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10 Fascinating Graveyards You Must See

While still considered a strange destination on holiday, a growing number of people are seeking out cemeteries to visit. There is an inherent fascination in cemeteries that should be embraced. Whether you are interested in the architecture or artwork of the tombs, the history of the area, or simply seeking out the final resting place of a favorite personality, cemeteries are a worthwhile destination. Below I list a by-no-means definitive list of some of the most famous cemeteries in the world. The list is in no order, and the selections are based on what I am most familiar with personally. Please feel free to suggest further destinations in the comments. Note: in the interest of brevity, I have stuck strictly to cemeteries, omitting other places people may be laid to rest.


La Recoleta Cemetery
Buenos Aires, Argentina


Always topping lists of places to visit in Buenos Aires, the Cementerio de la Recoleta is a fascinating glimpse into Argentine history. The most famous tomb is undoubtedly that of Eve Peron’s, but there are many more Argentinean politicians, poets and personalities. The cemetery is designed much like a city, with wide avenues branching off into alleyways, all lined with “houses” for individuals and families. Many are exceptionally well maintained, but there are many more that no longer have family members to maintain them and have thus fallen into disrepair. There are stories of crypts being used as maintenance closets, with cleaning supplies stored on top of coffins. Among the tombs that have been maintained, you will find many sculptures that have been declared national historic monuments, as well as a myriad of styles, from Egyptian to Gothic to Art Deco. Another interesting note: among Argentina’s rich and famous deceased, you may also find a colony of feral cats that have made Cementerio de la Recoleta their home, and who are often fed by the locals.


Saint Louis Cemetery
New Orleans, Louisiana

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This is actually three cemeteries. Each is worth visiting, though Saint Louis Cemetery #1 is, in my opinion, the most interesting, and the one I will be referring to. The tombs in Saint Louis are above ground, and the stone buildings are actually concealing bodies only a few feet away from the visitor. The reason for this is supposedly because the ground water level in New Orleans is impractical for burials, though there is some dispute of this. Saint Louis #1 is more than a little run down, and a tour guide is strongly recommended. Voodoo is alive and well in New Orleans and the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie LaVeau is supposedly located in the Glapion family crypt in Louis #1. When I visited, graffiti made this particular tomb hard to miss, but that was a few years ago, and I can’t vouch for what it looks like now. As an aside, when I visited I did not go with a tour. Aimless wandering through the one square block cemetery found many tombs that had been broken into, and more than a few remains scattered. This cemetery is not for the fainthearted.


Forest Lawn Memorial Parks
Glendale & Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California


Also: Hollywood Forever (Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.) Three places for the price of one! First, Forest Lawn: A unique entry… The creators of these parks wanted to approach the creation of a final resting place with a sunnier outlook. The result is practically a theme park for death. Traditional headstones are ditched in favor of markers set into the ground, and replicas of artwork –paintings and statuary- and famous buildings from all over the world, abound. If, for instance, you want to see the complete collection of Michelangelo’s sculptures but can’t afford to bounce around Europe, look no further. This cemetery contains the only complete collection in the world that is made from casts of the originals and marble from the same quarry Michelangelo used. Between Glendale and Hollywood Hills you can find the final resting place of what may seem like most of Hollywood (and you’ll find the rest at Hollywood Forever). Curiously, some of the graves are in a restricted section, among them Hollywood elite such as Humphrey Bogart, Nat King Cole and Mary Pickford, but most are available to the public. Some of the more visited markers are those of Walt Disney, L. Frank Baum, Errol Flynn, James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Tex Avery, Scatman Crothers, Bette Davis, Marty Feldman, Buster Keaton, Fritz Lang, Liberace, Telly Savales (buried with a lollipop!), and many, many more. Hollywood Forever is located nearby, adjacent to the north wall of Paramount studios. It is less popular because it spent the latter part of the 20th century being run down and financially mismanaged. It was purchased by its current owners in 1998 and refurbished. Movies are screened there in the summertime, drawing hundreds of visitors. Famous occupants include Mel Blanc, Cecille B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., George Harrison, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone, Rudolph Valentino, and my all time favorite actor, Peter Lorre.


Green-Wood Cemetery
Brooklyn, New York

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Boasting 600,000 graves spread out over 478 acres, this site is a popular tourist attraction for those visiting New York City. Like Père-Lachaise, there was a campaign to promote the cemetery involving moving famous bodies there and donating monuments. Unlike Père-Lachaise, the plan didn’t really work, and from the time it was opened in 1838 until the building of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 made it easier to get there, the cemetery did not get that many permanent residents. Those that did come to stay had plenty of room to do so, however. There are hundreds of ornate tombs for famous and non-famous residents alike, but the site still seems wide open. Most New Yorkers who made their name in the second half of the 19th century (a prolific chunk of time for famous New Yorkers) can be found here. There are also war memorials and monuments, including an Obelisk that serves as a grave marker for 103 of the nearly 300 victims of the Brooklyn Theater Fire.


Old Jewish Cemetery
Josefov, Prague, Chzech Republic


Easily the oldest cemetery on this list, with the earliest discernable headstone dating back to 1439, the Old Jewish Cemetery operated until 1787, which means it closed before most of the entries on this list had opened. The headstones bear this out, jumbled at strange angles and deeply weatherworn. Ropes divide the walkway from the headstones, and tickets can be bought to see the cemetery individually or in addition to visiting the surrounding synagogues. Interestingly, while many Jewish cemeteries were destroyed during the holocaust, Hitler specifically requested this one remain intact, as he apparently intended to build a museum here after his assumed victory.


Simmering, Vienna, Austria

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At 2.4 square kilometers, it is the second largest cemetery (after Hamburg) in Europe. It also, at 3.3 million occupants, is the largest in Europe by number interred. Conveniently, the most famous occupants of Zentralfriedhof are located in a section called the Ehrengräber. Just as Vienna is the capital of classical music, so the Ehrengräber is the home of many classical musicians and composers, many of whom where moved from other cemeteries (to complete the collection, so to speak). Here you will find Ludiwg Van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Antonio Salieri, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss (I&II), and, interestingly, Falco (of Der Kommissar fame).


Merry Cemetery
S?pân?a, Maramure? county, Romania

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A strangely joyous cemetery, Merry Cemetery contains hundreds of wooden markers brightly painted with scenes from the lives (and sometimes the demise) of the deceased, as well as poems about their lives. There is little or no weather proofing on the markers, so that the paint fades with the memories of the dearly departed. You can find many pictures of markers here, with translations of some of the inscriptions.


Protestant Cemetery
Near Porta San Paolo, Rome, Italy


Also known as the Englishman’s cemetery and the Non-Catholic Cemetery, the latter moniker applies the best. This was the place to bury those who died in and around Rome but who where not Catholic. The most recognizable feature of the cemetery is probably the Pyramid of Cestius, a small scale Egyptian style pyramid built around 18 to 12 B.C. that is the tomb of a Gaius Cestius Epulo, making it the oldest tomb in the cemetery by over a century and a half. It was incorporated into the city fortification known as the Aurelian Walls, which were, in turn, later used as a partial border to the cemetery. The first modern burials date from the mid 1700’s. Its most famous residents include the poets John Keats and Percy Shelley, making it a pilgrimage site for fans of Romantic poetry. An interesting story surrounds the burial of Percy Shelley. Though he was cremated on the beach near where he drowned, his ashes (minus his heart, which would be buried with Mary Shelley years later) where to be interred here. The body of his son, William Shelley, also buried in the Protestant Cemetery, was exhumed to join his father. Unfortunately, the body exhumed was that of a 5 1/2 foot man, not the body of a three year old boy. In the end, William Shelley’s body was never found, and Percy Shelley was buried without him.


Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
Paris, France

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Located east of Paris’ city center, Père-Lachaise has become arguably the most famous cemetery in the world, boasting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. It was not always this popular, though. When it was first opened in 1804, no one wanted to be buried there because it had no history. In a campaign to promote the cemetery, famous bodies where actually moved to Père-Lachaise, among them Molière and the famed lovers, Heloise and Abelard. This unusual attention grabber worked, and Père-Lachaise became the place to go when you were done going places. There are so many famous buried in Père-Lachaise, it could make up its own list. Off the top of my head: Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan, Camille Pissarro, Édith Piaf, Marcel Marceau, Ticky Holgado, Max Ernst, Colette, Frederic Chopin, Sarah Bernhardt, and Honore de Balzac. If you won’t be finding yourself with a spare day in Paris in the near future, there is an excellent virtual tour found here.


Highgate Cemetery
Highgate, London, U.K.

The amazing thing about Highgate cemetery is its setting. Unusually, it is located in a fairly wooded area, so that the complex monuments and simple gravestones alike are surrounded by trees, ferns and wildflowers. While the Friends of Highgate Cemetery who took over maintenance of the decaying site in the late seventies-early eighties have done much to improve conditions, the grounds, particularly in the west cemetery (available by tour only) are still rough terrain in some places, the vegetation constantly threatening to swallow the place whole. The most famous of its monuments is by far the tomb of Karl Marx, but various other Victorian celebrities boast fascinating monuments here.

Contributor: flibbertigibbet

  • gunn

    scary list

  • Cris

    they’re amazing.

  • danthepaly

    why would i want to visit a graveyard

  • hilmi muzzy

    first death metal and now graveyards ? whats next ? top 10 ways to commit suicide ? wait i think that has been published already..

  • Sch or sch

    I´ve been to Number 6 back in 1982 when we went to Prague with school. A fascinating place.
    I have been to Paris several times.I never visited Cimetière du Père-Lachaise but Cimetière de Montparnasse twice. It definitely deserves a place on this (excellent), too. But there´s so many graveyards around the world…
    How about “boot hill” for noteable omission? :-)

  • oouchan

    I have visited Saint Louis Cemetery and it was absolutely the most awesome place. I was in New Orleans visiting family and we ended up visiting this graveyard on the way to visiting another where my grandfather was buried. While we were at this cemetery we saw an actual funeral procession. They were celebrating as if it was a party rather than a funeral. There was a band playing and those attending were dressed in black, but the accessories were very brightly colored. If I had to go, that would be the way.

    I have driven past the Green-Wood Cemetery and Forest Lawn Memorial Parks as well, but wish now that I went inside.

    Excellent list!

  • maya

    yeeeyyyyy!!! finally found something from my country, Romania, around here :P
    love the site, love the lists, I read them every morning :D
    great job JFrater!

  • JH Hayden

    The best ones are the small, private ones you sometimes stumble across in the woods… very cool and just a bit creepier! Just be decent and don’t litter them with beer bottles and condoms like our locals do…

  • lo

    i LOVE old cemeteries with above ground headstones/tombs, i guess my goth tendencies are showing! but really, they are like memorial parks, lovely open spaces dedicated to those that came before (goth tendencies still showing? y’all tell me) ;)

    and back when i was in france in 1998 (the only time i was there), i demanded that the family vacation include a visit to Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, so i could take photos (pre-digital) of some important graves. i got to go, but my father and i had a fight while there which still lives on in our family legend. it was our first moment overseas as a family, my mom and sis had retired to the hotel with jet-lag while i dragged my dad to the cemetery, by way of the metro, it all unwound from there -oh yeah, neither my father nor i speak french, the closest we get is a bit of medical/botanical latin between us. yeah, it was a very bad day.

    i long to go back there again. i’m also a big fan of finding tiny, old graveyards here in the states, with their big trees and weathered headstones, i just love them.

  • icarusfoundyou

    I’m with hilmi muzzy on this one, things are getting a bid morbid around here…

  • JFrater

    I have to say – it was a real thrill to post this list – I love death related lists (as you may all know) and this was right up my alley! A bit quirky and a bit spooky.

  • maximuz04

    #3 I would have to agree. I love traveling more than anything in the world. However to see cemeteries is not something I enjoy. Ive been to the temple of death in mexico city and it was not a good experience (not bad, just boring).

    Every night I cross my fingers hoping the list I submitted might be someday released :). But nonetheless I love the travel ones (minus this one)

  • Cory

    As a paranormal investigator, this list is one of my fave’s.

  • sander

    I have been to the number 2 and number 4. The Merry Cemetery in Romania is certainly one of the strangest and it gives one a cheery feeling. Somehow these people have made their peace with their ultimate fate. It is a bit of a journey, but well worth it.

  • ^night_viper^

    amazing. :D
    Worth to consider though is The Neptune Memorial Reef off the coast of Miami Beach- an underwater cemetery. Ive read it somewhere. :)

  • Nelia

    My first though when I saw the title was of the Jewish cemetery in Prague, glad to see it made the list. Really interesting place, in addition to the 6 synagogues in the Jewish quarter.

  • ringtailroxy

    for those of us who don’t believe in an afterlife, cemeteries are amazingly historical curiosities…
    I love cemeteries! and I’m about as ‘goth’ as Rainbow Bright. I enjoy making charcoal rubbings of gravestones, and the artistry, love, and compassion given to loved ones’ final resting places is a source of comfort and quiet reverence form me. just about the only place I am respectfully quiet is a cemetery.

    I must go see #1 in my lifetime


  • Michele

    Great list! Surprised, though, that you didn’t include Arlington National Cemetery … astronauts, presidents, Robt. E. Lee’s home, etc. not to mention the beauty of the setting with its acres of identical headstones, and so much history. Perhaps in another list.

    BTW @oouchan, you were fortunate enough to see a classic New Orleans “Jazz funeral.” I agree, it’s the way to go!

  • miki

    hi! thank you for adding the Sapanta graveyard to your list. i’m from Romania and i can tell you that if you come here you muse see it. it’s really spectacular. :)

  • Dgirl

    I’ve seen the New Orleans cemetery. It was very impressive, even from a distance. Unfortunately, I couldn’t visit because I was on a tight (school)schedule. Still pretty cool, though.

    I’d love to visit the Old Jewish cemetery in Prague one day!

  • Nicosia

    I LOVE THIS LIST!!!! My grandmother was a genealogist/historian, and as a child I spent a LOT of time in graveyards with her. She taught me how to do rubbings on the stones with my crayons and paper. Brought back some happy memories :) If you guys like graveyards, you might like this website: The girl who runs it is really knowledgeable. There’s pictures of graveyards, information about gravestone symbols, and even abandoned buildings.

  • Crimanon

    Crap. I’m all bummed out now. Not because it’s a morbid (I like morbid) list, but because I didn’t find it more amusing.

    How could you not mention Easy Rider in #9? For shame!

  • Nicosia

    How could you not mention Easy Rider in #9? For shame!

    Is it just me, or was Peter Fonda totally hot when he was younger?

  • Mrs Polidori

    I think St. Pancras Old Churchyard should be on the list.

  • Question!

    I am dying to go to these places!

  • Mrs Polidori

    That is not even funny.

  • zigra

    Great list! I’ve been to #10, plus some beautiful others not listed. I live right by an old cemetery and walk in it every day.

    @Nicosia: It’s not just you – Peter Fonda was indeed very hot :)

  • Crimanon

    Nicosia: He’s not my thing *dude* but sure, I can give you that. His voice has taken a big hit though, He sounds like a “Typical” hippie. Ruins the old image.

    I want his leathers too.

