Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Top 10 Most Unusual Cemeteries

Cemeteries are scary places. People more often think of the living dead who wander around graveyards and scare the living; some would think of zombies and vampires which are mythical creatures that dwell at the cemetery. Many would never think about going to one of these places at the night time. Maybe you’ll think differently about these cemeteries.

10. World’s First Public Pet Cemetery
Cimetiere des Chiens is a cemetery for dogs and other domestic animals. It is thought to be the oldest public pet cemetery in the world. Situated in Asnières-sur-Seine, Paris, France, it was opened in 1899. The legendary American dog that starred in various Hollywood movies, Rin Tin Tin, was buried there. Earlier in 1896, a prominent New York City veterinarian had opened up a burial plot for a bereaved friend’s dog in New York. It is considered to be America’s first and most prestigious pet cemetery where 70,000 pets found their final resting place.

9. Stull Cemetery aka Highway to Hell
This scary cemetery is considered to be haunted. There are places that go beyond the legends of merely being haunted and enter the realm of the diabolical. Such places are said to be so terrifying that the Devil himself holds court with his worshipers there. This would be the case of Stull Cemetery in Kansas, allegedly one of the “gateways to hell” itself!

8. Cross Bones Graveyard

Cross Bones is an unconsecrated graveyard; it was a burial ground for ‘single women’ meaning prostitutes. Such women were condemned to be buried in an unholy ground. These women became known as ‘Winchester Geese’.

7. Le Mummie di Urbania
Located in Urbania, Italy, the Church of the Dead, Chapel Cola was founded in 1380. It houses the cemetery of mummies. This cemetery is famous for its strange phenomenon of natural mummification.

6. Shirokorechenskoe Cemetery aka the Mafia Cemetery
Despite the ghoulish aspect of the place, many tourists stop by to see the resting place of many mafia lords. If you go to this cemetery you’ll see images of gangsters engraved on expensive granite gravestones, some are life-sized. Expect to see gangster-chic slouch, leather jackets, gold chains and visible signs of success.

5. Neptune Memorial Reef
It is the world’s first underwater cemetery - it was just a matter of time when someone would thing of this. It’s the perfect place to spend an eternity for seamen and others who loved the sea. The Neptune Memorial Reef aka the Atlantis Memorial Reef or the Atlantis Reef is the world’s first underwater mausoleum for cremated remains.

4. The Merry Cemetery
The Merry Cemetery is situated in Northern Romania. It is under the protection of UNESCO and considered a World Heritage site. It is unusual due to the vivid colors and unusual design of the tombstones where engraved funny epigraphs describe what the deceased person’s life was.

3. The Bridge to Paradise – Xcaret’s one-of-a-kind cemetery
It is quite an intriguing Mexican cemetery. It reflects something uniquely Mexican where tts structure is based on the Gregorian calendar. The cemetery simulates a hill with seven levels representing the days of the week and 365 colorful tombs depicting the days of the year. The main entrance is a stairway with 52 steps that represent the weeks of the year. This one of the world’s most unusual cemeteries was officially opened on November the 1st 2005. Each grave is different from the others in design and building materials.

2. Wuyi Mountain
These mysterious hanging coffins are located in the Fujian Province in China. It is an ancient Asian funeral custom where they are said to appear in the Chinese history as early as in the Zhou Dynasty (1027-777BC).

1. The Cemeteries of Giza and the Valley of the Kings
The most unusual burial site of all is at the Giza Plateau, the site of the mysterious Great Pyramid, the Sphinx and thousands of tombs. It has attracted a great number of tourists, archeologists, historians, scientists and mathematicians who were all dazzled by the monumental ancient burial ground of the Egyptians. The Great Pyramid is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was built with more than 2 million stones over a period of 20 years. The Valley of the Kings contains more than 60 tombs and 120 chambers. It was the main burial place of the major royal figures of the Egyptian New Kingdom. There is still a veil of mystery that covers this ancient cemetery.

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