Westerveld lies in a very special setting, unique in its beauty and appeal. We were of course justifiably proud when, in 2010, Westerveld gained the honour of being the first cemetery in the Netherlands to be granted membership of the prestigious ‘community’ known as the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE).
The ASCE, founded in 2001, is an international organisation of unusual cemeteries. It now has some 85 members, just two of which are in the Netherlands: Westerveld and Moscowa in Arnhem. The ASCE believes that cemeteries are important as part of our cultural heritage. With their vast wealth of architecture and irreplaceable ‘repertoire’ of monuments from earlier centuries, they offer a unique insight into the history of a city and a country. The ASCE does everything it can to protect and safeguard this cultural heritage, and to make ‘Europe’ more aware of the importance and beauty of these special cemeteries. Other members include the monumental Père-Lachaise in Paris, Montjuic in Barcelona and Cimitero del Verano in Rome.
For more info, go to: www.significantcemeteries.org.