The Central Cemetery of Barrio Sur, Montevideo is one of the main cemeteries in Uruguay. It also ranks amongst the most popular in the country, given the fact that most famous Uruguayan people are buried here.
It is located in the southern area of the city and it was founded in 1835. The entrance, designed and built up after the Uruguayan Civil War (1839-1852), is the work of the Italian sculptor Bernardo Poncini.
The cemetery was originally placed far away from the city, mainly because of the persisting risk of an epidemic. However, with the fast development and growth of Montevideo throughout the 20th century, the Central Cemetery is now surrounded by the metropoli.
This place became quite popular after 1858. It was one of the first cemeteries in the country in a time where burials were still carried out by the Catholic Church. Some works and statues made by José Belloni and Juan Zorrilla de San Martín can be found in this cemetery.