  • MT

    Oakland Cemetery is a fascinating cemetary to visit when in Atlanta. I recommend bypassing the tour and exploring on your own. There are many tombs and crypts that are open and you can actually walk in them (if you are not squemish). Here is the official blurb:

    Less than a mile from the heart of downtown Atlanta, a hidden treasure, a secret sanctuary, welcomes you. This garden cemetery, founded in 1850, is the final resting place of many of Atlanta’s settlers, builders, and most noted citizens like Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell, and Maynard Jackson. It is also a showplace of sculpture and architecture, and a botanical preserve with ancient oaks and magnolias. From a hilltop in Oakland Cemetery, General John B. Hood watched the Battle of Atlanta, and nearby lie soldiers from both sides who died in it. From that point you will have one of the best views of Atlanta’s growing skyline, and you will begin to understand the people who came together to make Atlanta what it is today.

  • Nicosia

    MT- That sounds awesome!

  • danmoo

    how do you leave out Arlington National Cemetery

  • Mrs Polidori

    I just wish John Polidori had a PROPER grave to visit.

  • Nicosia

    “It’s not just you – Peter Fonda was indeed very hot”
    Off topic, I know, but… (sigh) Blue eyes are my weakness!

  • flibbertigibbet

    Yay! I submit a list and it’s fairly well received! Huge ego boost. When I thought of this list, I was sure it was already on this site in some form, the macabre lists where what drew me to listverse in the first place. Now I know better, I have a lot more ideas.

    22. Crimanon: Sorry about Easy Rider. I saw it years after I visited, and I remember thinking “That would be the worst place to drop acid.” In the end, I was too creeped out by my own memories of it to remember Peter Fonda. My apologies.

  • JwJwBean

    I want to go and see them all. We have a cute little cemetary here in Colorado. Up in the foothills of our mountains is a town called Central City. At the top of the city there is a quiant, old cemetary. My friend used to do charcoal rubbings of the headstones.

  • Nicosia

    “That would be the worst place to drop acid.”
    Especially with the open crypts! Creepy!

  • Nicosia

    31. I have never been there, but aren’t all the markers in Arlington exactly alike?

  • Crimanon

    flibbertigibbit: That scene is probably the only reason why I’d go, just novelty really. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have even thought of it.

    I’m really just a short drive from Oakwood cemetery (NC), and at night it can get Really weird. I can keep all of my creepiness in state.

  • Crimanon

    Nicosia(37): That adds to the creepy solemn vibe that it has.

  • flibbertigibbet

    Arlington was #11. In the end, I left it out because of the uniformity of the headstones. I appreciate the history, but I’m not sure you go there because you like cemeteries.

  • S. Davis

    Incomplete list.

    Arlington and/or the Normandy American cemetery are must sees. Captivatingly beautiful in the simple uniformity of far too numerous headstones.

    What price Freedom?

  • LilyBily

    I’ll make sure to visit #1 soon, it looks frightengly beautiful. Great list!

  • RandomPrecision

    Yeah, I agree that Arlington should be on here. There is nothing quite as sobering as the thousands of white gravestones lined up uniformly. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Kennedy’s Eternal Flame, the Challenger Memorial are all signts every person should see.

  • billyshears

    it’s Telly Savalas not Telly Savales :)

  • archangel

    Awesome list! I used to visit cemeteries all the time (solemnly partied there with my deceased relatives at night) on the eve of November 1. It was how All Souls/Saints Day was celebrated in my culture. Kinda creepy huh?

    I love the Jewish cemetery with all its randomly bent tombstones. With the tombs above ground, that’s common where I came from. You’d literally be a feet away from your ancestors! And often, families had their own “houses/crypts?”

    Awesome list J!

  • WisconsinDeathTrip

    “What price Freedom?”

    On sale for $1.98 at Walmart.

  • Both of my parents are buried in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. big whoop.
    I have always loved old, neglected, cemeteries. As a photographer, they fascinate me with juxtapositions of the dead hardness of stone, the living softness of flowering weeds overgrowing them; the styles of the stones as they change over the years from one end of the cemetery to the other; the sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes poignant comments carved into the stones.
    My camera can’t get enough.

    Now, an important cemetery you missed. The Guanajuato cemetery in a city of the same name northwest of Mexico City, near Léon.
    The cemetery opened in 1896 and, by law, required relatives to pay a grave tax. You could pay a one time, very high, fee which only the wealthy could afford, or pay a yearly fee, a small yearly fee which appealed to the working class.
    One problem, if the yearly fee wasn’t paid for 3 years in a row, the body was dug up, now mummified in the sereing Mexican desert heat, and put on display in a cave adjacent to the cemetery, El museo de las momias.
    In 1958 the law was changed, and the fee system discontinued. As far as I know, however, the mummies are still on display.

  • Nicosia

    Wow, segue! That place sounds crazy! Call me grim, but mummies are fascinating.

  • Nicosia

    (sorry- double post!) segue- are your pictures online? I’m sure we’d all love to see them :)

  • Chris

    #41 S. Davis-I agree completely. Even forgetting just one of those for this list is awful, but the fact that both are omitted means that this list is not nearly complete.

  • nicole

    Hey the graveyard in Punta Arenas Chile is incredible! I have some amazing pics I could send if anyone has any interest…They have huge mausoleums and the whole place is lined with huge alice in wonderland like cypress trees and bushes…Its amazing!

  • Baxter

    Very interesting list… I definitely recommend Pere Lachaise, I went there two years ago and was amazed. You can’t walk 5 metres without coming across a famous corpse. The year before that our apartment actually overlooked la Cimitiere Montmartre.
    A couple of honourable mentions – Tyne Cot in Belgium, at the site of the battle of Passchendaele. 11,000 dead and 35,000 names on the memorial wall (including my great-great-great-uncle). Another interesting one is the Necropolis in Glasgow, which is rumoured to be a shrine to Masonic practices and which overlooks the Tennants brewery.

  • janus

    graveyards and golf courses are the largest wastes of land area in the world

  • Becca

    Mwaha, awesome, I love going graveyard touring. Went to New Orleans just for that.
    But I like the really old, random ones you find in the middle of the woods by tripping over a covered stone. That happens a surprising amount…

  • Mabel

    I love cemeteries. They are very peaceful.

    There’s an interesting ghost/vampire story about Highgate in London.

    Great list, flibbertigibbit! :D

  • 49. Nicosia: segue- are your pictures online?
    Sorry, Nicosia, all of my old cemetery pix are film, not dig., and the film itself is long degraded. I am starting a new series, though, and I’ll let you know when they’re up.
    I’m putting up some other subjects, some trial styles, and I’ll let you know when that’s ready to see, too.

  • oouchan

    I was reading the posts when I came across this:
    17. ringtailroxy “and I’m about as ‘goth’ as Rainbow Bright.” I about spit my corn flakes out, that was so funny!

    btw…I would love to visit the Old Jewish Cemetery. That looks creepy and cool.

  • Nicosia

    55. segue- Sweet!

  • Maggot

    I was in Paris on business just this past January, and I made a special point to visit Cimetière du Père-Lachaise to see my idol Jim Morrison’s grave. Even had someone take a pic of me beside it, which came out really cool. Jim is God…

  • flibbertigibbet

    47. segue: I have that cemetery on another list I’m compiling, it certainly wasn’t forgotten. I just figured, as far as reasons to visit it are concerned, most people go for the mummies, which are still on display. The baby mummies are especially disturbing.

  • nubyw00tz

    Now for the big question:

    Is it “graveyard” or “cemetery”?

  • Mrs Polidori

    Graveyard is another name for cemetery, as is churchyard or necropolis. Cemetery, I think is Greek for “city of sleep”.

  • archangel


    Hmmm, on that point Janus – I wonder what would happen in the future. Humans in our current society tend to want to preserve everything. So will the future be overrun with graveyards as more and more people exponentially die off!?

