As you enter the cemetery from the Berlin neighborhood of the same name (Weissensee) you feel as if you are pulling an old, tattered book out of your grandmother’s bookcase, blowing the dust off of it and opening up the yellowed pages with a creak of the binding.
Cemeteries tell a story, and the Weissensee Cemetery in Berlin is a giant historical war novel. However the story is not necessarily about what’s in the novel, it’s about what is missing from the novel. Weissensee is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world and is the resting place for 115,000 Jews who mostly died peacefully prior to the Holocaust.
The weeds and mold have grown around the gravestones camouflaging the inscriptions. Some gravestones are broken in two and lay on the the ground next to the base like a cracked egg. These graves were neglected for years since the fallen haven’t had family who are able to...
Take a walk through the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires to see some of the notable dead from Argentina. It contains the graves of Eva Perón, presidents of Argentina, Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy and a granddaughter of Napoleon.
The graves all tell a story and range from elaborate monuments to crumbling memories of a life gone by.
For further information, refer to this AfterLife blog: http://www.recoletacemetery.com/
It documents Recoleta Cemetery since 2007, almost 500 posts mix family histories with current events affecting the cemetery today. Plus - they have an iphone app and a pdf document/guide that you can use to walk through the cemetery and have the stories of the deceased at your fingertips.
Hours: Daily 8am to 6pm
The cemetery in the Testaccio neighborhood in Rome has many names; Campo Cestio, The Protestant Cemetery, The Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners, or the Cat Cemetery. It holds the grave of the poet John Keats, the famous pyramid of Rome, about 40 cats, and most importantly it holds the grave of Emelyn Story.
What’s that, you don’t know who Emelyn Story is? Well, neither do I. However, I know that Emelyn Story is eternally associated with the most beautiful, moving sculpture I’ve ever seen.
If you walk above the Alhambra, through the multitudes of parking lots, you will reach the old Granada Cemetery. I stumbled on this by accident and spent an hour wandering this massive space. This is the largest Cemetery I have seen and I was moved not only by the multitude of tombs but the enormous amount of flowers everywhere. These people seem very much remembered and honored in death. The Cemetery also has beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada and a small tranquil enclosed park with flowering almond trees, a reflective pool, and poetry engraved in the walls.
Mirogaj is the central cemetery of Zagreb. The mortuary, and the impressive arcades with the church of Christ the King made it one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. This is where Dr Franco Tudman, Croatia's first President was laid to rest.
At the 27-acre North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Tunisia rest 2,841 of our military dead, their headstones set in straight lines. This is United States land, surrounded by the town of Carthage on the outskirts of Tunis. The memorial wall holds names of 3,724 missing. The grounds are immaculately kept, beautifully landscaped, quiet and peaceful despite the city setting. The battles of north Africa during WWII are shown on mosaic wall maps which are works of art in themselves. When on the way to the tourist mecca of Sidi Bou Said for shopping and restaurants stop by and honor our heroes. You wouldn't be visiting if they hadn't made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Memorial Amphitheater is absolutely breathtaking. On the other side of that stage is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but wandering around we saw this amazing scene—very neoclassical, and a nice treat while walking through the cemetery.
One of the best things to see on any trip to Savannah is the one-of-a-kind Bonaventure Cemetery, located just outside the downtown area. Set on a cliff overlooking the Wilmington River, Bonaventure Cemetery played a large role in John Berendt's famed 1994 novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
The moody, Spanish moss-draped cemetery is definitely worth checking out if you're in Savannah.
I have visited cemeteries throughout the world and I find that you can get a real sense of family by stopping by the local cemetery. If people take care of their dead's final resting place, they most likely take care of the living.
We took a tour that included this old Jewish cemetery. I wondered how the headstones could be so close together, and now I know. They had limited space, so they buried people in layers & put all the headstones for the layers together on top.
If you're traveling in the Lake Atitlán region, consider a visit to the hillside cemetery in Sololá. The dead are honored here by being buried amid their favorite colors, and the vibrance and beauty of this place belies the fact that it is a cemetery. It is a visual delight of turquoise and cobalt blues, vivid orange hues and all varieties of green. Gorgeous flower arrangements decorating the tombs add further bursts of color. I felt honored and lucky to be there, admiring another facet of the colorful culture of Guatemala.
Chichicastenango and Xela (Quetzaltenango) are other options for colorful cemeteries in the region.
I didn't quite understand why anyone would want to visit a cemetery on their trip to Buenos Aires, but we were in Recoleta that afternoon and decided to wander in and see what all the fuss was about. Once I saw the amazing sculptures and beauty inside, I got a bit camera happy and started snapping as many pictures as possible. I was so wrapped up in the moment, it took me a little while to realize that I had lost my companions. It didn't bother me until I realized how enormous the grounds were, and that for a few moments I didn't see or hear anyone at all! I'll admit I was a little spooked. Luckily some other tourists came wandering through a few moments later and I got to snapping again. So caught up in my pictures yet again, I jumped about 10 feet in the air when my friends found and snuck up on me!
Visiting a foreign cemetery may seem strange, but Pere La Chaise cemetery was more like a park; gorgeous landscaping, rolling hills, interesting tombstones, and famous people were put to rest there. Look for Jim Morrison and many others.
You can easily spend 1 to 2 hours walking among the gravestones and imagining the lives these Parisians lived.
A truly unique travel experience that shouldn’t be missed in Paris.
As soon as I heard that a cemetery was one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Stockholm – I had to go visit. Really? A cemetery as a UNESCO World Heritage site – what in the world could make it so special?
As soon as I walked into the cemetery and past the Meditation Grove I realized right away why this cemetery was so special. The gravesites were situated among a forest of tall evergreens – a beautiful way to highlight life, death, and nature. It really was a different design then I’ve ever seen before. I felt as though I was hiking through a forest and had come across a cemetery – it was harmonious. This was the exact goal of Skogskyrkogården when it was created in the early 1900’s – to blend nature and architecture into a seamless whole.
I spent a couple of hours in the cemetery simply taking it all in, going inside chapels, sitting on benches, and enjoying the landscaping and...
The memorial overlooking the battlefield of Omaha Beach is moving. Rows and rows of perfectly placed white tombstones as far as you can see.
As part of the WWII sites, this is a hard place to stop, but an important one. The memorial includes a museum, movies, and remnants of the famous battle of Omaha Beach and surrounding areas.
The cemetery site covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. On the Walls of the Missing, in a semicircular garden on the east side of the memorial, are inscribed 1,557 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.
As I walked around looking at the gravestones, I couldn't help but shed a tear.
There are always two sides to war, when you are visiting the WWII sights in Normandy France, consider stopping by the Germany War Cemetery to see another view of the war.
I can’t help but think that the whole experience of visiting war sites like this one was intensified for me since I was there with friends from the countries involved in these battles. Visiting the German cemetery in particular was a strange feeling. The whole cemetery with it’s black stone crosses in groups of 5 felt dark and unsettling, yet respectful. It was even stranger to visit it with a German friends by my side. It was conflict between our countries that put these boys in their graves that we stared at now. Once enemies, now friends. It’s at these times when I feel how important it is to strive for peace and greater understanding in the world.
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During a motorbike tour, we came across a unique place in District 4 that I had never heard of before – Xóm Chiếu Church. The Spanish style church had body of a 100 year old female Saint that is on display. A bit gory – but interesting. They also had a cemetery inside the church. Apparently they had dug up an old outdoor cemetery when the land was going to be used for something else and they gave everyone mini caskets to store the ashes in and stacked them behind glass cubes. I had never seen anything like it!