Eyes Closed

Campo Santo I

Eyes Closed, Gent, Belgium

© 2012 – philip vergeylen – all rights reserved

‘Gesloten Ogen’ (‘Closed eyes’) is the name of one of the most moving bronze sculptures of Campo Santo.

Campo Santo is the name of a cemetery in Sint-Amandsberg, Gent in Belgium. It is named after the famous Campo Santo cemetery in Rome. It is also called the ‘Père Lachaise‘ of Gent.

Several well-known people have been buried on Campo Santo; writers, painters, poets … There are lots of impressive tombs, most of them of the cultural, financial and catholic elite of Gent. These people spend a fortune on the graves of their beloved ones.

The cemetery is situated on a small hill named Kapelleberg (chapel mount). On top of the hill stands the Sint-Amanduskapel (saint Amandus chapel), a late baroque chapel from 1720. The chapel is surrounded by some impressive old trees.

Today, 131 graves, as well as the chapel and the Kapelleberg are protected as cultural property.

Philip.

7 thoughts on “Eyes Closed

  1. Thanks for the post Phil… maybe its me, but I have a hard time photographing at grave sites. I am not spooked at all… it just brings a sadness to me.

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