    Oh what will we do with those graveyards! Maybe, when far enough into the future, they could be good sources of fossil fuels. Jokes!

  • Diogenes

    -The Smithsonian Institute
    Native American remains

    -Make three x’s on LaVeau’s grave. tour groups are the main reason why, unfortunately.
    The Musee Conti down the street has her imortalized in wax. an eerie and excellent exhibit hall of the history of Louisianna and the city of New Orleans.
    Michael Jackson stands at the entrance to their Chamber of Horrors.

    -I knew grave robbers when I lived in the Big Easy, and their names were not Burke and Hare. They did it for the thrill, and for their collection of bones and statues. Old graves. mostly from tombs that were more or less broken into already. I was asked to join in an actual beaking into once, but declined.

    -Bubbling Well Pet Memorial is the name of the grounds where Errol Morris filmed Gates of Heaven

    -Old prisons with The Numbered. no names

    -small forgotten and overgrown graveyards off the side of the road or hidden in the backwoods always intrigued me as a kid.
    something about the earthly presence of these long gone families affected me more than the silent serenity of the larger and lawns mowed type of places.

    – graveyards like these are interesting for different reasons. especially when they are tourist attractions, as all historical earthly remains are.
    none the less, travel tour lists like this are some of my favorites. thanks flibbertigibbet for an interesting read. How bout an Ossuary list next!

  • flibbertigibbet

    64. Diogenes: Regarding Ossuaries: You read my mind, I’m already working on it.

  • Mom424

    Excellent list – I have loved cemeteries since I was a little girl. My favourite Uncle introduced me to the history that can be found in old cemeteries and I’ve been hooked ever since. A notable mention might be Fairview Cemetery in Halifax, NS, Canada. Been in use since the early 1900’s (originally a fort was constructed on part of the site to prevent MicMac Indian attacks)when the original Halifax cemetery became too full. It houses over a hundred victims of the Titanic disaster as well as a mass grave and hundreds of individual graves from the Halifax Explosion. (largest man-made accidental explosion – over 2000 victims)

  • NemoBatkastle

    Extremely well done list Flibbertigibbit! It seems like the lists on this site keep getting better and better, and the wealth of material that is accumulating is quite stunning/

    I live in San Francico where we have Colma, which is a small city given almost entirely over to graveyards. Though I doubt it deserves to make any top ten lists it is quite a wonderful place for any graveyard tourist.

  • 6twistedbiscuits

    whats an ossuary?
    i used to live in a house that was backed by an old graveyard. quite creepy for a young kid, but i think i got used to it as i got older. it got more interesting then scary after a while.

  • Mrs Polidori

    My auntie’s friend actually lives in a cemetery too. Her house is very close to the crematorium; through her window, she sees many funerals everyday.

  • A list of cemeteries ?? LV does cover a wide range of topics …

  • mej

    george harrison’s body isn’t actually buried in hollywoood forever cemetery.He was just cremated there. then his ashes were scattered in the ganges

  • DiscHuker

    i’m surprised the allied cemetary in normandy wasn’t on here. that one and the st. louis in new orleans were the only ones that i thought would definately be here.

  • thisnamestaken

    Firstly and pedantically, it’s Czech, not Chzech.

    And secondly, WHERE THE HELL ARE THE WAR GRAVE CEMETERIES IN YPRES? That’s definitely a graveyard to visit.

  • God

    I thought for sure the great jewish cemetery located on the slopes of the Mount of Olives would be on this list.

    From biblical times until today, Jews have been buried on the Mount of Olives. There are an estimated 150,000 graves on the Mount. Jews have sought since antiquity to be buried on the Mount of Olives, where according to the Bible (Zech. 14:4) the resurrection will begin when the Messiah comes.

  • eric

    damn i hate graveyards specialy on nights. but i like scary stuff its awesome. plus badass website and i mean bad for the ass cuz it keeps u in ur seat all day good job j frater

  • Necropolis

    I’d like to add to the list the Columbarium of San Francisco.

    Few people, with the exception of the “locals,” know about it. It sits, relatively hidden, off Geary Street. It’s one of the most spectacular buildings in the city, and houses the cremains of many famous people.

    During the first half of the 20th century, the cemeteries of San Francisco were relocated to Colma. Only three remain in the city — the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio; the Old Mission Cemetery and Gardens, and the Columbarium. (Actually, there are four, if you count the Pet Cemetery in the Precidio — )

    BTW, while the cemeteries were relocated outside of the city, not all of the bodies made the trip. It is estimated that THOUSANDS still remain interred at such sites as the Lincoln Park Golf Course, which surrounds the Legion of Honor art museum. (There are still a few monuments left on the site, such as the Chinese Mausoleum, which sits inside a cluster of eucalyptus trees.)

  • Redcaboose

    What a great list. I live in the western US, and there are a lot of small cemeteries from the 1800’s. I know, they are not very old by world standards, but the are fun to visit. You can find a lot of famous gunslingers.

    And when my daughter was in high school about 20 years, she when on a field trip to Seattle, and she brought back a rubbing of Jimi Hendrix’s tombstone. WOOHOO!! :)

  • Mrs Polidori

    Oh cool! My grandma and auntie saw Jimi Hendrix play live in the 60s! They said it was AMAZING!

  • Lifeschool

    I agree with DiscHusker about the allied ceme’s in Normandy, but the ones included here are special in so many other ways. Great idea and great list. I also like the piecefulness of ceme’s – although I (as usual) am in the vast minority in that respect. I always like the play the ‘find the oldest grave’ game. What other games could you play in a graveyard? – I bet you can list 10!

  • porkido

    EVA Peron

  • Forti

    I strongly recommend seeing the Jewish Cemetery in Lodz, Poland. It’s as much beautiful and spooky (if not more) as the one in Prague.

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    Cool list. Good followup from yesterday.

  • Foxy

    Thank you for number 4! ^_^

  • Blogball

    Nice list flibbertigibbet. I find cemeteries not morbid, not scary but very peaceful. I used to work right across the street from a Jewish cemetery in Culver City CA. (Hillside Memorial)Sometimes on my lunch breaks I would walk around looking at all the names and dates of those who lived and died before me. I stumbled upon Jack Benny’s grave which just read “A Gentle Man” The cemetery is best know for the resting place of Al Jolson. You can see his grave here.

    One of my dad’s corny jokes is when we were in the car on vacation and when we drove past a cemetery he would ask: “Hey kids do you know how many people are dead in that cemetery?” No dad, how many?

    “All of them”

  • oouchan

    68. 6twistedbiscuits: “whats an ossuary?”
    An ossuary, also referred to as a bone house, is a facility for the storage of human bones. (from wisegeek)

    84. Blogball…my dad told the same corny joke. Did you fall for it everytime? It took my sister and I a few times before we started to answer back.

  • DiscHuker

    if you get to visit st. louis in new orleans, make sure to go with a group. the tombs aren’t the only things that bad guys like to plunder. a tourist will do just fine.

  • 6twistedbiscuits

    oouchan – cheers
    i think i’d ather be cremeted then end up in a graveyard. can think of better things to do with the land.

  • Sarah_R

    way better then yesterday. something way more people can actually appreciate.

    some of these were quite beautiful. i’d love to see them all.

  • Matt

    Nice list. I’m fairly upset, because I went to New Orleans a few years ago, and although I always looked at the cemetery from across the freeway with fascination, my parents were never interested in checking it out. =[

  • I have actually not been to any of the graveyards on this list – but I will definitely do so when I next travel. The Jewish cemetery looks especially interesting – and spooky!

  • On one of the lists (I don’t remember which) I was asked if I had some of my photos posted. I hadn’t finished doing so at the time, but have now. So, for those interested:

  • STL Mo

    Good job, fibbertigibbet. Interesting subject, too.

