Benjamin Franklin also noted that in the world one can not be sure of anything, other than the inevitability of death and taxes. Usually people try to take as much as possible all the necessary rites and rituals, when the very inevitable happens.
The funeral ceremony is old, like the civilization itself, but from the region to the region there are noticeable differences in its conduct. Many cultures and religions provide cemeteries for the preservation of the remains of deceased people. It is here that mourning and memorable ceremonies take place.
However, there are cemeteries and other destinations – the most unusual of them have become tourist attractions. There was even a “dark” tourism, which aims to visit exactly such places. Let’s talk about the 10 most unusual cemeteries in the world, attracting so many extraneous visitors.
Cemetery de Chiens for dogs and other pets is considered the oldest of its kind in the world. It is located in the commune of Asnier-sur-Seine, which is in the north-west of Paris. As early as 1898, a law was passed that prohibited the disposal of corpses of dead animals and ordered them to be buryed in special burial grounds. As a result, in 1899 there was such a cemetery – now the owners of pets were spared the need to drop corpses in the Seine. About 40 thousand animals are buried in the cemetery. At the beginning of the 20th century, the entrance to the cemetery was decorated with the monuments of the St. Bernard Barry, who saved about 40 people. The biggest star of de Chiens is the actor dog Rin Tin Tin (1918-1932). It is believed that this particular dog saved the film company Warner from bankruptcy.
Highway to Hell.
Stull Cemetery, located in Kansas, has a reputation as one of the most visited tourists in the world. Some people even believe that this is where one of the seven gates of Hell is located. Around the cemetery there are so many legends, stories about witchcraft, supernatural incidents and ghosts that supposedly Pope John Paul II himself ordered his private jet to fly around this place when he visited a public appearance in Colorado in 1995. Dad found this place “cursed land.” However, how true is this, and is this place really so scary? On this occasion, there are numerous disputes, they say that the son of the devil with his earthly mother is buried here. That’s why Satan visits this place once or twice a year, beginning in 1850. However, Tracy Morris, the author of humorous stories about the supernatural, logically asks: “Why should not Ms. Lucifer and her son go to hell after death, where the father of the family is waiting for them? Perhaps they all visit their graves on their vacation then?”
Look at the Winchester goose.
The cemetery of crossbones is also called the cemetery of single women. Its history dates back to the Middle Ages. It was this place that became the resting place for prostitutes, who in England were nicknamed the Winchester goose. Women legally worked in brothels in London and for them have allocated their own cemetery. The iron fence here is decorated with colored ribbons, trinkets, verses and photographs, feathers and silk stockings. The historian of the Tudor era, John Stowe, wrote in his review of London in 1603: “These lonely women were forbidden to participate in church rituals while they were leading their sinful lives and were even excluded from Christian burial if they practiced their craft until death, dedicated to their burial, and is called the cemetery of single women.And it was created at a distance from the parish church. ”
You do not have to go to Egypt to see the mummy. In Urbania, Italy, there is a church of the dead. The church itself originated here in 1380, it is adorned with a beautiful Gothic portal. In 1567 a whole brotherhood arose here, which helped people die in warmth, tranquility and care.And in 1833 a cemetery of mummies appeared here, known for the fact that samples of human mummification are presented here, not of human mummification. The remains of 18 people were displayed behind the altar, the history of each of them has survived until now. A former abbot of the brotherhood is singled out, a woman who died during childbirth and a young fellow buried during anabiosis. Tourists like to frighten the story that this mummy sometimes wakes up. Experts believe that this effect was made possible by mold, which completely absorbed moisture from the corpses, contributing to the drying up of the organs. In the year the cemetery-museum is visited by about 13 thousand tourists.
In the 1990s, Yekaterinburg was known as the criminal capital of Russia. In this city there lived many leaders of criminal groups, eventually Shirokorechensky cemetery became the place of last calm for many of them. Most of the graves here are very expensive, decorated with black marble. Often it is possible to meet precious stones, on tombstones often there are laser engravings of the deceased in full growth. On the graves are indicated not only the names of the bandits, but also their aliases, as well as their talents: “he was an expert in the use of knives.” Colleagues paid tribute to their friends, trying to show their respect to the maximum – here you can find a seven-meter stela, and eternal fire. The cost of graves and mausoleums here reaches tens of thousands of dollars. It is interesting that Boris Yeltsin’s father, whose grave is much more modest, is buried there and then.
