an ‘open air museum’.

The Famedio – a name derived from the Latin famae aedes, the Temple of Fame – is the main entrance of the cemetery. It is a large neo-Medieval style building in marble and brick. The Famedio was initially designed as a church, but since 1870 it has been used as a burial place for the most revered Italian personages, like Alessandro Manzoni and Carlo Cattaneo. Other important people linked with Milan who are buried elsewhere are also represented in the Famedio - such as Giuseppe Verdi, buried in the nearby old age home for musicians that he founded.

During the opening of the Maciachini metro station on the new purple line 5, the cemetery square was entirely renovated, in the paving, gardens, and lighting, for which the Tabit system was chosen, together with ‘Light 804’.

The project also included the restoration of the lanterns supported by cast iron brackets, dating back to the 1970s. Neri restored the posts with the two hexagonal lanterns that crown the entire perimeter of the cemetery’s façade. Both the restored lamps and the ‘Light 804’ are equipped with 24 LEDs, 3,000°K and 4,500lm. Inside the cemetery there has been for years a guided tourof the most important and artistic tombs; visitors can identify them thank to the signs from our Layia series, while Scilla benches complete the decor of the place. In the outer square, on the other hand, the Layia bollards – already chosen by Milan for the rest of the city – elegantly cordon off the entrances to the cemetery.