stone and dust

photography and musings on cemeteries, memorials, and other monuments



Cemetery 47: Stockholm’s Galärvarvskyrkogården

Some of Stockholm’s most well-known sites are located on the island of Djurgården: especially museums: the Vasa Museum, the Nordic Museum, the Spirit Museum, the ABBA Museum, and Skansen, the world’s first living history museum. But unbeknownst to me (and probably most Continue reading “Cemetery 47: Stockholm’s Galärvarvskyrkogården”

Cemetery 32: Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Mausoleum

The shrines and temples of Nikko are classified as a World Heritage Site, and the star among them is the magnificent shrine of Tōshō-gū. It is here that the first Tokugawa shogun, Ieyasu, is buried. The shrine itself is famous for it’s magnificent Continue reading “Cemetery 32: Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Mausoleum”

Cemetery 29: Appeasing a vengeful spirit

Here’s a Japanese story that most people have probably never heard. Taira no Masakado was a nobleman who lived during the Heian era in an area of what is now the northeast of Tokyo. In the year 935 Masakado was ambushed by another local Continue reading “Cemetery 29: Appeasing a vengeful spirit”

Cemetery 28: Tokyo’s Aoyama Reien

One of Tokyo’s most famous cemeteries is Aoyama Reien, located near Roppongi/Harajuku, is known for many things: it’s large, it has a lot of flowering cherry trees in spring, and it was the first cemetery where foreigners could be laid to Continue reading “Cemetery 28: Tokyo’s Aoyama Reien”

Cemetery 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 “Cemetery 22: London’s Old St Pancras Churchyard”

Cemetery 5: The Jewish Cemetery on the Lido

For the first time on my cemetery tour, I have finally visited a cemetery unlike the others. It’s old (the oldest one so far) but is not famous for its monuments. In fact, its not famous for anything, but that’s why I like it.

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