The first underwater cemetery in the world.
In 2007, near the coast of Miami Beach, the Neptune Memorial Reef was created, also known as the Atlantis Reef or the Atlantic Memorial Myth. It is the world’s first underwater mausoleum to store cremated remains and the world’s largest man-made reef. It was created on 16 acres of barren ocean floor and is located at a depth of about 12 meters. Undoubtedly, this place is an ideal cemetery for those who loved the sea during their lifetime. Visiting relatives of their deceased relatives can either by diving with scuba-diving, or on the site of the cemetery. The complex is perfect from the architectural point of view – there are a lot of columns, a pillar, statues of lions and gates. The average cost of funerals here is 7 thousand dollars, the cremated remains are mixed with cement and built into the structure of the reef, and at this place a bronze tablet is installed. Today, hundreds of people are buried on the reef of Neptune.
It would seem that the cemetery is a sad place, but some enterprising people decided to make it entertaining. The funeral cemetery is located in the north of Romania, in the village of Sapanta. Today this place has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tombstones look colorful, they are told in a poetic and cheerful manner about a person’s life. The usual colors here are green, blue, red, not dull gray and black. Tombstones adorn the large oak crosses, on which are engraved funny epitaphs. The beginning of this local tradition was laid by the local master John Stan Patra, who established the first cross with a rhyme back in 1935. The emergence of such a cemetery was contributed by the fact that the ancient people of the Dacians, Romanian ancestors, considered death only the liberation of an immortal soul. Death for them was a solemn and joyful event in anticipation of a better life.
Bridge to Paradise.
This cemetery is the only one of its kind, because it is a bridge to eternity. In Mexico there is a park that is famous for such a tourist attraction. The structure of the cemetery is based on the Gregorian calendar. It itself looks like a hill, in which there are seven levels representing the seven days of the week. The cemetery, called the “Bridge to Paradise,” contains 365 tombs, the external side of which displays the corresponding time of year. The stairs of the main entrance consists of 52 steps – just as many weeks in a year.Each grave here is unique – the differences lie in the design itself, various building materials are used. On the “Bridge to Paradise” there are both copies of the famous cathedrals, and graves in the form of a sofa or a bed with pillows at the head of the head.
Mysterious hanging coffins.
Traditions to hang coffins are quite common in Asia. Such methods of burial can be found in China, the Philippines and Indonesia. Some coffins lie on wooden stakes, driven into a rock, and some are located directly on ledges or caves. The most famous burial of this kind are the tombs of Bo people in Hongxian, in the Chinese province of Sichuan. Here, in the mountains of Wuyi, the oldest hanging cemetery is located – the oldest graves of the whole 3750 years! Strangely enough, but this approach makes no sense – why bury the coffins underground if you want to go to heaven? This location of the burial places also aims to not disturb the people living today, and to protect the remains from negligent descendants.
Grandiose Egyptian burial.
One of the most ancient and majestic cemeteries is the Cemetery in Giza, which is in the Valley of the Kings. The Giza Plateau, the location of the Great Pyramid, the local Sphinx and thousands of graves attract thousands of tourists, historians, archeologists, mathematicians and scientists from all over the world. The pyramid of Cheops, located here, is the largest and oldest. Today it is one of the seven wonders of the world. Here lies the body of Pharaoh Khufu, or Cheops, and for the manufacture of such a magnificent tombstone, it took more than 2 million stones and as many as 20 years of slaves. The Egyptians believed that such a complex burial system would provide their leader with immortality in the afterlife. Another notable cemetery of this area is the Valley of the Kings. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage. Here, from 1600 to 1100 BC, tombs were built for burial of pharaohs. Today, more than 60 tombs and 120 chambers have been found in the valley, where the remains of members of the royal family of Ancient Egypt were kept. Tombs survived a series of robberies, but even today in the Valley of the Kings are found all the newest interesting burials. The last major discovery was the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922.