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Finisterre Cemetery

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César Portela
 
location Fisterra
function cemetery, chapel
contributed by timo_mecking

Constructing a cemetery at Cape Finisterre (a rock-bound peninsula on the west coast of Galicia and deriving its name from the Latin 'Finisterrae', which literally means 'Land's End'), demands a site-sensitive approach and careful execution of the project. César Portela's starting point was the archaic layout of granite rocks that form the peninsula and the forces of nature that created this spot: the pulling of the atlantic wind, the light and the constant surf of the ocean. The result is an arrangement of buildings alongside a sloping (or rising) existing road that connects the surrounding hills with the lower beachside. Granite cubes form a small chapel and burial niches. Their visual connection to the sea reminds of ancient celtic graves that could be found nearby in Galicia and even though this consideration in observance of the modernist shape of boxes is not too obvious, it leads to a poetic atmosphere that can be perceived especially during foggy Galician weather.

 

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If you like to read more about the Cemetery at Finisterre, theres a link with more pictures and an interesting discussion:

http://www.pushpullbar.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5429
Berlin, Germany 05-Jul-08
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Finisterre Cemetery
Address
Rúa do Alcalde Fernández
Spain
Project is public!
How to get there? The best way to get there is to first get to Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña. To get to Fisterra, up to 6 buses run daily from A Coruña and up to 7 run from Santiago de Compostela, some requiring a change in Baio. From the village of Fisterra, follow the road to Cape Finisterre. The cemetery will appear on your left side half way to Cape Finisterre.
Completion 2000
ArchitectCésar Portela
Client Concelo de Fisterra - Diputación A Coruña
 
Project ID 2366
Latitude/Longitude 42°53'31N 09°15'60W
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