One of my favorite things to do when I travel is visit cemeteries. They are peaceful, full of history, and beautiful crypts and sculptures. When I was a kid we use to play campture the flag in a cemetery. So maybe it’s just something that gives me warm fuzzies and reminds me of my childhood. Ironic, huh?
If you are a fan of cemeteries like I am, then you are going to want to visit these as well. They certainly have made my list.
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Watertown, Massachusetts, United States
This is one of America’s oldest planned, rural burial ground. Mount Auburn is one of the most beautiful cemeteries there is. In fact, it inspired Frederick Law Olmstead’s design of New York City’s Central Park.
Père Lachaise has beautiful cobblestone avenues and above-ground crypts. This cemetery hosts famous artists, including Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.
Pisa, famous for the leaning tower also has some amazing cemeteries. Did you know it was built on scared soil carted over from the Holy Land during the crusades and finally completed in the 15th century. The cemetery looks like a palace, not a creepy, dark burial place.
This is the beautiful resting place of famous classical musicians like Beethoven, Brahms, Shuburt and more. This is one of the largest cemeteries in the world.
This cemetery was not noticed until a few famous people were moved from other grave sights to this one. People like writer Nikolai Gogol. Soon after this cemetery became famous and many other people were buried here, like Anton Chekov, Sergei Prokofiev, Nikita Kruschev, and Boris Yeltsin.
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This is a small cemetery that was originally built for the non-Catholic population in Rome. Famous poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley both rest here.
La Recoleta Cemetery
Buenos Aires, Aregentina
This massive cemetery is the resting place of Eva Peron. This cemetery as you can see in the photo has crypt after crypt after crypt. I can’t wait to visit this burial ground.
Cimetière des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques, Asnières-sur-Seine, France
The first purposeful pet cemetery. First opened in 1899 it is home to dogs and other domestic animals.
Westminster Hall and Burying Ground
The famous resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, one of our favorite poets.
The beautiful, sparkling ocean hugs this cemetery on the cliff. The cemetery has many Victorian and Edwardian monuments. Australian poet Henry Lawson and writer Dorothea Mackellar are buried here.
Gothic-style tombs, natural landscaping and stunning views of London are all a part of this beautiful cemetery. Philosopher Karl Marx is the most famous resident.
This cemetery is fifteen minutes outside of Oaxaca. The cemetery comes alive on Halloween night in preparation for the celebrated Day of the Dead.
Mount Koya, Japan
This is Japan’s largest cemetery with over 200,000 graves and 100 temples in the forest of this burial site. The 10,000 lanterns illuminate the mausoleum of Kōbō-Daishi.
This cemetery has bright crosses marking every burial spot. Each marker uses poetry and imagery to relay the deceased’s manner of death or worse…a dirty secret.
Neptune Memorial Reef
Key Biscayne, Florida
This is an underwater cemetery. About three miles off Key Biscayne, the largest man-made reef (16 acres). Ashes are cast into concrete sculptures and places in the underwater city. You can visit and scuba dive down below the depths to see this magnificent cemetery.
South Park Street Cemetery
This tropical paradise was founded in 1967. Colonial rulers built Gothic and Indo-Saracenic style monuments in honor of themselves.
Old Jewish Cemetery
This cemetery is more than cramped. In the Jewish culture it is forbidden to destroy graves or move headstones. So, Prague erected graves on top of existing graves. There are roughly 12,000 visible headstones but there are more than 100,000 bodies buried underground.
Mount Rose Cemetery
York, PA, United States
This cemetery is almost forgotten and abandoned. Mount Rose was builtin 1837. Many of those buried here died of smallpox or cholera. There is also a hidden crematorium under ground here. They built it in order to help burn the bodies to stop the spread of the disease.
There is a Gothic chapel on the grounds which was built in 1863. There are over 333,000 people buried here.