The cemetery Sainte-Croix in Bernay

The cemetery Sainte-Croix in Bernay was inaugurated in 1785. It lies at the Boulevard des Monts, which provides a nice view point over the city. I like cemeteries. They are quiet places.

View of Bernay. On the left side you can see the church Sainte-Croix. Own photo (on Wikimedia Commons), licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

View of Bernay. Own photo, licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Tombs in the shape of small houses or temples were certainly something for the wealthier families.

Grabmal Bernay

Tomb of the family Lepelletier. Own photo (on Wikimedia Commons), licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

bernay grabmal

On the other side of the tomb is a plaque with names of the deceased. Own photo (on Wikimedia Commons), licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Thomas Lindet (1743–1823) was buried on this graveyard. He was the brother of Robert Lindet. Before the French Revolution Thomas was the Catholic parish priest of Sainte-Croix. 1789, at the beginning of the French Revolution, the clergy sent him as their representative to Paris. In 1791 he became bishop of the département Eure, then delegate of the Legislative Assembly. He married in 1792. He worked for the Ministry of Education and organized the libraries of the département. In 1793 he resigned from his priesthood, he defrocked himself. After the Hundred Days in 1815 he finally had enough of politics. He retired. He worked as an advocate in Bernay until his death. He was buried without religious ceremonies and his grave was forgotten and vanished soon. There is no trace left of it.

cimetière bernay

Decay. This would be a nice setting for a zombie film. Own photo, licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

The graveyard chapel is not very impressive. The whole cemetery looked as if it wasn’t used anymore. But it is in use. Reading the regulations of the cemeteries of Bernay was not a good idea though. I don’t really want to know how to treat old coffins they find by accident and so on.

Entry of the graveyard chapel. Own photo, licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

The back of the chapel. Own photo (on Wikimedia Commons), licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Skew-whiff. Own photo (on Wikimedia Commons), licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

Thomas Lindet was buried in unhallowed ground, but on the hallowed parts of the graveyard lie masses of priests. All the Franciscans of an old monastery and all the priests of Sainte-Croix. One of them might have had reasons to compensate something. On his grave is a kneeling statue of himself, praying in front of the cemetery cross.

Looks rather expensive than pious. But it’s a cool idea though. Own photo (on Wikimedia Commons), licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

On top of the hill is a corner with graves of soldiers who died in World War I. The shape of their tombstones varies because of their different religions.

Graves of Christians and Muslims. Own photo (on Wikimedia Commons), licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

The Christians have tombstones with the shape of a sword. The gravestones of the Muslims show star and crescent. Own photo, licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported/ CC by SA

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