Interesting Cemeteries Part Two…
One of the most interesting cemeteries we have visited was the Novdevichye Cemetery in Moscow, it featured graves with life-sized bronze statues of the deceased performing their job in life. It was quite bizarre wandering through seeing soldiers with telephones to their ears, airmen standing in front of a plane and my personal favourite an obstetrician with a newborn baby. You can see the photos here…
Arlington National Cemetery (USA)
Julie from Fun in Fairfax Va
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of over 320,000 men and women who honorably served the United States, from the Civil War to recent conflicts. It’s a special place, solemn and heart-breaking, but beautiful and inspiring too. Buses are available, but a long walk through the cemetery is the best way to visit and honor the dead. Historic stops include the Tomb of the Unknown, the John F. Kennedy gravesite, and Arlington House, where a vault holds 1,800 casualties of the first major battle of the U.S. Civil War. Most profound are the rows upon rows of the graves of fallen heroes.
Tyn Cot Cemetery Ypres (Belgium)
Rachel from Rachel’s Ruminations
Sometimes the numbers that are bandied about when we talk about wars—several hundred thousand killed in the Ypres Salient in World War I—make it difficult to comprehend what they mean. The numbers represent people, yet we can’t really picture several hundred thousand people.
Tyne Cot cemetery, in Zonnebeke, Belgium, is the resting place of about 60,000 British servicemen who died in the brutal trench warfare of the Ypres Salient in World War I. Strolling its neat rows of white gravestones was a sobering experience for me. The sheer number of stones, and the knowledge that it is one of more than 150 cemeteries here in the Ypres Salient, was for me a step in comprehending the overwhelming nature of the series of battles that happened here.
Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Jon from Jon is Travelling
This cemetery in central Buenos Aires is like a small town. There is a network of lanes and walkways lined with intricate mausoleums, where some of Argentina’s most famous people are resting in peace (or maybe they are annoyed at all the tourists constantly bothering them). Recoleta Cemetery dates back to the early 1800s and is now one of Buenos Aires’ top tourist attractions (BBC and CNN both rate it as one of the best cemeteries in the world). We strolled around for over an hour, exploring “streets” full of houses for the dead – I even got to climb up a maintenance ladder (a fellow tourist tipped me off that it was a great place for a photo) and saw the maze of crosses, statues and mausoleums from above.
Yanaka Cemetery, Tokyo (Japan)
Mary J0 from Traveling with MJ
Because of the extremely high price of property in Tokyo cemeteries, not uncommonly reaching the price of millions of yen, cremation has become common. The burial of ashes follows elaborate traditions and rituals, and small temples are erected that feature characters representing the five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Spirit. As these elements influenced your life, so they will care for you in the afterlife. Memorial services are held on multiple days during the first 100 days after death, and then again on the 1st, 2nd, 6th, 12th, and 32nd year following the death. Yanaka Cemetery is well known for its cherry blossoms, and in April the walkways are covered by the blossoms.
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