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6 Cemeteries Worth Visiting

Halloween may still be a month away but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to get in touch with the eerier side of things. Cemeteries often invoke macabre sentiments when in reality, they’re treasure troves of historical information, stunning works of art, and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. From famous burial sites to hidden gems, a guide to the top cemeteries worth visiting.

Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
Forest Lawn is many things but your average cemetery is not one of them. Incredible views, picturesque scenery, an onsite museum that has hosted Matisse and Rembrandt exhibits… oh, and burial plots as well. This is where Michael Jackson was laid to rest (in a $30,000 gold-plated Promethean casket), as well as Walt Disney, Sammy Davis, Jr, George Burns, and Humphrey Bogart. Trolley and walking tours are available (many of them themed), and there are frequently special events taking place on the grounds.

Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Paris, France
Year after year, devoted fans and casual visitors alike make the voyage to Père-Lachaise, the Parisian cemetery featuring cobblestone paths, beautiful sculptures, and the burial sites of several famous figures. Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde’s graves are consistently popular but be sure to take some time to explore the rest of the cemetery as it boasts seriously beautiful art, meaningful memorials, and an experience you’ll find hard to replicate anywhere else.

La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Situated in Buenos Aires, La Recoleta covers 14 acres and features 4691 above-ground vaults including the tomb of Eva Peron. It is well worth the trip, if only to take in the incredible monuments, elaborate sculptures (including one of boxer Luis Angel Firpo), and other elaborate tributes to the dead. 94 of the vaults are National Historical Monuments, meaning that they fall under protection of the state. Others have fallen into a state of disrepair which only adds to the visual experience that is La Recoleta.

Bob Marley Mausoleum, Nine Mile, Jamaica
While it’s not necessarily a cemetery, the Bob Marley Mausoleum ought to be a must-see on any Jamaican getaway. Two mausoleums house the remains of Mama Marley and of Bob and his half-brother. Engaging tours are led around the site, offering hardcore Marley fans and neophytes alike the chance to learn more about the master of reggae and take in the sites that influenced his art. Want to take a bit of the experience home with you? Stop by the onsite gift shop before calling it a day.

Arlington National CemeteryArlington, Virginia, USA
Home of John F. Kennedy’s grave (and those of his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and two of their children) is the most popular site in this sprawling cemetery, which also features the final resting spot of over 40,000 service members, several presidents, and the unmissable Tomb of the Unknowns. The experience to be had at Arlington National Cemetery is a sombre one that puts a lot of things into perspective. For this reason, and many others, it absolutely shouldn’t be missed.

Old Jewish Cemetery, Josefov, Prague, Czech Republic
With grave markers dating back to 1439, this historical gem features a seemingly chaotic cluster of graves, crowded onto a grassy lawn, in various states of disrepair. The cemetery only ran until 1787, meaning that everything you see is truly old. There are 12 layers of graves, as a result of Jewish laws prohibiting the destruction of graves, so when space ran out, new layers of earth were simply added to accommodate the extra bodies.

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