Famous cemeteries around the world

Famous Cemeteries Around The World

Believe it or not cemeteries have become very popular attractions. To some, this might sound a bit odd, while others may find this downright creepy. However, if you are in the area, we highly recommend that you check out some of the following famous cemeteries. Cemeteries are an educational experience, as you learn about the history and which war hero, famous musician or politician was laid to rest on those sacred grounds. Some cemeteries may contain the prettiest gardens you’ll ever walk through. Others will hold breathtaking views of the skyline. 

Waverly Cemetery
Waverly Cemetery rests along the coast of Australia, offering magnificent views of the skyline.

Waverly Cemetery Sydney, Australia

Since the iconic cemetery opened in 1877, more than 85,000 people have been laid to rest on the cliffs of Australia’s famous rugged coast. The cemetery is known for the Victorian and Edwardian monuments that stand above the graves of cricket legend Victor Trumper, poet Henry Lawson, and more than 200 war veterans. In 1979, Waverly Cemetery was used to film a Mel Gibson film, Tim.

Okunoin Cemetery Mount Koya, Japan

A night in Mount Koya is filled with many beautiful must see sights but none more so than Okunoin Cemetery. which has been designated by the UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. Mount Koya was also the birthplace of Kobo Daishi, creator of Shingon Buddhism, more than 1,200 years ago and is widely regarded as one of the most sacred places in the country.

The Merry Cemetery
Colorful tombstones and detailed paintings tell the story of the deceased.

The Merry Cemetery Sapanta, Romania

Now this cemetery is a must-see. The Merry Cemetery is very unique in that each tombstone displays a rather poetic story of the one buried beneath. The colorful stones and paintings tell a story about the person’s life whether they were involved in an accident, were ill, or just a farmer.

Neptune Memorial Reef Key Biscayne, Florida

Yeah scuba diving is fun – swimming with fish and finding hidden underwater treasures. But what about swimming up to an underwater cemetery? Neptune Memorial Reef is a man-made reef inspired by the lost city of Atlantis. People’s cremated ashes are mixed with cement to create columns or statutes. If you feel like that could be a bit much, you can be molded into a starfish or sea shell. 

Cimetière du Père Lachaise
One of the most visited cemeteries in the world. More than 3 million visitors a year.

Cimetière du Père Lachaise Paris, France

The world’s most visited cemetery, Père Lachaise in Paris, receives more than 3.5 million visitors each year — nearly the same number of people that visit the Empire State Building in the same amount of time. The list of famous people now buried there includes Jim Morrison, Frederic Chopin, Marcel Proust, Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani, and Oscar Wilde. Wilde’s tomb is one of the cemetery’s most famous tombs and is covered in lipstick kisses from admirers around the world.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Los Angeles, California

Founded in 1899 as Hollywood Cemetery, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles. This cemetery is famous for the number of directors, writers and performers in Hollywood history that were laid to rest on these grounds. Live concerts and movie screenings are a norm for this place too!

So you see, visiting a cemetery may not be as creepy as you think. There is so much to learn and see in a cemetery. This list of famous cemeteries around the world is just a fraction of what’s out there. Interested in finding out more? Click here. Ever wonder if maybe you have a distant relative buried in one of these cemeteries? VitalChek offers fast and secure services for all your official document needs. Need a copy of a death certificate? VitalChek is here to help. 

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