The World's Most Visited Graves

How to be a Tomb Tourist

By ; published Monday, January 9th, 2012
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If you’ve never heard of a “Tomb Tourist,” Mark Dabbs is your perfect example: he’s spent over 40,000 GBP traveling the world and visiting the graves of famous folks. Some of his journeys have included kung-fu legend Bruce Lee’s grave in Seattle, and Russian Marxist Leon Trotsky’s shrine in Mexico City. You might find it creepy, but Dabbs says there’s no better way to learn about historical figures. 

So which worldly graves receive the most visitors? Here are just a few you might find interesting and worth the visit.

1. Oscar Wilde, in Paris - Originally laid to rest on a plot of ground available for “temporary lease,” he now resides at the famous Pere Lachaise. Yep, he had to be moved; therefore, he was placed in quicklime so he would decompose faster. We’re serious.

2. Diana, Princess of Wales, in the UK – Diana’s final resting spot is on the lake at the Althorp estate, the ancestral home of the Spencer family. Diana’s grave is in the island at the center of the lake.

3. Alexander Keith, in Canada – Reputably the most beloved man to ever have come out of Nova Scotia, Alexander Keith is known in Canada for his delicious beer. Every September, on his birthday, visitors make a pilgrimage to his gravesite to place beer caps on his headstone. Then, like good east coasters, they party.

4. Michael Jackson, in California -- With the potential to become one of the world’s most famous graves, Jackson’s resting spot at Forest Lawn has only recently been opened to visitors. The King of Pop’s death is still fresh in our minds, so this site is a little more touching than most.

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5. Shakespeare, in the UK -- Shakespeare was actually buried inside the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, with a curse engraved on the side of his tomb: “Blessed the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.” Creepy. Some people believed that this curse prevented anyone from ever removing the tomb, but Shakespeare actually paid to be buried inside the church next to his family.



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