Ixelles/Elsene Cemetery

The municipality of Ixelles developed the cemetery at Chaussée de Boondael/Boondaalse Steenweg in 1877. Edmond Le Graive and Louis Coenraets set up a design radiating out from a roundabout planted with cypress trees. A grand tree-lined avenue recalling the ancient Via Appia runs from the imposing entrance. Further on, a second roundabout is positioned before the lawn of honour. Along the pathways, in the shade of the cordate leaves of alder trees, Pacific red cedar, weeping ash or the impressive foliage of horse chestnuts, there are the mausoleums and tombs of notable figures and artists from the municipality. The Van Steenkiste family vault is distinguished by its stone, imitation rock sarcophagus, a feature also chosen by the Van Adenhove and Van Schouteden families as well as by General Baron Eugène van Rode, attracted by this allusion to timeless nature. The tomb of Constantin Meunier, in turn, resembles a roughly square block of stones. Finally, a graceful garland of ivy, an evergreen plant often used to symbolise immortality, decorates the tomb of Armand Huysmans, who was alderman and mayor of Ixelles between 1929 and 1935. (Listed 15/09/2016)

Practical information

  • chaussée de Boondael 478
    1050 Brussels
    • Saturday and Sunday from 08h00 to 18h00
    • B
      Cimetière d’Ixelles/Begraafplaats van Elsene