The probability of life after death is almost certainly a perpetual mystery. We don’t really know what happens after life on earth ends expect for conjectures from various quarters. Throughout history and across cultures, the final resting places of humans have been scared and holy. Whether the pyramids of Egypt or the Mausoleums of the Middle-East or the Cemeteries of the West; the significance remains the same with each being associated and treated with dignity and value. Read below to find out about some of the cemeteries in the world known for their endless dignity.
10. Assistens Kirkegard, Copenhagen:
It is the burial site of a number of notable Danish personalities. The cemetery was inaugurated in the year 1760. It is one of Copenhagen’s most popular tourist attractions. Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Niels Bohr and Christen Købke are some of the personalities whose last resting place is this very cemetery.
9. Mount Auburn Cemetery, Massachusetts:
It was America’s first garden cemetery situated in Massachusetts with rolling hills, imposing maple and oak trees, and formal gardens. Founded in the year 1831, the tombs in this cemetery are set in a landscaped terrain. Henry Wordsworth Longfellow and Winslow Homer are some of those buried in this cemetery. This rural styled cemetery was actually inspired by Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
8. Zentralfriedhof, Vienna:
Zentralfriedhof or the Central Cemetery is situated in Vienna and is among the largest cemeteries in the world. It opened in 1874 on the outskirts of Vienna and is called central due to its significance and not its location within Vienna. Composers Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss are buried here apart from over 3.3 million other souls. This cemetery is also known for having sections for Catholic, Protestant, Russian Orthodox and Jewish burials.
7. Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow:
Novodevichy Cemetery is the most famous cemetery in Moscow. It was inaugurated in the year 1898 and is known for having survived the Joseph Stalin era when the some of the medieval Muscovite monasteries were scheduled for demolition. The first President of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin and Anton Chekhov are among the famous men buried there.
6. Highgate Cemetery, London:
It is a cemetery situated in London which is the resting place of over 170,000 souls. It is divided into two parts- East and West cemetery and is also a designated nature reserve. It opened back in the year 1839. The most famous burial site in this cemetery is of Karl Marx. Apart from him many other notable personalities like George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross) also have the Highgate Cemetery as their final resting place.
5. Oak Ridge Cemetery, Illinois:
The Oak Ridge Cemetery is situated in Springfield, Illinois. It is the second most popular and visited cemetery in the United States after the Arlington National Cemetery. Its most illustrious is perhaps the Lincoln’s Tomb which is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife and all but one of his children. The Cemetery has memorials for the Korean War, World War II and the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial too.
4. Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C.:
The Arlington National Cemetery is situated directly across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. It holds great significance in American Military History, it being a Military Cemetery. Veterans and military causalities from the American Civil War up until the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have been laid to rest in this historic place. John F. Kennedy is one of the notable men buried in this Garden of remembrance.
3. Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris:
Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris and is also the world’s most visited cemetery. It is a site of World War I memorials and the resting place of some of the most celebrated personalities for over two centuries. Tombs of famous men like Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison are among the most visited in this burial ground. It is filled with trees, marble, and a sea of gravestones and covers so much area that guided tours are also available for those interested.
2. Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence:
Basilica di Santa Croce is the burial place of some of the most celebrated Italians. It is situated in Florence, Italy on the Piazza di Santa Croce, about 800 metres south west of the Duomo. Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini are all buried in Basilica di Santa Croce giving it the name Temple of the Italian Glories.
1. Westminster Abbey, London:
The Westminster Abbey apart from being the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster is also the burial site for British and monarchs of the Commonwealth realms. Monarchs and Aristocrats have been buried in this historical site. Poets, writers and musicians like William Blake, John Milton, William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson and more have been buried in the Poets’ Corner in the Abbey.