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Cimitero Acattolico

Cimitero Acattolico (93)

The Non-Catholic Cemetery of Rome is also known as the Cemetery of the English or Protestant Cemetery. It is in the Testaccio district, close to the Porta San Pablo and the Piramide Cestia. This pyramid was built in 12 AD as a tomb, and later integrated into a section of the Aurelian Walls that surrounds the cemetery.

However, this cemetery is not the place where only Protestants are buried, but all non-Catholics who died in the city of Rome as from the late 18th century.

This is also where illustrious figures such as the English poets John Keats and Percy Shelley are buried. You will also find the tomb of Goethe’s only son, August, where you will see his portrait but no name, just the words "Goethe filius".

If you decide to visit it, to wander around this mixture of atheists, masons, Protestants, Russian aristocrats, revolutionaries, all united for their “non-Catholicism”, you will see that it is full of green spaces and flowers. Remember that private visits can be made free of charge, so that if you want to ring the bell and you tell the keeper which tomb you wish to see, you will not have to pay. Otherwise, you must pay a small amount.

Also remember if you do not want to go in but would like to see the tomb of Keats, you can do so through a window in the wall at the beginning of the Via Caio Cestio. If you decide to see it closer up you can read his epitaph: "Here lies one whose name was writ in water".

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