Poblenou cemetery in Barcelona was originally created in 1775 due to space issues caused by the growing population within the old walls of the city. Destroyed by Napolean’s troops in 1808, it was later reconstructed in a neoclassical style with the aid of Italian architect Antonio Ginesi. Peaceful but macabre, the cemetery of Poblenou is an intriguing place to visit and is in itself a museum, home to some incredible sculptures, haunting, yet beautiful none the less.
One of the most curious pieces in the cemetery of Poblenou is known as the ‘Kiss of Death’. Constructed in 1930, this strange, mystifying, marble sculpture is both eerie and captivating, and produces varying reactions from passers by. The sculpture depicts a winged personification of Death kissing the forehead of a young man, and thus taking him away to another world. Written beneath the sculpture are the chilling words:
His young heart is thus extinguished.
The blood in his veins grows cold. And all strength has gone.
Faith has been extolled by his fall into the arms of death.