Top 10 Impressive Cemeteries Around the World

This might seem like a dark topic, however there is quite a few cemeteries in the world, that work as attractions as well. Some of them are a resting place of famous people, some have really unusual memorials and others simply provide a surprisingly nice and tranquil walk. Unbelievable but true. Check out this list and share your impressions with us.

10. The Merry Cemetery, Maramures, Romania

This is one of the most unusual cemeteries around. It is known for the colorful tombstones with paintings on them. It looks like a cartoon version of a cemetery. Actually those pictures recreate scenes from people’s, who are buried there, lives.

Why to go there?

The cemetery has already become a national tourist attraction, providing an insight to the Romanian culture and traditions.

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9. The Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, The Czech Republic

Over 12 000 tombstones protrude from the ground in this old cemetery, that dates back to the 15th century. Prague’s rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel is buried here, with a majestic lion on his tomb. The rabbi is known for creating the Golem of clay, which was supposed to protect Prague’s Jewish community.

Why to go there?

A very old, authentic and historic place to visit in the capital. It feels as time travel, since there is no trace of modern urban technologies and tranquility ensures peace of the dead.

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8. La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

One of the most famous cemeteries in Latin America. It features graves of such notorious and famous people like Eva Perón, presidents of the country, Nobel Prize winners, Admiral William Brown – the founder of the Argentine Navy – and a granddaughter of Napoleon. It also features very impressive tombs, mausoleums, statues and memorials.

Why to go there?

The site features an impressive number of 4691 graves. Also one can explore a variety of architectural styles here – from Art Deco, Art Nouveau to Baroque and Neo-Gothic.

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7. Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico

There is a special bond between the living and the dead in Mexico. Population indeed experiences brutality and terrifying numbers of murder every day. In Xoxocotlan one can discover the deep rooted traditions of mourning: visitors will see thousands of flowers, candles and people remembering the dead sometimes even with the guitars and songs.

When to go there?

Day of the Dead on October 31 is the most impressive, allowing to participate in what almost seems like a carnival.

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6. Aoyama Cemetery, Tokyo, Japan

The most popular cemetery in the capital is famous for its cherry blossom trees. Every year in spring it attracts thousands of visitors, who can enjoy a nice walk and admire beautiful sakuras. Various notable people rest here: from samurais, statesmen, politicians, generals to journalists, writers and artists.

When to go there?

During hanami – the time between the end of March and early May when various plants including cherry blossom trees are blooming in their fullest.

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5. Père-Lachaise, Paris, France

Probably the most famous cemetery in the world. Established in 1804 it provides the eternal rest for the philosophers, writers, musicians, politicians and others, including Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Gioachino Rossini, Georges Bizet, Jean-François Lyotard, Marie Trintignant, Amedeo Modigliani and many more.

Why to go there?

Light a candle and put some flowers for the person you admire. Also one can explore historic monuments, as there is a variety of styles, spanning three centuries.

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4. Mount Auburn, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Founded in 1831 the cemetery looks very enigmatic and cinematographic. A lot of authors, scientists, statesmen and artists are resting in peace here under old oak as well as maple trees. Bigelow Chapel built in the 1840s, adds up to the distinct character of the place. Mount Auburn has even inspired the park system in the USA.

When to go there?

Anytime, although autumn here is famous for the colorful foliage, which alone attracts visitors to admire the mesmerizing views.

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3. Magnificent Seven, London, UK

There are seven huge burial sites established in the 19th century. A lot of notable people rest here, while the living find a semi-public park and a Local Nature Reserve. Besides the classic Christian Gothic style one can find traits of Egyptian Revival, popular in the 19th century.

Why to go there?

Explore the sumptuous historic architecture, evident in the mausoleums, statues, chapels and graves. Also lush greenery and paths provide a meditative walk.

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2. Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NYC, USA

Opened in 1838, the cemetery indeed carries a holy aura about it. Many notable people rest here, meanwhile the living can come and stroll along the park-like area. Gothic Revival gates, beautiful plants, statues recreating Biblical scenes and glacial ponds create a calming effect on whoever comes here.

Why to go there?

A unique gem, overlooking the tall New York’s skyline, provides a unique opportunity to find some authentic history in this futuristic city.

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1. Waverley Cemetery, Sydney, Australia

Established on the Bronte cliffs and overlooking the ocean, Waverley provides some truly amazing views. It has even featured in Hollywood movie “The Grate Gatsby”. Since its opening in 1877, some of the most famous people have been buried here.

Why to go there?

Besides the great views to the ocean, visitors can also explore some fine examples of stonemasonry of the 19th-20th centuries.

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