    Here in STL we have Cavalry Cemetery where William T. SHerman is burried.

    OUt in the Missouri and Illinois countrysides you find many small cemeteries, with maybe 10-20 people burried there. Always fascinating to stop and look.

    My favorite cemetery is at Jefferson Barracks, where my Grandpa and Grandpa are at, as well as my wife’s Grandpa. Near my G and G’s site lie a huge number of grave markers for Iowa infantry killed during the Civil War, from pitched battles, guerrilla actions or disease. Not one of them has the same date of death on them (that I can tell, anyway) which speaks to the terrible conditions of Missouri during that war.

  • BooRadley

    Congratulations, flibbertigibbit, on a great list. This has to be my favorite one so far!

    When I lived in Colorado Springs, I spent a lot of time in the cool old graveyard there (I was a goth in my younger days…). I had some friends who knew the man in charge of the graveyard, and they managed to talk him into having their wedding there on Halloween night! There was an old, old chapel, no longer in use, that was completely covered in ivy. In the basement were the rooms where the coffins were kept awaiting burial. An old lift would bring the coffin up into the chapel so funeral services could be held. Well, the bride made her entrance into the chapel by riding up the lift… the best bridal entrance I’ve ever seen! Everyone was in costume, and we had the reception in the chapel, too. A lot of us wandered about the graveyard in between refreshmants in the chapel. It was my favorite wedding, and my favorite Halloween.

    Here is a website for the most amazing ossuary:
    It is a macabre but beautiful place with the remains of about 40,000 people. It’s really worth a look at the sculptures made of human bones.

  • Kessie

    This is a great list! I love cemeteries, and I’m not goth at all. I grew up playing in the beautiful, peaceful country cemetery next door, and I still find cemeteries fascinating. I love to wander around, look at graves, and think about the lives of the people buried there.

  • enxchanted

    my mom and i visited prague a couple years ago and i was fascinated with the jewish cemetary when we walked by it, but my mother isn’t as into cemetaries as i am and she had no desire to see it.

  • 6twistedbiscuits

    segue – i tried to visit ur profile bt it tells me we have to be friends. i dont go there often enough to know how to do that.
    this is me anyway, you might have to register to see

  • Blogball

    Really nice pictures segue. What kind of photo software do you use?

    Oouchan, after several times hearing the same joke we stared asking him the same question when we saw a cemetery first. That pretty much stopped him from asking us again.

  • oouchan

    93. BooRadley:….that is so cool. My kid just asked me yesterday if she could get married in a cemetary. I told her no…but I guess I was wrong. She will be happy to hear it.

    segue…cool pictures. thanks for the link.

    6twistedbiscuits…I see you and your adorable boy! how cute!

  • Cyn

    admin. note –
    guyz remember there is a safer way to exchange personal info. than comments. use the PM system @ forums. for the existing comments w/ more personal links..since those sites have built in safeguards, i’ll leave ’em alone.


  • 6twistedbiscuits

    oouchan – thanks :) he is the cutest isnt he i dont know where he gets all that blonde hair from.

  • YogiBarrister

    You could do a whole list of French cemetaries alone.

  • Jessy

    101st! Sorry, I had to…

    There are stories of crypts being used as maintenance closets, with cleaning supplies stored on top of coffins.

    That’s just begging for some kind of B-horror Freddie style ending…

  • davien

    Another great cemetary in L.A. is Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. It’s bordered on one side by a high rise office building on one side and houses on another. Celebrities buried there include: Marilyn Monroe, Rodney Dangerfield, Carroll O’Connor, Roy Orbison, Bettie Page, and frank Zappa. Also Hugh Hefner has the crypt next to Monroe reserved for himself.

  • Lauren

    Surprisingly I didn’t find this list to be morbid, very interesting if anything. I would love to visit the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise one day. I went to the website and took the virtual tour and it looked amazing. Very nice list!

  • Willow

    No Arlington?

  • Willow

    amazing list, btw :]
    I love cemeteries and now I have some ideas of where to visit.

  • Mom424

    Segue: Lovely pictures. The tree on the beach at sunset is just beautiful. I’m also quite fond of the rope treatment.

  • ReginaFelangi

    The Key West Cemetery is also a fascinating place to visit. Many legends surround the inhabitants there!

  • Star

    Beautiful Places, also worth to mention is the Italian cemetery in Cairo , Egypt.

  • I’m glad you liked my photos, people, they are a big part of what makes me, me.

  • souxieq

    I live in the states, Indiana to be more specific, and there are some REALLY cool cemetaries here. In Terre Haute, there is a pyramid tomb, and in the same area there used to be a masoleum with this guys stuffed dead dog on display.
    Just south of Martinsville, you can wander about a mile off what passes for a road in the middle of nowhere and find what I believe is the only existing graveyard of an early religious sect, (maybe the Crabites? I can’t remember) and it’s supposed to be very haunted.

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  • BooRadley

    We were visiting Bisbee, Arizona and found a wonderful, huge, old cemetary there. It wasn’t used much after the 1920s, and the earliest we found were the early 1830s, if I remember correctly. The interesting thing about it was also very sad – you could see where the 1917 influenza pandemic had wiped out entire families. They would be all together, beloved grandparents, parents, children and the beautiful little babies graves with the lambs on top of the stones… Probably a third of the cemetary had death dates of 1917 or 1918. I love the old cemetaries where people were more creative in choosing monuments for their loved ones. There were a lot of statues and a lot of graves encircled by tiny gothic fences. There were also some wooden crosses that had names painted on them that you could no longer read. We spent a quiet and peaceful afternoon wandering through this large graveyard.

  • Wibisniba28

    I have also visited the Saint Louis Cemetary in “Nawlins”, and it is a truly awesome place. Reading old headstones can be very interesting. While living in Illinois I found an old cemetary where the vegetation had taken over. The headstone I remember the most was: “Kilt by Injuns, 2 boys, aged 6 and 9”. The words were deeply etched on a large stone.

  • ligeia

    Near my cousins house (in Wexford, Ireland) is this really cool little cemetery. There are the remains of an old church in the middle and it is surrounded by old headstones. It’s kind of on a little hill and there is a pub at the bottom of the hill. One winter there was heavy rains and the owner of the pub found a load of coffins in his back garden. Some of the graves are ones that are above ground and you can still see bones.

    Although not quite a cemetery, if you get the chance you should visit St. Michan’s church in Dublin. You can go down into the crypts where they have four mummies on display. It’s only about €3/4 – bargain!

  • If given a chance to visit one of those list, i would love to see the High Gate gives the essence of true graveyard and it’s realy interesting.

  • peter

    I have spent many hours in Glasnevin cemetary in Dublin as a stone cutter in the 1980s, there is a pub built into the cemetary wall called the Gravediggers (aka Kavaganaghs) back in the day the publician had removed some bricks from the wall of the pub to allow the grave diggers to pass their shovels through the wall with the price of a pint on the shovel and the publican would place a pint on the shovel for the gravediggers to pull through the wall,Cool, only in Ireland.

  • Jorgenson

    I live down the road from Highgate Cemetery, beautiful place.

  • MickVanMike

    I have visisted Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires and it was a bizarre experience. Some of the graves are enormous- 2 floors, marble staircases, photos of the dead, wreaths of flowers, the most beautiful candelabras and other things you couldn’t ever imagine a dead person would need- like rugs, chests of drawers, vials of perfume, books, soap, gloves.
    Eva Peron’s grave was definitely did not live up to all the hype, it was a simple plaque on a wall of other plaques, i was far more interested in the ones with glass floors, spires and greek columns. My favourites were the themed ones (a hut like one made out of hunks of stone like an old roman wall) and the ones that were HUGE like mini cathedrals.
    The Graves in disrepair are the scariest, i was scared and i went there on the most beautiful day in the middle of february. I very vividly remember seeing some tombs just stacked to breaking point with coffins and boxes full of people that had long since been forgotten. Personally i wouldn’t want to be buried somewhere like that but it was very beautiful.
    Also just outside some people had stalls and my friend bought possibly THE most tasteless souvenir i have ever seen in my life.
    And some of the cats there were huge- like dogs impersonating cats.

