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February 2018

Site 104: Porto’s Cemitério da Lapa

This is one of Porto’s private cemeteries that survived the ban on private ones in the 19th century. This was probably due not only to the wealthy who were buried here, but was also due to the fact that it was on higher ground, far away from most homes (at the time). However, Continue reading “Site 104: Porto’s Cemitério da Lapa”

Site 103: The Catacombs of São Francisco

One of the most amazing interiors I have ever seen in a church is that of São Francisco’s in Porto. The carvings are astounding and it’s a place where you could just sit and observe and be awed. Over 100kg of gold leaf was used inside here, and at one point they closed the church Continue reading “Site 103: The Catacombs of São Francisco”

Site 102: Porto’s Prado do Repouso

Plink plink. Plink plink plink. Plink. The rain was making music, as it hit one of many (lit) glass candles that were on the ground in front of the wall niches. It wasn’t a sound I had ever really heard before at a cemetery, but this sound followed me as I walked around the Continue reading “Site 102: Porto’s Prado do Repouso”

Site 101: Porto’s Agramonte Cemetery

Today started wet and drizzly and it basically stayed that way all day. Still, I’m a fan of visiting (older) cemeteries in the rain, particularly old European ones (i.e. they don’t usually have a lot of grass – it’s mostly all stone, including the pathways). The rain always brings out more detail in the stones, Continue reading “Site 101: Porto’s Agramonte Cemetery”

Site 100: A dark walk through Amsterdam

After 2 days of listening to some very interesting presentations on dark tourist sites around the world (but mostly in Europe), I was eager to take a dark walk through Amsterdam with the conference’s organizer, Karel. He had custom-made a tour that focused on “darker” parts of Continue reading “Site 100: A dark walk through Amsterdam”

Site 99: Amsterdam’s Zorgvlied Cemetery

I didn’t have a lot of time in Amsterdam to go exploring cemeteries, but Zorgvlied seemed promising, so I thought I would go take a look. It’s one of the more famous cemeteries in Amsterdam, as many famous people, artists, and other celebrities are Continue reading “Site 99: Amsterdam’s Zorgvlied Cemetery”

Site 98: The Hague’s St. Petrus Banden Cemetery

As readers of this blog will probably realize, I prefer going to older cemeteries, not only for the older monuments and atmosphere, but also because it means I won’t interfere with any modern-day mourners who are there to grieve for their loved ones. Continue reading “Site 98: The Hague’s St. Petrus Banden Cemetery”

Site 97: Delft’s Oude & Nieuw Kerks

The one thing about old European churches is that they were once the burial places of the rich and famous. And still today, in the case of royalty. Delft is a beautiful old city that is also bright and lively and modern at the same time. And its Continue reading “Site 97: Delft’s Oude & Nieuw Kerks”

Site 96: Antwerp’s Schoonselhof Cemetery

How many cemeteries have their own castle? Schoonselhof does, although it was initially a country pleasure house (and still looks that way, if not worse for wear). Between 1540 and 1871 it had 20 owners, but when the last died a bachelor, the city eventually bought it with intent of making it a municipal cemetery. Continue reading “Site 96: Antwerp’s Schoonselhof Cemetery”

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