RIP - Cemeteries of the World
Collected by Kristin Rust, AFAR Local Expert
There's something incredibly beautiful about a final place of rest. Wherever I travel in the world, I make a point to visit the local cemetery. Some are filled with moving sculptures and stunning mausoleums like the Recoleta, others dotted with colorful plastic flowers like in Mexico, many filled with simple headstones embedded in the earth. Regardless, each offering demonstrates someone's love and respect for the person who has left us, and an angel is there, whether in stone or spirit.
330 Bonaventure Rd, Thunderbolt, GA 31404, USA
If you're a lover of the South like I am, beautiful Savannah is not to be missed! Savannah offers everything that gives the South is distinct charm: Spanish moss-draped oak trees, beautiful antebellum mansions and historic buildings, delicious...
5201 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216, USA
The historic Riverside Cemetery sits just outside the downtown area and although it is now surrounded by railroad tracks and refineries, it is one of the most beautiful, and hidden, places in the entire city. Many of the state's most prominent...
Junín 1760, 1113 CABA, Argentina
La Recoleta Cemetery is one of the most visited cemeteries in Latin America, mainly because Evita Peron is buried there, among other notable figures. The cemetery is built around a convent and a church, Our Lady of Pilar (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora...
Široká, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia
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.
1000 Howard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Discover a history that can be felt and a little local flavor with one of the many tours available or explore it all on your own. The beauty of this cemetery is a reflection of it's location. Worn and unkempt, its air of mysterious romanticism can...
37800 Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico
This has to be the most colorful thing I've ever seen in a cemetery. In the town of Dolores Hidalgo in central Mexico, singer José Alfredo Jiménez (1926-1973), "El Rey," is memorialized by this sombrero-and-serape tomb. The names of some of his...
5000 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611, USA
Watching the sun set over San Francisco Bay from this hilltop is an unforgettable (and truly local) experience. Maybe going to graves is a little creepy, but the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland is more beautiful and historic than most places you...
Via Caio Cestio, 6, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
One of our family favorite activities on a Sunday afternoon in Rome is a wander in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Testaccio. We particularly love it in winter. I know, it is more picturesque and colorful in the spring and early summer, but even on...
1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
412 S Cherry St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
Spooky! Hollywood Cemetery is a haunted adventure worth seeing. The grounds are enormous, and at the end overlook the James River. Jefferson Davis, two U.S. Presidents, many Confederate generals are buried here. Although there are many legends...
Finglas Rd, Botanic, Dublin, D11 PA00, Ireland
Glasnevin is home to more than 1.5 million souls, including some of Ireland's most important historical figures. Champions of independence, freedom fighters, and national heroes are all buried here. The official tour is moving and informative, and...
Père-Lachaise, 75020 Paris, France
We don't know if Chopin, Molière, Colette, Jim Morrison, Édith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, and other famous denizens of Père Lachaise were disturbed by the keening sounds of Bruce Ackley's soprano saxophone on this cold January afternoon. But a security...
Okopowa 49/51, 01-043 Warszawa, Poland
Holocaust reminders are everywhere. The Poles anti-Semitism being renown, they now are on a mission to rehabilitate the country and preserve the sites associated with the Holocaust and the discrimination against the Jews as a reminder for those...
2 Chome-33 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan
Famed for being a faithful dog, Hachiko waited every day at Shibuya station for his master—even nine years after his master's passing. When Hachiko too passed, he had the honor of being buried with his master where they could be together forever....
Zámecká, 284 03 Kutná Hora, Czechia
Always wanted to visit a bone ossuary. Not really sure why, except they just seem so bizarre. Finally got to Sedlec at Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. It didn't disappoint in the bizarre factor. I was so fascinated by how carefully arranged the bones...
Victor Bravo Ahuja Nte, Santa Lucía del Camino, Oax., Mexico
Alajuela Province, Quesada, Costa Rica
Off the tourist track in Costa Rica is a brilliant cemetery in the San Carlos region. The local cemetery sits atop a hill like a floating church over this bustling regional town. I was doing volunteer work there and begged my guide to take me...
Calle 12, La Habana, Cuba
Everything in Cuba is worth looking at, and the Colon cemetery in the heart of Havana is no exception. Some heavy hitters are laid to rest here including baseball players, a chess champion, actors, soldier, presidents, and naturally, members of...
Foraging - Hvalfjörður, Iceland
Iceland is sparse, the say the least. The best way to see the country is through a leisurely road trip along the Ring Road. This way, when you see a white steeple in the middle of nowhere, you can take a random left turn down a dirt road, lose a...
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
My mom lives near Todos Santos and when I visit, I like to stroll through stores that sell pinatas, eat fish and beans, and stop by the town cemetery. The cemetery looks like an ice cream shop display with bright colors lined up next to each...
Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Explore St. Peter’s Monastery as a spot where once the old monks used to walk. Step into history and feel like you’re being transferred into the oldest community of monks on German-speaking soil. Do not miss taking a closer look at St. Peter’s...
1725 St Roch Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
On a recent visit to New Orleans, Thomas my Taxi Tour Guide insisted that we visit the St. Roch Cemetery to see the statue of little girl who turned to stone. I thought this was unusual to bury a little girl in front a sundial, a cross of Jesus...
408 AZ-80, Tombstone, AZ 85638, USA
Wander around the Boothill Graveyard and you will see famous Westerners wherever you turn. The tombstones are really interesting to read, some of the nicknames will have you rolling! It will also illustrate just how dangerous the wild, wild west...
4400 W Kenyon Ave, Denver, CO 80236, USA
I try to go to the National Cemetery each Memorial Day. Local boy scout troupes spend hours placing small American flags by each grave stone, thousands of them. People flock here this day to pay their respects to soldiers who have played a role in...
29100 Douarnenez, France
Along the waterfront in the fishing town of Douarnenez in the Brittany region of France you will find an amazing boat cemetery. It is a fun spot for photography and you can sit at a cafe across the street and make up stories how each of these...
The Evergreen Cemetery in East LA is the oldest and one of the most grand in the city. Some of the city's most notable names are buried here, including pioneers and politicians. And while segregated, the grounds do represent the melting pot that...
Rua Real Grandeza - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22281-033, Brazil
Christ the Redeemer watches over the million souls laid to rest in the massive Cemiterio Sao Joao Batista in Rio. Its scale can only be measured by the endless tons of white marble and gray granite carved into angels and commissioned pieces of art...
Sockenvägen, 122 33 Stockholm, Sweden
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...
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