Cemeteries are considered to be sacred places in most cultures and countries. Other than gloomy and eerie, cemeteries can often be peaceful and charmingly picturesque. We have compiled a list of some of the most stunning resting places found all over the world, from Paris to Japan, and even underwater. These are our picks.
Number Seven: Waverley Cemetery, Australia
Located on a cliff in Sydney, the Waverley offers stunning views of the blue, sparkling Tasman Sea. The Australian seaside burial ground, which will turn 140 next year, has been featured in a variety of film and TV productions, including Baywatch and Dirty Deeds.
Number Six: Highgate Cemetery, England
Highgate is an spectacular and very popular Victorian attraction in London due to its theatrical-looking Gothic tombs and mausoleums. Pre-booked tours are offered to guide visitors through some of the most iconic gravestones, including those of Karl Marx, Michael Faraday and Douglas Adams.
Number Five: South Park Street Cemetery, India
Founded in 1767, Kolkata’s hauntingly beautiful South Park Street Cemetery provides a glimpse into India’s colonial times. The necropolis’ stone Gothic and Indo-Saracenic monuments are all partially buried in moss and surrounded by tropical vegetation.
Number Four: Okunoin, Japan
Located in the mysterious and divine forest of Mount Koya, known as Shingon Buddhism’s headquarters, Okunin is the largest and most charming cemetery in Japan. Over 200,000 tombstones, 50,000 statues, 10,000 lanterns and 100 temples complete the dramatic-looking graveyard, worth a nighttime visit.
Number Three: Pere Lachaise, France
Père-Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris, and the most visited in the world. The Parisian graveyard is an unparalleled collection of buried human talent, including Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Proust, Édith Piaf and Delacroix. Over two million people visit the 19th Century cimetière every year!
Number Two: Aoyama Cemetery, Japan
Tokyo’s Aoyama Cemetery looks best during the Hanami season, when the stunning cherry blossom takes place. One of the most notable residents in the graveyard is Hachiko, the loyal dog who waited for his deceased owner to return from work for nine years. Aoyama, located in the borough of Minato, was the first municipal cemetery ever established in the city.
Number One: Neptune Memorial Reef, Florida
The Neptune Memorial is an environmentally-friendly, man-made reef located underwater, three miles off Key Biscayne. Ocean lovers can choose the Neptune as their eternal resting place, which offers alternative burial options for cremated remains. Scuba-divers, snorkelers and tourists are welcome to visit the reef at any time. Thanks for reading!