Saturday, April 7, 2018

'Barichara cemetery- a Colombian patrimony, Part-I' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I visited the cemetery at Barichara - a small town in Colombia. This cemetery is famous for the beauty of its surroundings and of well carved grave stones. This town in northern Colombia  is known for its cobbled streets and colonial architecture. In the center, the sandstone Catedral de la Inmaculada ConcepciĆ³n features a gold-leaf altar. Other significant churches include whitewashed Capilla de San Antonio, built in the 19th century, and hilltop Capilla de Santa Barbara. On the town’s western outskirts, Cementerio Barichara is a cemetery with ornate tombs.

This site is noted for its carved stone tombs, many of them adorned with iron crosses. Here lie dozens of patiamarillos (“yellow feet”); that’s what the people of Barichara are called, reportedly because of the yellow color of the streets.

Take a look:


This cemetery features a sample of the local stone carvers’ artistic ability. At times, these artists have represented classic symbolic funeral pieces or images of Jesus of the Sacred Heart and of Virgin Mary. At others, upon request by the bereaved, they have recreated the elements that represent the line of work, personality, and tastes of the deceased. And yet others, they have created their versions of masterpieces, such as Gaudi’s The Last Supper. All of the interpretations make for splendid epitaphs. 


(Text based on information available at this cemetery and from the internet.)

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