Zorgvlied Cemetery, Amsterdam

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Zorgvlied is a cemetery on the Amsteldijk in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on the left bank of the river Amstel. The cemetery was opened in 1870 by the city of Amstelveen which still owns and operates it, though since 1896 (when city lines were redrawn) it is located within the boundaries of the city of Amsterdam. One of the country's best-known cemeteries, it is notable for the large number of celebrities, especially from the literary and theater worlds, buried there.
The cemetery takes its name from the villa on whose grounds it is built. The design, by Jan David Zocher, is in the English garden style. Zorgvlied was expanded in 1892 by Zocher's son, Louis Paul Zocher, and again in 1900, 1919, and 1926, when it became a burial place for the upper classes who had often been buried in Westerveld in Driehuis. An atrium was added in 1930.
Perceptions of death and burial have changed considerably. After the 1994 burial of Manfred Langer, whose monument features him holding a glass of beer, some burials have become more extrovert. After a dispute over the burial of visual artist Peter Giele, the board of directors of Zorgvlied set aside a special area, called Paradiso, for monuments with extraordinary appearance or dimensions.
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  • Aan de Amstel. Great goal for bike ride. An ancient burial site. Beautiful nature. There are many artists on the cemetery. Sometimes by boat buried from the center.
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  • On our walk from Amstel station We came along this old cemetery along the Amstel River. History
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  • Beautiful cemetery - nicely situated on the Amstel river. Shame though they constructed a modern eyesore, totally out of line, the crematorium namely. Go take a look, then you'll know what I mean. Oh well, next best is to ignore the thing.
  • According to a Telegraaf article titled ’Harry Mulisch begraven in onterecht geruimd graf’ published on 14/02/2018 Zorgvlied cemetery currently stands accused of the heinous crime of having illegally removed for profit a family grave for which the family had purchased eternal burial rights. The family has provided iron clad proof in the form of a signed contract. Instead of issuing a proper apology to the affected family Zorgvlied chose to hide behind a lame bureaucratic excuse. Any cemetery demonstrating such disregard for the dead ought to be thoroughly investigated. Although it is in a pretty location I cannot give a high rating to a cemetery that conducts its business in this scandalous manner. Curious to see what the judge says on March 28, 2018.
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