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travel, photography and musings on cemeteries, memorials, and other monuments

Site 122: The Burial Mounds of Nara

Japan is an old country, and it’s capital has moved a few times. Of course now it’s currently in Tokyo, but before that was Kyoto, and before that was Nara. The establishment of the Heijō Palace palace in Nara in 538 is what is considered the beginning of the Asuka period Continue reading “Site 122: The Burial Mounds of Nara”

Site 121: Koyasan’s Okunoin Cemetery

If you know of any cemetery in Japan, it’s probably this one. Okunoin often features on the top 10 or 20 best/most beautiful cemeteries in the world to visit, and it definitely deserves a place on those lists. I first came here on New Years Eve 2001 with some friends, as they ring Continue reading “Site 121: Koyasan’s Okunoin Cemetery”

Site 120: Bishamondo Temple Cemetery

Ever notice that when you live close to a place, you kind of take it for granted? I guess you could say that’s the story of my life. I live in Kyoto but I rarely go out to explore what this city has to offer, something I’m sure most people understand – it’s hard to be a tourist in Continue reading “Site 120: Bishamondo Temple Cemetery”

Site 119: Kyoto’s Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple

Ah, hanami season. The cherry blossoms are in bloom, and so are the tourists. It’s Kyoto after all. I love living here, it has so many wonderful places to visit, but…during certain times of the year, namely March and April, and all of November, this can be a difficult place to get Continue reading “Site 119: Kyoto’s Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple”

Site 118: Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia

Two girls were lying on the floor when I entered the basilica. Did they do it on purpose, or were they so overcome by the beauty of the light that enveloped every square inch of the interior that they lost control of their legs? It’s probably the former but I’d like to think Continue reading “Site 118: Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia”

Site 117: Cemetery Vilafranca del Penedès

I decided to do a day trip out of Barcelona but had a hard time deciding where to go. Girona, Figueres, Montserrat, and Stiges tend to be the most popular places, but by this stage in my travels my body was like “enough!” – which meant that by the time I actually Continue reading “Site 117: Cemetery Vilafranca del Penedès”

Site 116: Barcelona’s Montjuïc Cemetery

Wow wow wow. This place is amazing. I don’t why this isn’t considered a major tourist attraction, the funerary art and architecture here is stunning. It hits you right as you enter the main gate at the bottom of the hill, and continues right to the top of the mountain, Continue reading “Site 116: Barcelona’s Montjuïc Cemetery”

Site 115: Barcelona’s Poblenou Cemetery

Barcelona. Home of two of the world’s best cemeteries, Poblenou and Montjuïc. I have wanted to come to Spain to photograph these two cemeteries specifically. After grabbing a quick lunch after arriving in Barcelona, my first (and only) stop of Continue reading “Site 115: Barcelona’s Poblenou Cemetery”

Site 114: Madrid’s Santa Maria Cemetery

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Santa Maria Cemetery. It was less than a five minute walk from St. Isidro, and had the added benefit of being open later than the other cemeteries, but other than that I didn’t know much about it. It’s inside St. Isidro park, and next to a funeral home Continue reading “Site 114: Madrid’s Santa Maria Cemetery”

Site 113: Madrid’s St. Isidro Cemetery

The forecast called for sun this afternoon, but in the end, I visited two cemeteries in the rain. I would have visited more, but I planned (or in this case, didn’t plan) badly. I assumed that most cemeteries would be open until at least 4 p.m. (but most likely 6), but I was Continue reading “Site 113: Madrid’s St. Isidro Cemetery”

Site 112: Spain’s Valley of the Fallen

Last month I went to a Dark Tourism conference in Amsterdam where I saw a number of presentations from people studying various aspects of what is commonly known as “dark tourism,” although most sites under that umbrella don’t like to be considered as such Continue reading “Site 112: Spain’s Valley of the Fallen”

Site 111: San Lorenzo de El Escorial

I visited two sites today, ones that are closely linked in distance, but not in spirit: the royal burial site of El Escorial and the monumental church/burial place at the Valley of the Fallen, raised by former dictator Francisco Franco. I don’t normally join tours, Continue reading “Site 111: San Lorenzo de El Escorial”

Site 110: Madrid’s Almudena Cemetery

Welcome to the Cementerio de Nuestra Señora de La Almudena, one of the largest cemeteries in Europe. I spent the afternoon here and even then I barely scratched the surface. I’m not sure how to describe this cemetery – there are large gates and fences that leave Continue reading “Site 110: Madrid’s Almudena Cemetery”

Site 109: Lisbon’s Pantheon (Santa Engrácia)

The 17th-century Church of Santa Engrácia became Lisbon’s pantheon in the 20th century in order to honour the country’s most illustrious people. It’s located in the Almafa district of the city, an area full of tiny winding streets that go up pretty steeply up the hill. Continue reading “Site 109: Lisbon’s Pantheon (Santa Engrácia)”

Site 108: Lisbon’s Ajuda Cemetery

I thought perhaps I would give this cemetery a miss, as it was closed on Saturday and I had plans to go to Evora on Sunday. But I woke up not feeling well (perhaps the lingering effects of all the bug bites I had received a few days earlier) and the idea of travelling on the train Continue reading “Site 108: Lisbon’s Ajuda Cemetery”

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