Top 10 Cemeteries to Visit in Europe

Explore‌ ‌the‌ ‌suggestive‌ ‌atmosphere‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌best‌ ‌cemeteries‌ ‌in‌ ‌Europe.‌ ‌ Discover‌ ‌their‌ ‌untold‌ ‌stories,‌ ‌majestic‌ ‌architectures‌ ‌and‌ ‌notable‌ ‌personalities‌ ‌who‌ ‌rest‌ ‌there.‌ ‌

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 Being‌ ‌a‌ ‌highly‌ ‌suggestive‌ ‌place,‌ ‌cemeteries‌ ‌are‌ ‌growing‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌tourist‌ ‌destination‌ ‌for‌ ‌decades.‌ ‌
There‌ ‌are‌ ‌many‌ ‌reasons‌ ‌to‌ ‌visit‌ ‌a‌ ‌cemetery‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌tourist‌ ‌and‌ ‌different‌ ‌cemeteries‌ ‌show‌ ‌
different‌ ‌reasons.‌ ‌For‌ ‌instance,‌ ‌there‌ ‌are‌ ‌cemeteries‌ ‌mostly‌ ‌visited‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌famous‌ ‌
personalities‌ ‌who‌ ‌rest‌ ‌there,‌ ‌others‌ ‌particularly‌ ‌notable‌ ‌for‌ ‌their‌ ‌architecture‌ ‌and‌ ‌other‌ ‌ones‌ ‌
that‌ ‌aren't‌ ‌really‌ ‌modern‌ ‌cemeteries‌ ‌but‌ ‌an‌ ‌ancient‌ ‌graveyard‌ ‌with‌ ‌incalculable‌ ‌historical‌ ‌
value.‌ ‌Some‌ ‌of‌ ‌them‌ ‌include‌ ‌various‌ ‌points‌ ‌of‌ ‌interests,‌ ‌others‌ ‌are‌ ‌completely‌ ‌unique.‌ ‌
We‌ ‌tried‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌the‌ ‌most‌ ‌complete‌ ‌list‌ ‌of‌ ‌cemeteries‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌visit‌ ‌in‌ ‌Europe:‌ ‌here‌ ‌is‌ ‌our‌ ‌
top‌ ‌10!‌ ‌

pere lachaise paris

1)‌ ‌Visit‌ ‌the‌ ‌Père‌ ‌Lachaise‌ ‌in‌ ‌Paris‌ ‌

We‌ ‌can't‌ ‌help‌ ‌but‌ ‌start‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌most‌ ‌famous‌ ‌and‌ ‌visited‌ ‌one:‌ ‌the‌ ‌Père‌ ‌Lachaise‌ ‌Cemetery‌ ‌in‌ ‌
Paris.‌ ‌Although‌ ‌Pere‌ ‌Lachaise‌ ‌is‌ ‌located‌ ‌inside‌ ‌a‌ ‌beautiful‌ ‌park‌ ‌and‌ ‌shows‌ ‌a‌ ‌variety‌ ‌of‌ ‌
funerary‌ ‌art‌ ‌styles,‌ ‌from‌ ‌ancient‌ ‌mausoleums‌ ‌and‌ ‌gothic‌ ‌graves‌ ‌to‌ ‌Art‌ ‌Deco‌ ‌monuments‌ ‌and‌ ‌
even‌ ‌Egyptian‌ ‌pyramids,‌ ‌the‌ ‌main‌ ‌reason‌ ‌people‌ ‌come‌ ‌here‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌guests.‌ ‌
Père‌ ‌Lachaise‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌real‌ ‌hall‌ ‌of‌ ‌fame‌ ‌where‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌pay‌ ‌your‌ ‌respects‌ ‌to‌ ‌great‌ ‌artists‌ ‌and‌ ‌
personalities‌ ‌from‌ ‌all‌ ‌ages‌ ‌and‌ ‌all‌ ‌countries.‌ ‌People‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌Chopin,‌ ‌Moliere,‌ ‌Jim‌ ‌Morrison‌ ‌
Edith‌ ‌Piaf,‌ ‌Rossini,‌ ‌and‌ ‌Oscar‌ ‌Wilde.‌ ‌ ‌
Every‌ ‌year,‌ ‌hundreds‌ ‌of‌ ‌people‌ ‌honor‌ ‌the‌ ‌memory‌ ‌of‌ ‌these‌ ‌great‌ ‌personalities,‌ ‌often‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌
physical‌ ‌way‌ ‌like‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌Oscar‌ ‌Wilde's‌ ‌grave‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌full‌ ‌of‌ ‌kisses'‌ ‌marks.‌ ‌ ‌
You‌ ‌can‌ ‌book‌ ‌a‌ ‌tour‌ ‌of‌ ‌Pere‌ ‌Lachaise‌ ‌on‌ ‌Globol‌ ‌here.‌ ‌

