10 Graveyards You Have to Visit

  • Bonaventure Cemetery - Savannah

    Bonaventure Cemetery, located just east of Savannah, served as the setting for the novel and film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It's no wonder, because it's arguably the most eerie and atmospheric graveyard in the South thanks to its collection of haunting sculptures, moss-covered oaks and varied tombstones.

    Photo courtesy of Jeff Gunn

  • Visitors pay their respects to Jim Morrison here.

    Pere-Lachaise Cemetery - Paris

    Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is the largest and one of the most beautiful in Paris, covering more than 100 acres. It's also the burial site of a staggering array of late talent, making it one of the most visited cemeteries in the world. During your wander through the beautiful grounds, keep your eyes open for the tombs of Belgian poet Georges Rodenbach, playwright Molière, Chopin, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde.

    Photo courtesy of Till Krech

  • Marie Laveau's Tomb

    St. Louis Cemetery #1 - New Orleans

    St. Louis Cemetery #1 may not be New Orleans's most beautiful graveyard, but it certainly qualifies as one of the most fascinating, thanks in part to the tomb of Marie Laveau, a famous Creole practitioner of Voodoo. This resting place of the "Voodoo Queen" is often littered with offerings, with triple Xs scrawled all across the surface of the marble.

    Photo courtesy of Traveling Mermaid

  • Old Jewish Cemetery - Prague

    The crooked, moss-covered and crammed gravestones of the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague are reminiscent of Disney's Haunted Mansion. The earliest preserved stone dates back to 1439, and while some 12,000 headstones are currently visible, as many as 100,000 people are buried there in several layered graveyards.

    Photo courtesy of Miroslav Hurt

  • Highgate Cemetery - London

    Aspiring ghost hunters in London – or those looking for a serene place to take a walk – should pay a visit to Highgate Cemetery. Abundant trees and wildlife lend an almost romantic feel to this Victorian-style cemetery, perhaps most famous as the burial place of Karl Marx.

    Photo courtesy of monkeywing

  • Old Xoxocotlan Cemetery - Mexico

    Rarely do cemeteries get crowded with the living except for in the Old Xoxocotlan Cemetery in Mexico. The night before Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, the small cemetery fills up with families holding vigil for their lost loved ones, surrounded by candles and colorful floral displays while sipping on mescal to the sounds of mariachi music.

    Photo courtesy of Byron Howes

  • Evita Peron is buried within the La Recoleta Cemetery.

    La Recoleta Cemetery - Buenos Aires

    Unlike in the United States, the cemeteries of South America are often above-ground and have an almost city-like appearance. One of the most famous examples is La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital. Many of the country's elite have their final resting places here, including the much-visited grave of Eva Perón.

    Photo courtesy of Mike Disharoon

  • Waverley Cemetery - Sydney

    If you have to spend the rest of eternity somewhere, on a hillside overlooking the rolling waves of the ocean isn't a bad option, and that's exactly what makes Sydney's Waverley Cemetery such a beautiful place to visit. This particular graveyard is often described as peaceful rather than creepy, and in the winter, you can sometimes spot whales just off the coast from this clifftop perch.

    Photo courtesy of Robert Cutts

  • Merry Cemetery - Romania

    You typically don't think of cemeteries as being particularly cheerful, but the Merry Cemetery in Romania – true to its name – is just that. The collection of wooden tombstones commemorate the people buried there with colorful, and sometimes whimsical or humorous, depictions of their lives.

    Photo courtesy of MARIAN Gabriel Constantin

  • Quiet hill in Forest Lawn Memorial Park

    Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Glendale

    Many of Hollywood's most glamorous stars are interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, including Nat "King" Cole, the Marx Brothers, George Burns and Walt Disney. It's also famous for what some would consider to be tacky art spread throughout the grounds – everything from a David replica to a giant mural depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

    Photo courtesy of BCourchesne

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