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travel, photography and musings on cemeteries, memorials, and other dark sites

Site 198: Merv’s Tombs and Mausoleums

Although it is not much more than dusty ruins now, the city of Merv has had its share of prosperity and destruction over the centuries. People had first settled in this area over 4000 years ago. It was once (maybe) visited by Alexander the Great (and named after him Continue reading “Site 198: Merv’s Tombs and Mausoleums”

Site 197: Baku’s Alley of Honor

Not far from Baku’s Martyr’s Lane is another cemetery known as the Alley of Honor. This cemetery is not for regular people, rather it is for the famous, important, and illustrious Azerbaijani people, including former Presidents, politicians, musicians, actors, singers, Continue reading “Site 197: Baku’s Alley of Honor”

Site 196: Baku’s Martyrs’ Alley

One of the reasons I like visiting cemeteries and other memorials is that I learn some history that passed me by, either during my own lifetime (or often before it). I was still in high school when the Soviet Union broke up, but was really only aware of the larger Continue reading “Site 196: Baku’s Martyrs’ Alley”

Site 195: Kyrgyzstan’s Burana Tower

Kyrgyzstan is one of the real highlights of Central Asia. I had heard from a few people who visited how beautiful the landscapes were, and they weren’t wrong. The mountains, valleys, lakes, and animals (yaks, cows, horses, sheep, and eagles) all made for some Continue reading “Site 195: Kyrgyzstan’s Burana Tower”

Site 194: Almaty’s Memorials

Almaty is hardly known as a tourist destination, and that’s how I like it. Even though it lies at the far eastern edge of Central Asia, it has a very European feel to it, as evidenced by its grand leafy boulevards, impressive buildings, and the many monuments Continue reading “Site 194: Almaty’s Memorials”

Iconic Statue: The Angel of Grief

A female angel draped over a monument in a moment of overwhelming grief. This seems to be common motif in many a cemetery around the world, yet every version of this statue originates with the statue created by the sculptor William Story for his wife Continue reading “Iconic Statue: The Angel of Grief”

Iconic Statue: The Monteverde Angel

As someone who has visited her fair share of cemeteries, several facts become apparent after a while. The first is that most statues in cemeteries tend to be copies. Within a particular cemetery you may see one or ten or even fifty copies (or near copies) of the same statue. Continue reading “Iconic Statue: The Monteverde Angel”

Site 193: Copenhagen’s Assistens Cemetery

One thing that’s true of the grand cemeteries of Europe is that they often contain the graves of famous artists, writers, musicians, philosophers, politicians, and more. Assistens Cemetery is no different. Although this cemetery first started as a burial Continue reading “Site 193: Copenhagen’s Assistens Cemetery”

Site 192: London’s West Norwood Cemetery

The last time I was in London I only managed to visit 4 of the Magnificent 7 cemeteries –  Abney Park, Brompton, Kensal Green, and Highgate West and East– and vowed that I would visit the other three the next time I was there. However, as I was in the UK Continue reading “Site 192: London’s West Norwood Cemetery”

Site 191: Luss Parish Churchyard

As you drive north from Glasgow into the highlands of Scotland, you might pass what is one of Scotland’s most picturesque village, Luss. The village is located on Loch Lomond and is very popular with tourists. In the middle of town lies the church, surrounded Continue reading “Site 191: Luss Parish Churchyard”

Site 190: Glasgow’s Ramshorn Graveyard

Site 189: Glasgow’s Necropolis

After some lovely weather in Edinburgh, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by the grey clouds and drizzle that greeted me on my first day in Glasgow. Luckily it wasn’t windy or raining that hard, which meant a nice easy day of exploring Glasgow’s Continue reading “Site 189: Glasgow’s Necropolis”

Site 188: Edinburgh’s Dean Cemetery

Even though I always had Dean Cemetery on my list of cemeteries to visit in Edinburgh, it always seemed a distant second to other more well-known cemeteries, like Greyfriars Kirkyard. Yet this cemetery turned out to be a hidden treasure and certainly Continue reading “Site 188: Edinburgh’s Dean Cemetery”

Site 187: Edinburgh Castle’s Dog Cemetery

One of the most iconic places to visit in Edinburgh is its castle, which dominates the skyline from almost everywhere you go in the city. The castle itself is interesting to visit in and of its own right – including the prison where many prisoners were kept, Continue reading “Site 187: Edinburgh Castle’s Dog Cemetery”

Site 186: Edinburgh’s St. Cuthbert’s Burial Ground

As I was walking towards Edinburgh Castle, a cemetery at the base of the hill caught my eye and I knew I would have to go there once my visit to the top of the hill was finished. This was of course St Cuthbert’s Burial Ground, a cemetery that has been Continue reading “Site 186: Edinburgh’s St. Cuthbert’s Burial Ground”

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