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Cemetery 48: Helsinki’s Hietaniemi Cemetery

Since I often travel alone I usually don’t worry too much about what I see and when. This sometimes backfires, but usually it works well, allowing me to stay in places that catch my interest and forgoing those that don’t. Unfortunately, when I was in St. Petersburg I got really sick Continue reading “Cemetery 48: Helsinki’s Hietaniemi Cemetery”

Cemetery 46: Stockholm’s Skogskyrkogården

For all you taphophiles out there, how many cemeteries do think are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site? Well, I’ll give you a hint: Skogskyrkogården is one of them*. It was inscribed on the list in 1994, yet, I have to admit that I had never heard of it until I started doing my research for Continue reading “Cemetery 46: Stockholm’s Skogskyrkogården”

Cemetery 45: Turku Cemetery

I had a couple of days in Turku, Finland, before heading off to Stockholm. I hadn’t planned on visiting any cemetery here, but when looking at the maps of the city it was clear that there was a large cemetery to be visited on the outskirts of town. Despite arriving in the city early in the morning, Continue reading “Cemetery 45: Turku Cemetery”

Cemetery 44: Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter and Paul Fortress is of course one of the main tourist sites of St. Petersburg. It was established by Peter the Great in 1703 on a small island in the Neva River, and over the years it had many roles from military base to political prison. Some of the famous people who were imprisoned Continue reading “Cemetery 44: Peter and Paul Fortress”

Cemetery 43: The Cossack Cemetery

This cemetery is the newest of the four at the Alexander Nevsky Monastery in St. Petersburg, Russia. The first burials here were in 1917, and included those who participated in Bolshevik demonstrations, the Civil War, and, as so named, for Cossacks. Eventually it got renamed Continue reading “Cemetery 43: The Cossack Cemetery”

Cemetery 42: Nikolskoe Cemetery

As I’ve mentioned previously, there are four cemeteries at Alexander Nevsky Monastery. The Tikhvin and Lazarus Cemeteries are located outside the official gates, but the other two are located inside the monastery grounds. Even though Nikolskoe is clearly the largest of the four, I only found it Continue reading “Cemetery 42: Nikolskoe Cemetery”

Cemetery 41: Tikhvin Cemetery

The twin to Alexander Nevsky’s Lazarus Cemetery is the Tikhvin Cemetery, which is literally right next door. However, I’ll call it a fraternal twin as the two cemeteries are actually quite different. As Lazarus Cemetery became more and more crowded, the need for another Continue reading “Cemetery 41: Tikhvin Cemetery”

Cemetery 38: Kolomenskoe Cemetery

Here’s a little cemetery that I just happened to come across. After debating again and again whether or not to go see the Kremlin, I finally gave in, only to give up once I arrived and saw how long the lines were. So instead I went to the open air park/ Continue reading “Cemetery 38: Kolomenskoe Cemetery”

Cemetery 37: Moscow’s Old Donskoy Necropolis

I still hadn’t been inside the Kremlin, but, as with previous days, I couldn’t bear the crowds, so I opted for the Donskoy Monastery and it’s old cemetery. There are actually two cemeteries here – the old necropolis, within the monastery walls, Continue reading “Cemetery 37: Moscow’s Old Donskoy Necropolis”

Cemetery 36: Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery

If Moscow has one go-to cemetery, this is it. Novodevichy Cemetery lies just to the south of the UNESCO World Heritage site Novodevichy Convent, which was established in the 16th century (1524 to be exact). Both cemetery and convent are Continue reading “Cemetery 36: Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery”

Cemetery 35: The Kremlin Memorials

Or…Lenin’s Mausoleum, the Kremlin Wall Necropolis, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I have to admit it: I have this strange fascination for embalmed Communist leaders. Well, maybe fascination is too strong a word, but there’s Continue reading “Cemetery 35: The Kremlin Memorials”

Cemetery 34: Tallinn’s Siselinna

Now here’s a cemetery I had never heard of, until I thought to research cemeteries in Tallinn (actually, that’s pretty common to all the cemeteries on this trip). There were actually a few cemeteries that sounded quite interesting to visit, but I only had time Continue reading “Cemetery 34: Tallinn’s Siselinna”

The European Death Tour: 2016 Edition

So…back to Europe! Last year when I was traipsing all over some of Europe’s greatest cemeteries, never did I think I’d be back almost exactly a year later to do the same thing. I really did think it would be a few years before I would be able to return, even Continue reading “The European Death Tour: 2016 Edition”

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)”

Cemetery 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 “Cemetery 23: London’s Postman’s Park”

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