Top 10 Cemeteries Around The World

November 10, 2013

The most inspiring, beautiful and popular cemeteries to visit.

We always seem to be in a constant waltz with death and death keep switching partners, draining them until they leave, yet somehow new people still stumble into this bizarre activity and the room is crowded.

There is no simple way to talk of death, if you think of your relatives, but on the other hand, it really depends on how you would answer what actually is beyond death; then it becomes a different matter. We all see death differently and we keep the dead close to us, sometimes even when we want to let go.

One of the things which we still hold and keep are cemeteries. We visit them, we go there for inspiration, to visit our loved ones or people we admire, or simply because cemeteries are beautiful and have this hanging weird aura you will never have elsewhere.

Here’s our choice of 10 cemeteries you absolutely must visit across the world:

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris


It’s one of the most famous cemeteries in the world. If you haven’t seen it, you’ll surely want to. Kate Moss and her husband were caught dancing on Jim Morrison’s grave there. If you’ve got a movie set in Paris, the characters will surely wander in and confess next to Oscar Wilde’s tomb. Also Max Ernst, Molière, Èdith Piaf and many others are also buried there.

Westminster Abbey, London


This place isn’t just known for having Royal weddings: it is also a famous cemetery and known as one of the most notable religious places in the United Kingdom. Not only monarchs are buried here, but also notable people such as Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton and others. Winston Churchill is not buried inside the abbey itself, but near its west entrance.

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, VA


Established at Arlington House, it is home to 400.000 American war heroes who gave their lives during every war in American history since the American Civil War – being the only cemetery to do so. It is located in Virginia, specifically on General Robert E. Lee’s confiscated land. Arlington is the focal point of Memorial Day, and on that weekend American flags are planted on the graves.

Kremlin Wall Necropolis, Moscow


A place where Communists were buried during the Russian Revolution, and later on the General Secretaries of the Soviet Union, and Soviet heroes such as Yuri Gagarin and other astronauts. It sits directly behind Lenin’s Mausoleum, and holds the tomb of Joseph Stalin.

Lenin’s Mausoleum, Moscow


A historical monument containing one man who changed many countries, people and history, and should surely on your list if you happen to visit Moscow. Back in the USSR there had always been a huge queue to get inside, and it was prestigious to have seen the great leader. There has been controversy over the fact that perhaps Lenin should be taken out and buried properly, but due to Russia’s communist party’s strikes the decision to keep the mausoleum is still in action and yours to see.

Saint Peter’s Tomb, Vatican


Although St. Peter’s Basilica is most famous as a church than a cemetery, beneath this beautiful building is one of the most beautiful tombs ever, which is said to hold the Apostle Peter. Visits are limited to 250 people per day, and you must book your tour through the Fabbrica de San Pietro, following a schedule set by the Excavations Office.

Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh


Greyfriars is home to Greyfriar’s Bobby, a terrier that spent 14 years guarding his owner grave, and is also considered to be haunted by the Mackenzie Poltergeist. It is not recommended to go by oneself: the warnings say that after you visit it, on the next day do not be surprised by mysterious bruises showing up on your limbs.

Highgate Cemetery, London


This cemetery is famous both for the people buried there and for being a natural reserve. It is also said that Highgate inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. If you visit it, make sure you wear shoes that can put up with a little mud. Highgate is the perfect cemetery for fans of literature: authors interred there include Karl Marx (The Capital), Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy), Henry Gray (Gray’s Anatomy), George Eliot (Middlemarch) and Radclyffe Hall (The Well Of Loneliness).

Isola di San Michele, Venice


This island became a cemetery after the French decreed that burials on the mainland was unsanitary. Bodies are brought to San Michele by special funeral gondolas, and famous people include Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Brodsky, Austrian mathematician Christian Doppler and English author Frederick Rolfe.

Waverley Cemetery, Syndey


Located on the top of a cliff, this cemetery is famous for its well-preserved Victorian and Edwardian monuments, and it is 100% self-funded. Famous people interred there include poet Henry Lawson and Australia’s first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton.

If you think we missed out on something, write a comment telling us what’s the best cemetery to visit in the whole wide world according to you! Don’t forget to log into Trekeffect and plan your visit!

-Mariya Tugayeva

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Maria Tugayeva
Mariya is a Marketing guru and writer, with a world experience from living and growing up in different countries. Her work quote is: "In a word: pleasure. It's like, my pleasure in other people's leisure." -Daniel "Spud" Murphy, Trainspotting

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