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Cementerio del Cristo (Cemetery of Christ)

The roundabout was invented to manage the flow of traffic, and is an important element of many urban landscapes. When building roundabouts, planners are faced with the question of how to fill the space in the middle. Often the centers are landscaped with grass and flowers, sometimes statues or sculptures. In one town in Spain, a roundabout has an unusual occupant—a cemetery.

The town of Villanueva de la Cañada is about 20 miles northwest of Madrid. In recent decades, its population has grown, and the town has undergone changes to accommodate more people. One of  those changes was the construction of a new roundabout encircling the Cementerio del Cristo (Cemetery of Christ).

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