- 1 / 1513 Intriguing Cemeteries Around the GlobeCemeteries often give us the heebie-jeebies, but the truth is, they are also rich with history and full of beautiful architecture. In preparation for Halloween this year, we're exploring the world’s most striking (but still slightly creepy) cemeteries.
Click through the slideshow to appreciate these stunning graveyards; they just might take your breath away.
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- 2 / 151. Cementerio de la Recoleta, Buenos AiresLa Recoleta, one of the most visited cemeteries in Latin America, is occupied by some of the wealthiest (ex)-inhabitants of Buenos Aires, including Argentina’s beloved Eva Perón.
Spirits aren’t the only things that call this graveyard home—homeless cats have found shelter in the city’s cemetery and can often be seen roaming the grounds.
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- 3 / 152. Cimetière de Morne-À-l’Eau, GuadeloupeThis cemetery, located in the Guadeloupe Islands, dates back to the 1800s and is famous for its vibrancy and intricate tilework.
Every year on All Saints’ Day, Morne-à-l’Eau Cemetery is particularly lively. At dusk, the graves are covered with thousands of lit candles, and locals gather on the colorful grounds to celebrate the dead.
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- 4 / 153. Les Catacombes, ParisBeneath France’s most famous city lay the remains of about six million of its former inhabitants. Les Catacombes in Paris is a network of old caves and tunnels lined with bones of the dead, stretching hundreds of miles below the City of Lights.
If you ask us, this place couldn’t not be haunted.
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- 5 / 154. Okunoin Cemetery, Mount Koya, JapanIn a serene wooded area just south of Kyoto and Osaka lies Mount Koya, also known as the epicenter of the Shingon school of Buddhism. Here you will find Okunoin, Japan’s largest cemetery, home to more than 200,000 graves, most of them of Buddhist monks.
The remains of Kobo Daishi, a famous monk, are buried there, but the belief is that he is not dead—just in “eternal meditation.”
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- 6 / 155. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New OrleansSaint Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest of three Catholic cemeteries in New Orleans and the host of one of the most notorious tombs of all time: that of Marie Laveau, the infamous “Voodoo Queen.”
Many locals believe her spirit haunts the graveyard, so enter at your own risk.
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- 7 / 156. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los AngelesLeave it to Los Angeles to have one of the most celebrity-filled cemeteries in the world. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, located in the City of Angels, is the final home of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including John Huston, Mickey Rooney, Rudolph Valentino, and even Toto from The Wizard of Oz.
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- 8 / 157. Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GeorgiaSavannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery, located among moss-draped trees and antebellum plantations, was made famous by John Berendt’s 1994 book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, as well as the ensuing movie directed by Clint Eastwood.
The iconic cemetery is totally eerie—and oddly charming—in the way that only a Southern graveyard could be.
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- 9 / 158. Highgate Cemetery, LondonLondon’s Highgate Cemetery was inspired by Egyptian and Gothic architecture in the Victorian era. Perched on a hill above the city, the graveyard features tombs and vaults placed along paths that wind through the hillside. Some 850 notable people are buried here, including Karl Marx, the father of communism.
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- 10 / 159. Mount of Olives, JerusalemThe name of this cemetery, the Mount of Olives, comes from the olive trees that have grown for thousands of years on the slope of this hill, just outside Jerusalem’s city limits. In the Jewish tradition it is also known as the “Mount of Unction” because the oil made from its olive trees was used to anoint the king and the high priests.
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- 11 / 1510. Old Jewish Cemetery, PragueThe Old Jewish Cemetery lies in the Jewish Quarter in Prague. An estimated 12,000 tombstones are visible in the graveyard, with as many as 100,000 burials in total.
Unsurprisingly, it is believed that this cemetery is teeming with paranormal activity, with many visitors claiming to have witnessed apparitions moving among the closely compacted tombstones.
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- 12 / 1511. Cimitirul Vesel “Merry Cemetery,” Săpânța, RomaniaThe Merry Cemetery, an aptly named cemetery in the small village of Săpânța, Romania, aims to make light of the normally grim view of death. Its colorful gravestones are brief glimpses into the lives (and deaths) of the people they remember, often describing how the individual died with a humorous poem and detailed illustration.
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- 13 / 1512. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, ScotlandGreyfriars Kirkyard, a former monastery garden, is considered to be Scotland’s most haunted place. The spirit of “Bluidy” George Mackenzie, who was buried here in 1691, is said to haunt the cemetery grounds, causing bruising, bites, and cuts on those who come into contact with it.
You can take a guided ghost tour of the grounds, but be warned: Many visitors who take the tour have reported feeling strange sensations and have described sustaining injuries that they had no recollection of obtaining.
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- 14 / 1513. Catacombe dei Cappuccini, ItalyThe eerie Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo were constructed after the death a famous 16th century monk in Italy. Long limestone corridors underneath the Capuchin Church hold about 8,000 mummies, lying in open caskets or hung from hooks by their necks and feet.
This site tops our list for the creepiest—yet most fascinating—cemetery we’ve ever seen!
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