Thursday, November 9, 2023
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
1680 Westview Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
Join us a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Westview Cemetery Abbey Mausoleum and Chapel, where you’ll have exclusive access to several rarely-open-to-the-public spaces located in the Abbey.
Tour one of the largest mausoleums in the world!
Westview Abbey’s construction started in 1943 and to this day is still unfinished. Its style is Spanish Baroque/Spanish Renaissance Plateresque (in the manner of silversmith), a style between Gothic and early Renaissance architectural periods. It was designed by California architect Clarence Lee Jay and mausoleum builder Cecil Eldridge Bryan. The two buildings that make up the “abbey” are the abbey mausoleum, which houses 11,444 crypt spaces and several columbaria, and an administration building. The two are connected via an arched bridge and underground tunnel. The complex at its longest and widest points is approximately a football field and a half in length by a football field across. In addition to crypts and columbarium spaces, the interior of the complex has more than 70 stained-glass windows, 35 different types of marble, original paintings by Hungarian painter Bartholomew Mako, and a Spanish Gothic-style chapel replete with a soaring fan-vault ceiling and walnut reredos.
The tour – rain or shine – will include a brief history on Westview Cemetery, established in 1884, and a slideshow of historic and contemporary photographs. A self-guided tour of the cemetery will be offered following a boxed lunch from local favorite, Henri’s.
Event ticket: $35 per person
Includes a boxed lunch from Henri’s