Archive in stone

Apart from many ordinary people from Amsterdam, a number of well-known Dutch people are buried at the Nieuwe Ooster (cemetery). They include the painter and photographer George Breitner and Major Bosshardt (Salvation Army). It is also the last resting place of actor and entertainer, Jos Brink. The Sinti/Roma graves stand out for their images of the deceased and their most important possessions. The cemetery is gaining an increasingly more international character with Chinese and Muslim graves among others.

 

Front and side view of the hall

Architecture

Many buildings at the Nieuwe Ooster are listed buildings. The majority, such as the service building to the left and the grave diggers’ houses to the right of the entrance, is the work of the city architect Adriaan Willem Weissman (1858-1923). The auditorium (1939) with its green copper roof was designed by the city architect Jan Leupen (1901-1985). The internationally acclaimed urn garden (2006) was laid by landscape architects Karres and Brands. Bureau BiermanHenket designed the extension to the Jan Leupen auditorium with the crematorium.

 

The office of the superintendent

National Museum

To the right behind the main gate is the Nederlands Uitvaart Museum Tot Zover (National funeral museum until here). Straddling the border between the busyness of the city and the quietness of the cemetery, Tot Zover shows the contemporary funeral rituals of the many cultures of the Netherlands and a history of burial and cremation.

 

This is the tomb of General van Heutsz. Photo: R. H. Herwig