When you hear the word “cemetery,” you might immediately think of death and morbidity. But for other people, the strange and dark places where our dearly departed were laid to their final resting place are quite interesting and even magnetic. For this reason, there are now cemetery tours that take you to some of the most popular graves. If you have the heart and guts to join such weird and morose kinds of excursions, then these are the places to go you should consider:
Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC
Arlington is also a memorial for over 360,000 American veterans. Here, you will find John F. Kennedy’s grave. An attraction to watch out for in this cemetery is the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every spring and summer.
Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Now you know that Paris isn’t only famous for the Eiffel Tower and Louvre. The Pere-Lachaise Cemetery can be considered the most visited in the world, as this is where famous people like Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and Edith Piaf have been laid to rest. It is quite charming that many cemeteries have been modeled after Pere-Lachaise.
Some of the famous personalities buried here are Beethoven, Johann Strauss and Schubert to name a few. Zentralfiedhof is Vienna’s largest and most popular cemetery, where you will find a monumental church in the center.
Cementerio de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires
You probably guessed this is Eva Peron’s resting place. This is why Cementerio de la Recoleta draws thousands of visitors every year. Yet, the cemetery itself is an attraction on its own due to its massive marble statues and grandiose mausoleums.
Sao Joao Batista Cemetery, Rio de Janeiro
Some of the prominent individuals buried here include Antonio Carlos Jobim (who composed “The Girl from Ipanema”), Carmen Miranda and Alberto Santos-Dumont, aviation pioneer. Because of the number of celebrities and famous personalities buried here, Sao Joao Batista Cemetery has been dubbed “the cemetery of the stars.” If you’re one who enjoys exploring bizarre places, then these cemeteries will definitely give you an experience of a lifetime.