milano monumentale cimitero

2)‌ ‌Explore‌ ‌the‌ ‌Monumental‌ ‌Cemetery‌ ‌in‌ ‌Milan‌ ‌

More‌ ‌than‌ ‌a‌ ‌simple‌ ‌cemetery,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Monumental‌ ‌Cemetery‌ ‌in‌ ‌Milan‌ ‌is‌ ‌like‌ ‌an‌ ‌open-air‌ ‌
museum.‌ ‌Here‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌find‌ ‌some‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌greatest‌ ‌sculptors‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌20th‌ ‌century‌ ‌making‌ ‌great‌ ‌
art‌ ‌about‌ ‌death‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌form‌ ‌of‌ ‌tombs,‌ ‌mausoleums,‌ ‌and‌ ‌monuments.‌ ‌
From‌ ‌an‌ ‌architectural‌ ‌point‌ ‌of‌ ‌view,‌ ‌both‌ ‌Romanic‌ ‌and‌ ‌Gothic‌ ‌styles‌ ‌are‌ ‌were‌ ‌represented‌ ‌in‌ ‌
Monumental‌ ‌Cemetery.‌ ‌The‌ ‌unmissable‌ ‌landmark‌ ‌here‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌Famedio,‌ ‌which‌ ‌means‌ ‌"hall‌ ‌of‌ ‌
fame".‌ ‌This‌ ‌Neo-medieval‌ ‌building's‌ ‌purpose‌ ‌is‌ ‌to‌ ‌celebrate‌ ‌all‌ ‌the‌ ‌great‌ ‌personalities‌ ‌linked‌ ‌
to‌ ‌the‌ ‌city‌ ‌of‌ ‌Milan.‌ ‌On‌ ‌its‌ ‌walls,‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌read‌ ‌the‌ ‌names‌ ‌of‌ ‌Leonardo‌ ‌Da‌ ‌Vinci,‌ ‌Saint‌ ‌
Augustin,‌ ‌and‌ ‌Luchino‌ ‌Visconti,‌ ‌among‌ ‌the‌ ‌others.‌ ‌The‌ ‌Famedio‌ ‌is‌ ‌not‌ ‌a‌ ‌simple‌ ‌monument:‌ ‌
it‌ ‌includes‌ ‌a‌ ‌spacious‌ ‌crypt‌ ‌where‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌find‌ ‌the‌ ‌majestic‌ ‌tomb‌ ‌of‌ ‌great‌ ‌Italians‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌
Alessandro‌ ‌Manzoni,‌ ‌Guido‌ ‌Crepax‌ ‌and‌ ‌Giorgio‌ ‌Gaber.‌ ‌ ‌
On‌ ‌Globol‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌book‌ ‌a‌ ‌guided‌ ‌tour.‌ ‌

crossbones london

3) Have‌ ‌a‌ ‌stroll‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cross‌ ‌Bones,‌ ‌London‌ ‌

This‌ ‌peculiar‌ ‌former‌ ‌cemetery‌ ‌is‌ ‌also‌ ‌known‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌Single‌ ‌Woman’s‌ ‌Churchyard‌ ‌and‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌
said‌ ‌that‌ ‌over‌ ‌15,000‌ ‌bodies‌ ‌rest‌ ‌in‌ ‌peace‌ ‌here.‌ ‌Most‌ ‌of‌ ‌them‌ ‌are‌ ‌prostitutes‌ ‌and‌ ‌other‌ ‌
outcasts‌ ‌of‌ ‌society.‌ ‌
The‌ ‌Cross‌ ‌Bones‌ ‌is‌ ‌located‌  ‌Redcross‌ ‌Way‌ ‌in‌ ‌Southwark,‌ ‌and‌ ‌it‌ ‌speaks‌ ‌volumes‌ ‌about‌ ‌the‌ ‌
dark‌ ‌past‌ ‌of‌ ‌London‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌human‌ ‌rights‌ ‌in‌ ‌general.‌ ‌ ‌
This‌ ‌is‌ ‌was‌ ‌the‌ ‌place‌ ‌where‌ ‌prostitutes‌ ‌and‌ ‌other‌ ‌sinners,‌ ‌de‌ ‌facto‌ ‌excluded‌ ‌from‌ ‌Christian‌ ‌
funeral,‌ ‌were‌ ‌buried.‌ ‌"Single‌ ‌Woman"‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌polite‌ ‌and‌ ‌bourgeoise‌ ‌way‌ ‌to‌ ‌call‌ ‌them.‌ ‌
The‌ ‌sad‌ ‌story‌ ‌of‌ ‌Cross‌ ‌Bones‌ ‌graveyard‌ ‌is‌ ‌closely‌ ‌tied‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌history‌ ‌of‌ ‌London’s‌ ‌first‌ ‌
red-light‌ ‌district‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Winchester‌ ‌Geese‌ ‌(women‌ ‌licensed‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌church‌ ‌to‌ ‌work‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌
local‌ ‌brothels).‌ ‌
Now‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌memorial‌ ‌garden‌ ‌dedicated‌ ‌to‌ ‌all‌ ‌the‌ ‌victims‌ ‌of‌ ‌this‌ ‌kind‌ ‌of‌ ‌existence.‌ ‌It‌ ‌hosts‌ ‌
monthly‌ ‌candlelit‌ ‌vigils‌ ‌as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌various‌ ‌artistic‌ ‌events.‌ ‌

