Graveyards are fun to visit if you have a strong heart and enough water to keep dehydrating yourself. The following are the best of the best.
1. La Recoleta Cemetery
This cemetery is in Argentina and is the resting place of many famous personalities, politicians and poets. It is designed beautifully and consists of several alleyways that are scattered with ‘houses’, mostly meant for families. The sculptures are stunning, albeit slightly eerie and the ghostly element comes to life when a well-fed black cat scurries past you and you are all alone
2. Saint Louis Cemetery
The Saint Louis Cemetery encompasses three graveyards in Louisiana. All of them are placed above the ground but the first one is slightly above the rest and is the one to visit if you are interested. It is mostly in ruins which is what makes it so creepy.
3. Forest Lawn Memorial Parks
This graveyard is the resting place of famous deceased celebrities and will be found in Los Angeles, California. Sculptures created by famous painters and replicas of artwork can be found here. The creators of this graveyard obviously went a little far with the design as it looks like an unusual theme park- the theme here being death.
4. Green-Wood Cemetery
This cemetery extends over 478 acres of land and is a well-known tourist attraction in Brooklyn, New York. The tombs are beautiful in a way and the decorations are elaborate and carefully sculpted. It also features war memorials and was initially constructed only for those people that did something worthwhile when they were alive and kicking.
5. Old Jewish Cemetery
This is definitely the oldest graveyard that should be visited in Josefov, Chzech Republic as it was constructed in 1439. Therefore, it is not surprising that the headstones are placed at odd angles and are extremely worn out. The headstones are kept away from the walkway with the help of a thick rope. While most Hitler destroyed every Jewish cemetery he could lay his hands on, he left this one as it was because he said that he wanted to build a museum in its place once he conquered the world.
This graveyard stretches across 2.4 square kilometers and is the second largest in all of Europe. It is the resting place of 3.3 million people which includes Ludiwg Van Beethoven, Antonio Salieri, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms.
7. Merry Cemetery
The overall feel of this cemetery in Săpânţa, Romania is disturbingly cheerful. The markers are made of wood and are brightly painted. These are covered with paintings of the deceased but are not weather proofed because the paint should fade along with the memories of the departed.
8. Protestant Cemetery
This graveyard in Rome, Italy was built only for those protestants who died around or in Rome. It features a pyramid which marks the resting place of Gaius Cestius Epulo. The graveyard’s most famous residents are Percy Shelley and John Keats.
9. Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
Located in Paris, France, this graveyard is definitely the most famous in the world. Its history is quite interesting. When it was constructed in 1804, family members did not want to bury their deceased relative here because it held no appeal. People like Jim Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde, Frederic Chopin and many more are buried here.
10. Highgate Cemetery
The Highgate Cemetery is in London, UK and is a must-visit merely because it is simple and basic. The monuments and gravestones are surrounded by beautiful flowers, plants and trees.