Go find out why, we are often fascinated by cemeteries. Maybe because it makes us feel alive, or just because we’re all a bit depressed goth. To cheer up, here are the 10 cemeteries that send wood (a priori it’s fir) around the world.
1. Sapanta Merry Cemetery
Death is sad enough not to add a layer to it. That’s good, since this unorthodox cemetery, even if it is in Romania, hosts nearly 800 perky blue steles, on which have been engraved scenes from the life of the deceased, even the circumstances of his disappearance. Everything is often accompanied by a few strokes of humor and other jokes about his life. A cemetery that makes you smile, even if you don’t understand a word of Romanian (band of suckers).
2. A cliff-hanging cemetery in the Philippines
In the Sagada tribe (tsouin tsouin), everyone makes their own coffin before dying (because afterwards it’s more complicated). Once deceased, the coffin then hangs on a cliff alongside its ancestors, some of whom have been perched there for hundreds of years.
3. The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo
The first body to have been mummified and placed in these catacombs dates from the end of the 16th century. Today, more than 8,000 mummies can be seen there, arranged in galleries according to different categories: men, women, children, priests, virgins… Most have been embalmed in their everyday attire, sometimes even staged. everyday life, like these two children sitting together on a rocking chair. These catacombs have been open to the public since the 80s, but there is talk of limiting visits to avoid the deterioration of the bodies due to the carbon dioxide emitted by these big selfish living people.
4. The Mount of Olives Cemetery in Jerusalem
Arguably the most VIP cemeteries in the world. Almost impossible to be accepted there if you are not from the region, or if you do not have a God among your family. All because a certain JC would be resuscitated in the area. A buzz that has lasted for 2000 years. Even the best videos of cats kicking their ass won’t last that long.
5. San Michele Cemetery in Venice
In the 19th century, Napoleon decided that it would henceforth be forbidden to bury the deceased directly in Venice. Which by the way, for a city that sits on water, isn’t totally silly. Since then, all the dead of the city are transported to the island of San Michele in gondolas (but they pay less than the tourists). On the other hand, here it is impossible to find eternal rest, the lease is 10 years renewable. Beyond that, it is direct expropriation. An island filled with the dead, frankly it can be visited.
6. A cemetery of colorful wooden houses in Eklutna, Alaska
According to the local funeral tradition, when a person dies, they are buried with a blanket that covers their grave. However, are not chilly in the corner if? After a few days, we build a small wooden cabin the size of a doll’s house on top, which we paint in the colors of the family (by the way, what is your family’s color by the way? ). These last dwellings are not intended to last. After a few years, they crumble into dust and are left as they are.
7. The Gladiator Cemetery in the City of Ephesus in Turkey
A Greek cemetery in Turkey in which there are Roman gladiators… Let no one come and say after that that Europe has no reason to exist. Even in antiquity, the types had already understood everything. Okay, it was more invaders than anything, but still, there was an idea. In short, the city of Ephesus or at least what remains of it, is worth a look, especially for its gladiator cemetery. The first in history in which archaeologists discovered 67 bodies of young warriors (between 20 and 30 years old) who had fallen in battle in Roman arenas.
8. A cemetery in a restaurant in Ahmadabad, India
The story behind this establishment is absolutely bonkers, the kind that can only happen in India. A certain Krishnan Kutti buys a piece of land one day to build his restaurant. At the beginning of the work, he discovered several tombs and tombstones. Out of respect for the deceased or out of simple marketing opportunism, the restaurateur decides not to touch it and to build his establishment around the cemetery, his customers dining in the middle of the headstones.
9. A cemetery in a tree in Indonesia
If you think about it, funeral rites always look a bit like anything, depending on whether or not you share the same beliefs. That of the Indonesian tribe of Toraja is as such, no more eccentric than another. While she usually buries her dead in the hollow of a cliff, she places the bodies of deceased children in the trunk of a tree and makes a small door so that she can then access it. A good start for a horror movie.
10. An anonymous cemetery of American soldiers executed for war crimes in the Oise
Military cemeteries do not always honor fallen soldiers. It also sometimes happens that people are buried here whom history wishes to forget. Like these 94 soldiers guilty of war crimes (rape, murder) during the Second World War, who were executed and buried anonymously in section E of the Seringes-et-Nesles cemetery. No name, no flag comes to honor their memory. Only a numbered stone the size of a cobblestone reminds us of their presence.