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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 40: Lazarus Cemetery

Twelve years after the founding of St. Petersburg, in 1710, Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra monastery was founded by Peter the Great. It was built in the spot that was thought to be the place where Alexander Nevsky (13 May 1221 – 14 November 1263), grandson of Vsevolod Continue reading “Cemetery 40: Lazarus 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 30: The Byakkotai Cemetery on Iimoriyama

In the late 1860s there was a massive civil war in Japan, called the Boshin War, in which supporters of the Shogunate (military commanders who effectively ruled Japan, and had, up to that point, had had an isolationist policy) and the supporters of Continue reading “Cemetery 30: The Byakkotai Cemetery on Iimoriyama”

Cemetery 27: The graves of the 47 Ronin

The 47 ronin, or masterless samurai, is probably one of the most well-known historical stories that comes from Japan. That said, whenever I mention the 47 ronin to my students, they have no idea who I’m talking about, as in Japanese they are Continue reading “Cemetery 27: The graves of the 47 Ronin”

Cemetery 26: Tokyo’s Yanaka Cemetery

This is another one of the big cemeteries that are dotted around Tokyo. After a very short walk from the train station I was in land of stone and trees. And cats. Some of the most beautiful, friendly, and well-fed cemetery cats I have ever seen Continue reading “Cemetery 26: Tokyo’s Yanaka Cemetery”

Cemetery 25: Tokyo’s Zoshigaya Cemetery

There’s something familiar about visiting a cemetery, no matter what culture, city, or country you’re from. The quiet. The trees. The stone memorials that mark the final resting place of the departed. The people that you see tend to be of the greying set. Continue reading “Cemetery 25: Tokyo’s Zoshigaya Cemetery”

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”

Cemetery 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 “Cemetery 21: London’s Brompton Cemetery”

Cemetery 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 “Cemetery 20: London’s Abney Park Cemetery”

Cemetery 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 “Cemetery 19: London’s Highgate East Cemetery”

Cemetery 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 “Cemetery 18: London’s Highgate West Cemetery”

Cemetery 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 “Cemetery 17: London’s Kensal Green Cemetery”

Cemetery 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 “Cemetery 16: Paris’ Montparnasse Cemetery”

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