"Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome (Protestant Cemetery or Cemetery of the English)" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Sunday 26th June 2011
This Protestant Cemetery or Cemetery of the English (Cimitero Acattolico o degli Inglesi) was founded in the 18th century with the eldest tomb of construction dated with 1738. The foreigners of other religion than Catholic could have their places of cult only out of the walls surrounding Rome and in case of death could not be buried in the cemeteries belonging to the Catholic churches.
The zone of Pyramid of Cestius, incorporated into the city walls, for Rome of the 18th-19th centuries was considered to be a very remote place, and thus was chosen for the cemetery. It is formed of two parts: an Old cemetery given to protestants containing a tomb of John Keats, and a New cemetery with cypresses and pines which is limited by the walls containing the tombs of Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned in the waters of Spezia's sea in 1822 and cremated by Byron.
According to the date of the oldest tomb there, its origin dates back to 1738. The presence of ruins and pine and cypress trees made it a favourite place for romantic poets and artists, and John Keats and Percy Shelley are also buried here. Many graves are decorated with motifs of classical themes.
The Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners in Testaccio, Rome (to give it its full name) is also widely known as the Protestant Cemetery although it contains the graves of many Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims and other non-Christians. It is one of the oldest burial grounds in continuous use in Europe, having started to be used around 1730. It was also referred to in the past as ‘The English Cemetery’ because of the many English people buried there.
The Protestant Cemetery is located next to the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, by Piramide metro station. The entrance is on Via Caio Cestio; ring a bell at the gates to gain admittance. A helpful window in the wall, close to the corner with Via Marmorata, gives you a perfect view of Keats's grave. The British Military Cemetery is close by.
Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome (Protestant Cemetery or Cemetery of the English)
Via Ottavio Leoni, 1 (Via Caio Cestio, 6)
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Testaccio (Roma centro)
Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome (Protestant Cemetery or Cemetery of the English) is Shown By "Map J Zone" As "54"
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm. Sunday and Holidays: 9.00 am - 12.30 pm. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.
Metro: Underground B line to Piramide
Telephone: 0039 06 5741900
Fax: 0039 06 5741900
Group Visit: Email at orne...@cemeteryrome.it It is advisable at least a week in advance to book your visit specifying where the group is from, name and contact details of group leader/guide, date and time of visit and approximate number of people. Groups are kindly asked to leave a donation of at least €2 per person.