  • Heroajax

    Cool list. Thanks.

  • Katiejh

    glad highgate was number 1. it truly is an amazingly freaky place, def recommend a visit.

  • Egg

    @ Oouchan: definitely, St. Louis was absolutely astounding! Sadly a lot of the nice cemeteries in major areas are occupied by ‘ne’er-do-wells’ so you have to travel in groups. I went with my mother and sister only to St. Louis, but were told absolutely never to go at night.

  • Ellen

    Out of the cemetaries on this list, I’ve only been to Père-Lachaise, but it was awesome. Me and my friends walked around a bit before we found an old french man wandering around. He told us that he lived nearby and went to the cemetary everyday, so he knew it off by heart and offered to show us around. It was great, we got a free tour guide! We never did find out his name in the end, so we just call him monsieur Père-Lachaise. :)

  • Mrs Polidori

    He was probably a ghost. A similar thing happened to my grandad.

  • sikamikanica

    Wonderful list! As a fifth grade field trip, our teacher took us to the Rosehill Cemetery here in Chicago. Ever since then I have been fascinated by cemeteries and hope to see some of these since they sound fascinating.

    Now, off to take that virtual tour at Paris and see those pictures from Romania!

  • Vaami

    These are GORGEOUS!! I love visiting cemeteries. My husband and I seem to find all the graveyards in every city we visit purely by accident. We always find Chinatowns too . . . Hummm – graveyards and China towns?

    Anyway – never been to any of these, I guess we need to travel more!

  • Kimber

    I love cemeteries for the history and artwork. I’ve studied Victorian symbolism, and it is really fascinating. It’s the final moment to leave the deceased’s personality.

    Since I live near Savannah, I’m sad Bonaventure and/or Laurel Grove was left off the list. Bonaventure is amazing! Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta is also one of the most gorgeous and perfect examples of Victorian cemeteries around.

    I can spend hours searching for a symbol I’ve never seen, and there’s always one “resident” that sends me on a historical scavenger hunt to find out what they were like in life.

  • Joss

    I have always been fascinated by cemeteries. The older, the better. I will hopefully be visiting a few of these in the future!

    One thing, though…I believe Telly Savales’ name is actually spelled Savalas.

  • Tricia

    LOVE this list! I’ve been to Père-Lachaise, but I thought the one in Montmarte was more interesting. Wiki tells me that Alexandre Dumas and Edgar Degas are both buried there, but what I found most fascinating were the cats. They’re everywhere. We found food put into the tombs and cat beds , so it looks like they’re being taken care of and are wanted!

    Another cool cemetery was Boothill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona. It’s small but the epitaphs are interesting and you can see the guys who were killed at the OK Corral.

  • Wibisniba28

    83. Blogball & 84.oouchan … another corney joke pulled by parents.

    My father had my two sisters and I stand at one end of an alley, each holding a large paper bag. He would go and stand at the opposite end to make a lot of noise to scare up tarters, so we could make tarter sauce. He would go back in the house while we diligently waited for those pesky tarters. We fell for it numerous times, and still laugh about it today. What an imagination. Thanks Dad.

  • Maggot

    130 Wibsniba28: you sure were retarted.

  • oouchan

    131. Maggot: Many kids fall for stuff their parents tell them like Santa and the Tooth Fariy. Not nice to pick on others for a cute joke.

  • Maggot

    132 oouchan: Not nice to pick on others for a cute joke.

    No malice intended. It was just a play on words, and an obscure reference to a joke from an older list. Perhaps too obscure, but a regular like you shoulda gotten it. ;-)

  • oouchan

    133. Maggot: I might have if you added a smiley or something….espcially since emotions are hard to type. ;)

    btw…as for Wibisniba28…i know this person as I am related to her. (sigh) o.O

  • Maggot

    134 oouchan: I might have if you added a smiley or something

    Since I’ve been known to be “mean” on occasion, I can see where the misinterpretation could apply. OTOH, sometimes the humor is in the ambiguity.


  • oouchan

    135. Maggot…got it!

  • TEX

    I’ve been to a few of the cemeteries around New Orleans, but can’t say for sure if one was the St. Louis or not.
    But I found this –
    Holy crap – as if going to an old cemetery wasn’t spooky enough, throw in voodoo and muggers for extra fun – and floating coffins too!

    What is it with parents and cemeteries? When I was very young my Dad took us on a Sunday drive and stopped at an old cemetery to look around, I believe we had a relative there. My brother and I were running around the graveyard like a couple of Indians when my mother looked up and saw we were on a grave. “Don’t ever stand on a grave!” she yelled at us, not so much to scold us, she was just a little old fashioned/superstitious about things like that, but she scared the hell out of me.
    Well a few nights later I had a nightmare – I was walking to school and I had to cross this vacant lot, I heard something and looked down, I WAS STANDING ON A GRAVE!!! The ground disappeared from underneath me and I began to freefall into the darkness…
    I woke up, felt fearful of graves for many years after.

  • Dolphinator

    #15 ^night_viper^… I just contacted Neptune Memorial Reef http://WWW.NMREEF.COM and it is my “final destination” for the future. Thanks for bringing it to our attention as it is highly unusual, fairly inexpensive, and absolutely the BOMB!!

  • natas666

    cemetery’s are great an like or loath them they are apart of us and of our history, i like the small forgotten ones with the barely decernabal writing on the tome stones it adds a bit of mystery.

  • jake


  • You know, it’s very funny, and it keeps on happening more and more often lately; I’ll be reading a post and suddenly the spelling is just off a bit, but a enough to confuse, or there will be one word, with a completely different meaning but misspelled by only *one* letter, which brings me up short and makes me glad it’s only water I’m drinking!
    I wish I wasn’t so compulsive about these things, but I am and I can’t seem to change. Still, it gives me some chuckles others might miss, so there’s that.

  • JoeAnn

    I’ll second the love for Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah! I visited that beautiful city for the first time a couple weeks ago and spent a good couple of hours walking this cemetery alone on a lovely, early spring day. The entire grounds enjoy the dappled shade of gorgeous, broad-branched trees, draped in Spanish moss, and blooming azalea bushes frame tombstones and footpaths at every turn. Definitely worth visiting if you find ever find yourself in that neck of the woods.

  • Angelina

    JoeAnn: I live in Savannah. I love the Bonaventure. It has a definite haunting charm. Glad you enjoyed your stay in this beautiful port city. :)

  • jorgegrl

    I am kind of surprised that Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond VA isn’t on this list, what with all the presidents buried there as well as all the lore surrounding the place.

  • blurbd

    arlington national cemetery??

  • killspongebob

    What about the Terra Catta Warriors ?

  • Very nice list flibbertigibbet.
    There’s something nice, quiet, and peaceful about cemeteries.
    I’d love to visit that old Jewish cemetery. It does look creepy.

  • kat

    St.Patricks cemetery in Lucan Ontario is a good one.I grew up there and never found it interesting till I spent a summer working at the town museum. People came from around the world to see it. It has a famous murdered family buried there, along with most of their killers. They actually had to replace the families gravestone because so many souvenir hunters had chipped off pieces.

  • 145. blurbd: arlington national cemetery??
    Do you want to go back through the posts and count how many times Arlington National Cemetery has already been mentioned, or would you rather continue thinking you were the first to have this brilliant idea?

