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Some of the greatest cemeteries to visit around the world

Some of the greatest cemeteries to visit around the world
16 Oct 2014

Cemeteries may not seem like the first place you would think of visiting when going on holiday to another country, but there really are some beautiful and very peaceful burial grounds that are well worth seeing.

Père-Lachaise - Paris

The Père-Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris and having opened over 200 years ago in 1804, is the resting place for some of the world’s most famous and important figures within the arts and entertainment industry.

‘Groupies’ frequent the resting place of The Doors’ Jim Morrison, while it has become something of a common practice for admirers to leave lipstick kisses on the tomb of author Oscar Wilde. Interestingly, Wilde’s tomb features an Egyptian-style image of a man in flight.

One of the most interesting things about this cemetery is the way in which it has become so ingrained into the local’s lives, as many Parisians use its winding paths as a jogging route.

Arlington National Cemetery - Virginia

Arlington National Cemetery, located just across the Potomac River from Washington, is one of the most important places within American history and is a must-see for those who have taken a trip to the capital.

It is the resting place for more than 14,000 US veterans, as well as The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, and the rows of white headstones contrasted with the bright green grass and tranquillity in the air, is breathtaking and awe-inspiring.

The cemetery is also the resting place of former US president, John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, which attracts millions of visitors each year who come to pay their respects to the late president and see the Eternal Flame, which was lit by Mrs Kennedy during her husband’s funeral. Poignantly, the flame was created through a special apparatus which means it will never die out.

Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Los Angeles

There is something hauntingly beautiful about the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, which, set in the Hollywood Hills, overlooks the Disney Studios, Universal Studios and Warner Bros. It is the resting place for some of Tinseltown’s most famous entertainers and offers you the chance to pay your respects to Hollywood favourites including Bette Davis, Andy Gibb, Brittany Murphy and John Ritter.

While this Forest Lawn Memorial Park is located near Griffith Park, a mere ten minutes away there is the Glendale Forest Lawn Cemetery which is much larger, offering statues of presidents as well as the grave of the late Michael Jackson.

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