November 2 is the day on which the dead are commemorated. On the occasion of this celebration, the agency specialized in guided tours Civitatis has compiled a list of most famous cemeteries in the world. Here are the 10 that are worth a visit
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Among the most famous cemeteries in the world there is certainly the Père-Lachaisein the 20th arrondissement of Paris. Opened in 1804, it covers over 44 hectares. It is one of the major attractions of the city, as well as a resting place for many illustrious personalities: from Jim Morrison to Oscar Wilde, from Édith Piaf to Frédéric Chopin, from Honoré de Balzac to Auguste Comte, up to Marcel Proust
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It is also a popular destination for tourists Cementerio de la Recoleta, in Buenos Aires. A place that combines beauty, culture and Argentine history. Many of the tombs are true works of art, with marble sculptures and many architectural details. The cemetery is surrounded by gardens and parks, frequented by the locals. The most visited tombs are those of Eva Perón, Victoria Ocampo (first woman admitted to the Argentine Academy of Letters), Nobel laureates Carlos Lamas and Luis Federico Leloir
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Also worth a visit Merry cemetery in the small village of Sapanta, Romania. It is colorful and cheerful, with the graves containing an image that tells the life of the buried person and an epitaph, often humorous. Guided tours are also organized, in which the meaning of the sentences is explained
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TheHighgate Cemetery in London, a spectacular cemetery that dates back to 1839. There are rows and rows of graves covered with vegetation and mud. It is considered one of the most haunted cemeteries in the world, with legendary ghosts present. Among the most famous people who rest there are Karl Marx, Douglas Adams (author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”) and George Michael.
In the list there is also the Aoyama cemetery: a quiet place rich in traditions and history, it rises in the midst of the modernity of Tokyo. It is the first public cemetery in the country. It is visited by thousands of people, especially during the cherry blossom season when it gets even more enchanting. One of the most visited tombs is that of Hachikō, the dog who became famous for his loyalty to his master, so much so that he went to the place where the two met for nine years after the man’s death.
We move to Prague: the Jewish cemetery in the Josefov district is one of the attractions of the city. It contains some 15th century tombs, making it one of the oldest in the world. The exact number of people buried is not known, but 12,000 graves are visible. Reference point of the Czech Jewish community, it is a magical and evocative place in any season of the year
The Green-Wood Cemetery in New York, in Brooklyn, is home to original tombs, a movie-worthy porch, large green spaces and a different view of Manhattan. Burial sites to visit include the Hezekiah Pierrepont chapel and memorial and the pyramid-shaped Van Ness Parsons mausoleum
On a trip to the Scottish Highlands, one of the most beautiful regions in Europe, one cannot fail to visit the cathedral of St. Andrewsa small town north of Edinburgh: of the site, built in 1158, remain the splendid remains of the church and the adjoining one graveyardsurrounded by hundreds of centuries-old tombs
One cannot fail to mention the Cementerio general of Santiago, Chile, one of the largest cemeteries in Latin America. Next to the huge Cerro San Cristobal park, it is made up of a glitzy entrance, beautiful statues and grandiose monumental tombs. In the burial site, inaugurated in 1821, there is a memorial for those who disappeared and were executed by the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Salvador Allende is also buried here
We close the list with the Waverley cemeteryperched on the cliffs of Sydney, on the southeastern coast of Australia. White marble angels have been surrounded by a sea of deep blue since 1877. In addition to the impressive statues honoring the buried people, the cemetery offers various viewpoints and a long road surrounded by temples, ending at the ocean.
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