  • anthony p

    I loved Recoleta, i spent a full day wandering around it, some of the Gothic gravestones and architecture are amazing.Deffinatly something to see if you are in buenos aires

  • Dr Mic Hunter

    I have already been to two of them. I have been working on a photography project where I photograph details of tombstones. I am working on a book about my travels.

  • gdan

    I always wonder why cemeteries have a fence? because nobody can leave and nobody wants to get in.

  • scottiebass

    So Highgate Cemetery has the tomb of Karl Marx….

    I’m sure we’ll be seeing pictures of OBAMA and some Hollywood idiots kneeling in front of their idol……

  • Devi

    Souxieq 111: I went to college in Terre Haute and am quite aware of the cemeteries you mention. But you forgot the holy grail of them all: Hundred Steps.

    I used to go there all the time with friends, after dark, trying desperately not to count the stairs on the way up. It’s on the way to Brazil…over halfway and you turn right down this little dirt road. The cemetery is on top of a hill, which you climb using…old worn stone steps! Supposedly you can’t count them all, and if you do, the devil comes and takes you away. Or something of the sort. The field across the dirt road was supposed to harbor hellhounds if you looked at it from the cemetery, and you were only supposed to enter the cemetery by passing between the two trees that served as a ‘gate’. It’s not fenced, so we had some idea that the ground was never consecrated. Quite old headstones, many knocked over. My friends and I re-erected a fallen stone once, then freaked out and ran away.

    I never saw much, but there was definitely a spooky feeling, but that could have been brought on by too many drugs. Over ten years ago now….how time flies. Terre Haute was definitely the best place for ghost stories and creepy sites….I’m trying to remember the Seven Gates now. :)

  • cbitty

    I’m so disappointed that the historic graveyards along the freedom trail in Boston were not on this list. They are beautiful, fun to visit, and have a lot of famous historical figures.

  • bloomfever

    I was in Los Angeles two years ago and they have bus tour of Hollywood forever cemetary and charge admission!! For a cemetary!! It was nice but it is a cemetary people. Leave it to hollywood to charge even to see the dead.
    Beautiful list though. Would love to see some of these.

  • g0alpost1

    arlington cemetery

    arlington cemetery

    arlington cemetery

    arlington cemetery

  • smchls24

    “””The reason for this is supposedly because the ground water level in New Orleans is impractical for burials, though there is some dispute of this.””””

    Dispute? hahaha. New Orleans is already feet below sea-level. There’s a reason no one has basements here. If you dig 6 feet in the ground, you’ll hit water.

  • Kathleen

    I think you should have listed Rookwood Cemetary in Sydney Australia. It is the largest cemetary in the southern hemisphere. I lived near there as a child and spent lots of time there. I still haven’t seen every grave/crypt etc. It is amazing and totally possible to get lost. They even chage a fee to come and unlock the gates for people who get lost and locked in at night. Over 1 million people are buried there and it covers 300 hectares.
    It is a great place to visit.

  • Stardust

    I absolutely LOVE cemetaries, this list is a real treat. Thank you.

  • H3000

    Why would you love cemetaries?

  • kiwiboi

    What a coincidence…I was in Paris just last week and took the time to visit Père-Lachaise for the first time. The highlights for me included the tombs of Chopin and Oscar Wilde, and the graves of Marcel Proust, Georges Seurat, Edith Piaf and Moliere. The Communards wall was also very moving. I spent around 3 hours wandering around and still didn’t do the place justice – I’ll definitely go back again.

    I stopped by Jim Morrison’s grave, but only because I happened to be there; personally, I don’t see what all the fuss is about with Morrison…but, each to their own.

    Père-Lachaise is a beautiful spot and I would recommend that anybody going to Paris make a point of visiting.

    I’ve been to Highgate Cemetery a couple of times. The resting places of Karl Marx and Michael Faraday were (for me) the highlights.

    One other cemetery I would recommend people who are interested take the trouble to visit when they are in London is Bunhill Fields. Amongst other things, it’s the site of a 17th century plague pit, where many victims of the Black Death were buried. Also, it contains the graves/tombs of William Blake, John Bunyon, Daniel Defoe, and members of the Wesley and Cromwell families. It’s only a small cemetery, and parts of it are fenced in, but it’s a nice peaceful place to spend a half-hour. I once read of it described (due to its historical significance) somewhat emotively as “the most valuable acre in England”.

  • souxieq

    Devi 154:
    I forgot all about 100 steps. I heard that if you count all the steps on the way up, you are shown a vision of your death. I’ve also heard that if you count a different number going up than going down, you’ll be cursed or die. It’s definitely scary. I’d have to agree that TH is one of the best places (in the states, at lest) to get the hell scared out of you. Lot’s a terrifying spots around here!

  • _goreegal

    I would love to be buried in #1… but, will most likely be cremated and have my ashes blowing widly in the wind… but, this cemetary is sooo niceee and seems more of a natural resting place.

  • Ayesha

    My grandmother, best friend from highschool,and my dads best friend are all buried at Forest Lawn Glendale and yes, its amazing =]. Actually if i look out my kitchen window, I can actually see a large portion of the cemetary. Its actually kinda funny because some people who arent from the area think its some kind of park or golf course when they drive past it and when they realize that its a cemetary, they freak out a little. Im totally terrified of anything related to death but its actually kinda fun to go there on the weekend to leave flowers, but jesus christ…its HUGE!! Dont go on foot, you’ll be walking for hours uphill.

  • suzi

    My great grandmother is buried at Forest Lawn, and I’ve seen the Prague cemetary

  • Sarah

    St. Louis #1 is actually not that bad anymore… We went there the day after Mardi Gras this year and the only thing that was really broken was an empty alcohol bottle near a grave. It is in disrepair but nothing was broken into. it’s in quite good condition considering all that has happened.

  • ringtailroxy

    161. H3000~

    why wouldn’t someone love cemeteries? They are places of tranquil beauty…And they are probably the safest places to be… all the inhabitants are dead!!!

    for a rationally minded individual, whom does not believe in the fairy tale of life after death, a cometary is a piece of history, a place of someone else’s belief system, and a monument to those whom have passed away before you even came around.

    granted, if someone believes in ghosts & ghouls, the vengefulness of the undead due to their jealousy of the living, or is under the age of 20 and bored, these places could be a site of shear terror & fear.

    to me, they are a testament to man’s faith, their desire to leave behind some token, or memorabilia, of their time on earth. and the artistry, compassion, and care that goes into many cemeteries may have exceeded what that individual received while alive.

    so i ask you-why NOT love cemeteries?


    p.s. i’m no ‘goth’ or wiccan or dabbler in the dark arts… far from it…

  • Dan Von Ber

    Someone wana tell me why this nations greatest cemetery isn’t here? Arlington National Cemetery

  • 169. Dan Von Ber: That question has been asked at least 8 times already. Asking a ninth time will not make it magically appear.

  • Denzell

    I want the gruesome cakes, the death metal bands, and I want my party to be in these cemeteries for my birthday!

    Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any of these cemeteries until at least I’m 18. My parents won’t let me go to these places, so alas, my birthday wishes won’t come true for at least four more years.

  • Alicia

    ringtail- You need to research the usage of the word ‘whom’.

  • dariok

    I think this one should get on the list:

    was expecting to see it.

  • edin

    nice! i’d add cemetery in salzburg and cairo’s city of the dead.

