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Revisiting Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise. I didn’t know the names of many cemeteries way back when, but I knew about Paris’ most famous cemetery. After I first moved to France in 2006, the first place I visited was Paris, and on a drizzly Sunday when too many things were Continue reading “Revisiting Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery”

2019: Looking Back at a Dark Year

This has been an interesting year for me. I mentioned at the beginning of the year that this would be a dark one, visiting sites beyond cemeteries associated with death and disaster. It turned out to be darker than I envisioned, as I visited places considered Continue reading “2019: Looking Back at a Dark Year”

Iconic Statue: The Kiss of Death

In many modern cemeteries the spectre of death is all but erased from our visual field. Unlike older cemeteries, it is rare to see depictions of death, whether it be skull and crossbones, skeletons, and other macabre symbols. Yet one of the most spectacular Continue reading “Iconic Statue: The Kiss of Death”

Site 209: Halabja Cemetery

Following our visit to the Halabja Memorial, we made our way across town to the cemetery where many of the victims of the chemical attack are buried. The first thing we noticed was the sign that forbids any members of Saddam Hussein’s party from entering Continue reading “Site 209: Halabja Cemetery”

Site 208: Iraq’s Halabja Memorial

March 16, 1988. Bloody Friday. That was the day the worst chemical attack against a civilian population was carried out. The Iran-Iraq War was drawing to an end, but the Al-Anfal campaign by the Iraqi Government to eradicate the Kurds was still ongoing. Two days after the town Continue reading “Site 208: Iraq’s Halabja Memorial”

Site 206: Iraq’s Rabban Hormizd Monastery

Travelling through the ‘Stans was like walking through a living history book, but going to Iraqi Kurdistan meant going back in time further still. In terms of religions, there were  Zoroastrians, Yadzidis, Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and even early on in my trip, Continue reading “Site 206: Iraq’s Rabban Hormizd Monastery”

Site 205: Dushanbe’s Russian Cemetery

After several weeks of travelling the ‘Stans with groups of various sizes, on our last full day in Tajikistan I decided to take the afternoon off from touring and went for a walk to explore the city that, surprise, surprise, led me to a very large Russian cemetery Continue reading “Site 205: Dushanbe’s Russian Cemetery”

Site 202: Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

Shah-i-Zinda, which translates as “(the Tomb of) the Living King” is one of the most stunning memorial complexes I have ever seen. Originally built to house the tomb of one of Muhammed’s cousins, it is also one the longest continually constructed building Continue reading “Site 202: Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis”

Site 201: Bukhara’s Chor-Bakr Necropolis

One thing I noticed when planning my trip to the ‘Stans was that a large number of sites were in fact mausoleums or memorials. The Chor-Bakr Necropolis was definitely the first on this trip that felt monumental in nature. This complex was built over the burial Continue reading “Site 201: Bukhara’s Chor-Bakr Necropolis”

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