Cemetery/Gravestone Photos - "I Told You I Was Sick"

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  1. cheepneezy
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    I'm not sure where the cemetery discussion took place, but I thought I was the only one who enjoyed snapping photos of cemeteries and gravestones I've visited while I travel.

    So here, let's post photos of interesting/beautiful/not so beautiful cemeteries, gravestones, epitaphs, famous graves, mistakes, etc.

    City of Savannah, GA - Colonial Park Cemetery

    Notice the dates and do the math. The story I've read is Confederate soldiers camped out in the cemetery during the war and had a little 'fun.'

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    Grafton Cemetery, Grafton, UT

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    For me, cemeteries are museums of stonework, but then I have a professional interest. I visit them wherever and whenever I can. At first Mrs. Gargoyle thought it was very strange, until one year we were at a stone industry trade fare in New Orleans. At breakfast someone asked what we were doing that day, and she nervously said that I wanted to go to a cemetery. Six people responded simultaneously and excitedly, to tell us that they had gone to cemeteries the previous day; and they proceeded to give us suggestions. That's when she realized that perhaps I wasn't that abnormal.

    These photos are from Camposanto di Staglieno in Genoa, the largest outdoor sculpture museum in Europe and the finest collection anywhere of late 19th and early 20th Century Italian marble sculpture. I wrote a book about it in 2009, and I'm developing a non profit to assist the city of Genoa with their restoration efforts. I'll add more from here and elsewhere downthread.

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    Yes, this eagle wing is hand chiseled from a block of marble
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    More on Staglieno and Italian cemeteries later. On a different vein, this is from Plainfield, Illinois, carved from a block of limestone in 1886. The entire cabin is from one10-ton block; the chimney is a separate piece. That's Mrs. Gargoyle, who now enjoys visiting cemeteries almost as much as I do.

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    From Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

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    So much detail has worn away after the years of weather and wear, but you can still see the expression on her face.
     
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    In Paris, plague victims were buried in the catacombs beneath the city in past centuries. Their skulls and bones are still there and can be seen on a tour of the catacombs.

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    The nice arrangement of bones was only done in the touristy part of the catacombs.

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    A couple from the Russian Orthodox graveyard on Unalaska Island in the Aleutians...

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    (Background structures are WW2 army huts)

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    Don't tell Hillary!
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    Greenhill Cemetery, Bedford, Indiana
     
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    Jim Morrison, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

    There was a crowd there, the security guards were becoming belligerent, and this was the best shot I could get to show all the things that people had left there that day.
     
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    Kinda says it all....[​IMG]

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    St.Peter's cemetary, Salzburg, Austria. There are some interesting plots along the grounds, most of them well-tended mini gardens.
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    Not really a cementary gravesstone but roadside memorials from Greece. These memorials are erected where the deceased made an unfortunate decision. In some cases trying to see if their car could fly. The inside has items that family and friends have placed to be used in the afterlife..

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    I've already posted this in the Buenos Aires picture thread, but I think it's appropriate here:

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    Another shot from Pere Lachaise . . . Prometheus. I can only imagine what the person to whom this monument was made must have been like, but I think I would have liked him.
     
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    Viareggio, Italy, noted for it's Liberty (Italian Art Nouveau) architecture.
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    More family mausoleums from Viareggio, Italy.
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    These are very significant architectural structures, showing the value families put on having a unique resting place.
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    Bluff Creek Fen Cemetery, Elgin, IL
    "first white child"
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    Zagreb. Statue of a woman Zagreb-cemetery-woman-statue.jpg

    Zagreb. It was interesting how there was no separation between the Jewish and Christian sections of this cemetery; I'm used to Italian cemeteries, where typically there is a small walled off Jewish section, owned by and cared for by the local Jewish community, within a larger public cemetery.

    Note the Star of David to the right of this angel. Many of the memorials had a list of names, some with a cross, some with the star, indicating intermarriage and conversions. Often names had a Star of David by the birth date, and a Cross by the date of death, indicating the person had been born Jewish and converted. Judging by the dates, many of these conversions occurred during WWII, probably as a way to avoid being slaughtered.
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    Zagreb- This one has three symbols; the cross, the Star of David, and a five pointed star. I don't know what the 5-pointed star symbolizes.
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    Zagreb- memorial with propellor

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    Mausoleum at Pere Lachaise
     
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    Some from a the cemetery outside of Chiclayo, Peru. IMG_0738.jpg IMG_0741.jpg IMG_0751.jpg IMG_0754.jpg
     
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    Gravesite and monument to a young girl at Pere Lachaise.
     
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    Oscar Wilde's grave and monument at Pere Lachaise

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    So many interesting symbols on this metal door to a family mausoleum at Pere LaChaise Cemetery. The grape vines and clusters can be symbols of Christ and the blood of Christ, while the bat can be a symbol of the underworld, death, and misfortune. The winged hourglass refers to tempus fugit, or time flying. The shrouded head represents grief and mourning.
     
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    Doors to a family mausoleum at Pere Lachaise cemetery. I've seen the same style angels on other mausoleums at Pere Lachaise and other cemeteries in Paris.
     
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