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In the cemetery at the Allori of Via Senese in Florence are buried the most varied foreign personalities who, from 1800 onwards, had chosen Florence as the City of their cultural and economic life. The Cemetery is part of ASCE and is well protected by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. The Cemetery is, by vocation, multicultural, multinational and multireligious. It is nominally owned by the Revised Swiss Evangelical Church of Florence, although at the time of its birth the other Protestant churches of Florence participated economically in the purchase and took part in the constitution.
For this reason, there are six Evangelical Churches within the Committee that currently manages the Cemetary (Anglican Church, Baptist, Brothers, Lutheran, Valdese, and Reformed Evangelical).
The Cemetary was founded in 1878 after the English Cemetery was closed due to a new provision on the distance of a cemetery from the city. In fact, the English Cemetery, born outside the walls of the door called Porta à Pinti, was later found inside the city after the arch. Poggi restored it for the move of the capital of the Kingdom of Italy to Florence in 1861.
There are about fifty different nationalities including Australians, New Zealanders, Japanese and Eritreans, and some thirty confessions including, in addition to Catholics and naturally Evangelicals, Muslims and Jews; this is a significant cultural and religious openness, even as a response to an act of discrimination: in 1800 non-Catholics were not accepted in the cemeteries of the city. Today, the Graveyard at The Allori welcomes believers of every religious confession together with non-believers.
Among them is ORIANA FALLACI, a famous writer and reporter; the Swiss painter ARNOLD BOECKLIN, author of the painting the Isle of the Dead; HAROLD ACTON, BRITISH TRADER; THE FAMILY OF PATRIOTA UNGHERESE KOSSUTH; LEONARDO SALAVIOLI, ARCHITETTO ITALIANO; FREDERIK STIBBERT, COLLEGEER OF BRITISH ART; HINKLER, AUSTRALIAN PILOT; ROBERTO LONGHI, HISTORICAL OF ART.
Various cultural events have been held in the last years in order to enhance the Cemetary and give to this place a culturally vitality, considering the buried personalities and the artistic and architectural beauty of the place. A successful initiative was the presentation of the book "In Loving Memory" by prof. Grazia Gobbi Sica, professor of the Florentine University at the Faculty of Architecture and New York University Villa La Pietra, editor Olschky, promoted by the president of the Cultural Circle Piero Gobetti prof. Adalberto Scarlino.