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September 2015

This is the end…of my cemetery tour (for now)

…of my European cemetery trip. I didn’t see as many cemeteries as I had hoped, but I did visit more than I had realistically planned. Overall I was happy with the places that I visited, but it also left me wanting to see more (especially in Italy). Continue reading “This is the end…of my cemetery tour (for now)”

Site 23: London’s Postman’s Park

While no longer a cemetery, Postman’s Park was always on my list of places to visit while in London, but it was a last minute decision to visit it at the end of a long day. I wanted to go when the light would be right but the Continue reading “Site 23: London’s Postman’s Park”

Site 22: London’s Old St Pancras Churchyard

So when I was at Highgate I picked up a couple of books, one of which was called “31 London Cemeteries to see before you die.” Despite the problematic title I found it to be really useful, and it led me to the Old St Pancras Churchyard, which is famous for Continue reading “Site 22: London’s Old St Pancras Churchyard”

Site 21: London’s Brompton Cemetery

With only a few days left in my massive cemetery trip, I was suffering from cemetery burn-out. I had hoped to visit all 7 of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries, but with a sore foot and rainy weather (plus cemetery fatigue) I knew that it probably Continue reading “Site 21: London’s Brompton Cemetery”

Site 20: London’s Abney Park Cemetery

When asked about their favourite London cemeteries, many people will either mention Kensal Green or Abney Park. Having already been to the former I was eager to see what Abney Park was like. This cemetery, from the outside, looks like many Continue reading “Site 20: London’s Abney Park Cemetery”

Site 19: London’s Highgate East Cemetery

I know, I know. Highgate Cemetery is one cemetery separated by a road, and entrance/tour fees. However, as they are treated separately – one is by guided tour, one is open to explore – I want to consider them separately as well. I also find that when people speak Continue reading “Site 19: London’s Highgate East Cemetery”

Site 18: London’s Highgate West Cemetery

Eight years ago I was in London for an interview with the Government of Canada, and I was really excited that I would finally be able to go to Highgate Cemetery, which had been on my wish list for some time. Unfortunately, for reasons I won’t get into here, Continue reading “Site 18: London’s Highgate West Cemetery”

Site 17: London’s Kensal Green Cemetery

After arriving in London on the Eurostar I met up with some fellow photographers and we headed over to Kensal Green Cemetery, the first of the “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries to be created in London to help deal with the massive overcrowding Continue reading “Site 17: London’s Kensal Green Cemetery”

Site 16: Paris’ Montparnasse Cemetery

Montparnasse Cemetery, the second-largest of Paris’ old garden cemeteries, is just a few minutes walk from Montparnasse Tower. It was a beautiful and sunny when I arrived in the afternoon – not my favourite elements for a photographing a cemetery, but my Continue reading “Site 16: Paris’ Montparnasse Cemetery”

Site 15: Paris’ Pet Cemetery

One of the oldest pet cemeteries in the world is in Paris, and I knew that I had to visit it on this trip. Le Cimetière des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques is located just outside of Paris along the banks of the Seine – it really is an idyllic location for all of the loved animals Continue reading “Site 15: Paris’ Pet Cemetery”

Site 14: Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise – the grandaddy of all Parisian cemeteries. This was the first big garden cemetery that paved the way for virtually every large cemetery (in the western world) that was created in the 19th century. It was revolutionary at the time – Napoleon basically took burials Continue reading “Site 14: Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery”

Site 13: Paris’ Montmartre Cemetery

Paris. It’s been a while since I’ve been here. It’s nice being back, although it seems that nothing has changed here all that much, but that perhaps I’ve changed more than I thought since the last I was here. I can barely remember the person who first explored this city and its cemeteries Continue reading “Site 13: Paris’ Montmartre Cemetery”

Site 12: Kutna Hora’s Ossuary 

If you’ve been to Prague then you have probably heard about the ossuary in Kutna Hora, about an hour’s train ride out of Prague. The history of this site goes way back*. A monastery was built in 1142, and in 1278 the abbot of the monastery brought back some soil from Golgotha Continue reading “Site 12: Kutna Hora’s Ossuary “

Site 11: Prague’s Olšany Cemetery

When most people think of cemeteries in Prague, they think of the Old Jewish Cemetery. But the city has plenty of other old cemeteries to visit. One of those is the Olšany Cemetery, which originally started as a place to bury plague victims. Continue reading “Site 11: Prague’s Olšany Cemetery”

Site 10: Prague’s Old Jewish Cemetery

Ever since I first saw photographs of this cemetery I knew I had to visit it. In fact, even though Prague has a lot to offer, for me, this was its biggest draw. The thousands of moss-covered gravestones, standing, tilted, fallen, leaning on one another… Continue reading “Site 10: Prague’s Old Jewish Cemetery”

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