  • flibbertigibbet

    I’ve come back reading comments out of natural curiosity, and I have to say something: for those questioning why Arlington National Cemetery isn’t on here: I purposely left it off. Why? While I am American (as are all the people complaining about the missing Arlington), I am aware that America does not actually take up the majority of the world. It’s true- I sacrificed American history for the sake of the rest of the world. It turns out a surprising percentage of the world’s population doesn’t give a crap about American history. I know that’s surprising, but bear with me. We’re talking about a large span of land comprised of uniform tombstones of American soldiers. I know it sounds crazy, but I thought the rest of the world might not care as much about our national heroes. After all- I didn’t go out of my way to list the burial sites of the nationals of other countries. Long story short: shut up already. I left it off because the appeal to Arlington is uniquely American, and the list I submitted was for an international site.

  • ed

    how bout the Cimetière du Montparnasse? Charles Baudelaire, Porfirio Diaz, Bernard Lacoste, Edgar Quinet, Sarte, Cesafr Vallejo, Julio Cortazar…

  • 175. flibbertigibbet: I’ve been half answering the Arlington crowd, but knew only you had the whole answer. I’m glad you have finally broken your silence and comeback with exactly the answer I expected.
    It is an excellent list, flibbertigibbet, and I am surprised that it didn’t get more traffic than it did! It certainly gave me some places to visit some day.
    I only wish my negatives had survived the passage of years. I had some great graveyards on film.

  • Misha

    The Recoleta Cemetery, in Buenos Aires, is located in the middle of a very popular night and entertainment area with a multiplex cinemas centre called “Village”, and lots of shopping, fancy restaurants and grills. The cemetery was built long before the rest of the entertainment and facilities, and it’s a bit creepy to be in a romantic candlelight dinner and seeing the crosses of the cemetery’s graveyards in the distance.
    If you’re open minded you can visit the cemetery and then go watch a movie or try some of the best barbecues around ;D

  • Lichen

    Very good list!

    I was a bit surprised that the famous Highgate Vampire incident (although hoax) was not mentioned.

  • Gigih Wiraga

    Behh….I just want to say “What a crazy designed graveyard i’ve ever seen”!!

  • Amazing..!
    One should not forget his grave.
    One day we all have to go there.
    So do good in this life.
    God will reward you.

  • lostatsea1

    The city of Edinburgh, Scotland, has many things to recommend it, but the most endearing quality is its love for Greyfriars Bobby, the wee Skye Terrier. …
    If you ever visit Scotland, Greyfriars cemetary is an incredible place..old skull & crossbones on many of the tombstones..but Bobby’s wee statue is a testament to love.
    As to ossuaries..I visited Palermo in Sicily and the mummified corpses are quite grisly in a weird way!

  • Smplsilhouette

    I would add Sante Croce in Florence as a bonus. It’s a church really, but Dante, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo are all buried there

  • Aaron

    What about Arlington National Cemetery?

  • Mememe

    I’ll speak about one I know and really like: when I was in high school, at lunch time, my friends and I would visit a nearby cemetery for the incredible sense of peace, but most of all because of the artwork. This was Prazeres Cemetery in Lisbon, quite an impressive place. If La Recoleta Cemetery can be compared to a city, well, the older section of Prazeres Cemetery will certainly be compared to welthy subburbs. The ‘streets’ are coblestone, just like the city outside, in some areas making lovely patterns and drawings in black and white right under your feet; there’re beautiful, tall cyprus trees decorating the sidewalks, framing squares and roundabouts, and most toombs are perfectly preserved- even if you can peer inside a few abandoned ones and be creeped out by the caskets now in plain sight. On some toombs there’re intricate sculptures or alegoric figures of sorrow, love, angels and ‘saudade’, the deep, hauting feeling of longing for someone or some place lost and out of your reach. And of course, lots of very happy cats – I think they like the silence…
    Most important artists, politicians and thinkers are buried there because it’s actually an elite cemetery. Part of it faces the river and the huge natural park in the middle of the city, so the view is stunning.
    Among the most beautiful tombs you find miniature palaces, castles and houses you could actually live in (some even have doorbells). Marble or lime stone dominate the whole place, which makes it seem like it’s lit, as it reflects the strong sunlight bathing the city for the better part of the year; because of this, it’s never depressing. There’s another, simmilar cemetery in the other side of the city, but this one, for its size (it’s smaller) seems to be a little more comforting. I would advise a visit if you ever go to Lisbon – no admition fee either ;)
    Random pic:
    and a cool album on flickr:

  • D

    The D-Day cemetaries near landing beaches in Normandy, France, and quite spectacular – row after row of identical graves as far as the eye can see, and beyond. More than you can comprehend really.

  • Ryan

    @souxieq (111):
    Can some one please get me directions to the graveyard in Martinsville, Indiana.

  • kristi

    rrrrr Czech republic isnt spelt with a H! and if its because you didnt spell check, i should tell you SPELL CHECK!

  • Davy

    the graveyard of irene

  • natapillar

    graveyards are great places. they are serene and beautiful. i would love to visit the one in Highgate at some point,since its easy for me to travel to and seems great.

  • Zahra

    I’ve been to highgate several times now on my annual visits to London. Undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary places i’ve ever seen.

  • Diogenes

    I knew I mentioned it here! didn’t take long to find (which is amazing because I leave comments on many different sites). I mentioned the Musee Conti in my comment #64. wow, that seemed ages ago yet today for some reason or other I just discovered something regarding the separated head of Michael Jackson that once was attached to its dummy-body and on display… anyway, its unrelated to the list but related to my first comment, if anybody should care.

    so here:

    maybe the flikr pictures list of odd M.Jackson stuff, of his, that was up for auction would have been a better place to drop this but..too late.

  • Amaterasu717

    I think you should make another list which includes Punchbowl and Arlington.

  • cherylandjon

    Maybe I’m just an oddball but I love graveyards(the older the better),We live in Boston,the graveyards here are so full of history,that once in awhile I’ll actually do a rubbing of a headstone.
    We’ve been to 9,8 & 2 all fascinating,love to visit the others on the list.
    One thing I do find funny is,as much as I love graveyards,I’ve already stated in my will,I want to be cremated.

  • Amber

    I’d call The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster a cemetary, even though it performs many more functions. Where else can you find such a collection of famous people, including kings, queens, scientists and authors?

  • Shadow Girl :)

    @danthepaly [3]: why not? cemeteries are beautiful and relaxing. i used to live 2 blocks away from a cemetery and every morning i would walk to it and just sit under one of the big pine trees and think. for hours. i would absolutely love to visit these and i hope someday i will. :)

  • Shadow Girl :)

    @Denzell [171]: aw that sucks im sorry :,( ur only 14? i would love to have my birthday celebrated in a cemetery >:) its too bad most of my friends wouldnt show up cause they are pussy ass little bitches haha! excuse my language.

  • Scott Spencer

    I have been to Highgate. It is both beautiful and eerie at the same time.
    I got quite a start from a caretaker who came out of a tomb to greet me. Strangely, her office is IN the tomb!
    I asked her if the …shall we say….permanent residents of the tomb objected. She said, "Not yet."
    In the other part of the cemetery, it is said that a Vampire made it's lair there.

  • kokopelli1000

    One very interesting cemetary that I once found was the Necropolis in Glasgow, Scotland. It's really quite beautiful, if you want to walk the hill!

  • schland

    you should have included the oldest jewish cemetery in history the one located in worms, germany

  • Rick

    This place freaked me out a bit:

  • gravestomper

    Essentials in Chicago: cemetreis like Graceland, Bohemian natl, Rosehill: check them out here. There are even links to videos of graveyards here.

  • moonstone

    for dive enthusiasts. The Philippines has a Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin Island in the south. :) It was sunk by a formation of a new volcano from another volcanic eruption in the 1800s. The cemetery is marked by a cross placed there by the local govt in the 1980s and has since been a popular tourist spot as well as origin of lore.


    10 fascinating graveyards you must see.. Not so bad :)

  • Ashish

    Where is Taj Mahal in the List?

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