islamic cemetery austria

4)‌ ‌Discover‌ ‌the‌ ‌Islamic‌ ‌Cemetery‌ ‌in‌ ‌Vorarlberg‌ ‌

The‌ ‌small‌ ‌Austrian‌ ‌region‌ ‌of‌ ‌Vorarlberg‌ ‌hosts‌ ‌a‌ ‌really‌ ‌unique‌ ‌place.‌ ‌It's‌ ‌the‌ ‌Islamic‌ ‌Cemetery‌ ‌
designed‌ ‌by‌ ‌Bernardo‌ ‌Bader‌ ‌Architect‌ ‌who‌ ‌win‌ ‌two‌ ‌awards‌ ‌for‌ ‌its‌ ‌work.‌ ‌
Located‌ ‌near‌ ‌the‌ ‌Swiss‌ ‌and‌ ‌Lichtenstein‌ ‌borders,‌ ‌outside‌ ‌of‌ ‌urban‌ ‌spaces‌ ‌and‌ ‌into‌ ‌nature,‌ ‌
the‌ ‌Islamic‌ ‌Cemetery‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌really‌ ‌suggestive‌ ‌place‌ ‌to‌ ‌visit.‌ ‌Its‌ ‌shape‌ ‌remembers‌ ‌five‌ ‌fingers‌ ‌
from‌ ‌an‌ ‌aerial‌ ‌view‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌aesthetic‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌fortunate‌ ‌blend‌ ‌of‌ ‌traditional‌ ‌architecture‌ ‌and‌ ‌new‌ ‌
contemporary‌ ‌aesthetics.‌ ‌ ‌
The‌ ‌complex‌ ‌also‌ ‌includes‌ ‌prayer‌ ‌rooms,‌ ‌as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌various‌ ‌areas‌ ‌designed‌ ‌for‌ ‌Muslim‌ ‌
funerary‌ ‌rituals.‌ One of the most visually impressing features is the kiblah wall facing Mecca, which is covered by magnificent oak latticework.


myra necropolis

5) Enter the Myra Necropolis in Turkey 

Myra was an ancient city with a lot of history on its back. Greeks, Romans,  Byzantine Greek, and Ottoman Greeks left their trace in this area so Myra has a lot of interesting ruins. 
But the most visited and impressive are surely the rock-cut tombs.
Experts say the structure is tracing back to 4th century BC when Myra was a Lycian city. The necropolis is split into two burial sites and show us what ancient Lycian culture was, their technical skills as well as their customs and beliefs. 
The site is so amazing because it's entirely carved into cliff faces. You will love these evocative tombs, designed to look like houses or temples, and most of them are decorated with reliefs representing mythological scenes or the biography of the deceased.

san michele island

6) Disembark on San Michele Island

Venice has its own monumental cemetery and, as you can expect from a city formed by islands, it is an island too.
San Michele Island is located between the island of Murano and the Cannaregio district. In the past, it was known for Chiesa di San Michele in Isola, the first Renaissance church in Venice and the relative monastery. During the 19th century, local authorities did decide to build a cemetery there because was considered unhealthy burial on the mainland.
The place bears a calm and peaceful atmosphere, with its lovely gardens, scattered with cypress trees.
But what makes this cemetery a real attraction is, once again, the greatness of its "hosts". National and international names are resting in peace in San Michele Island, people such as Ezra Pound, Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Brodsky, Jean Schlumberger, Christian Doppler,  Luigi Nono, Catherine Bagration, and Franco Basaglia.
Being a Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant cemetery, there is also a variety of aesthetics represented here, ranging from beautifully ornate sculptures to modern, minimalist tombstones and gorgeous mausoleums.

stockholm woodland cemetery

7) Explore Stockholm’s Woodland Cemetery in Sweden

A few kilometers south to Stockholms, there is a wonderful place called Skogskyrkogården or simply Woodland Cemetery if you are not even able to spell Swedish words. 
Stockholm’s Woodland Cemetery is another "art cemetery", designed by two great Swedish architects  Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz. It is considered a way to blend the aesthetic of Nordic Classicism with a more functionalistic approach to architecture.
 and an outstanding example of how nature and architecture can exist in perfect harmony. More than just a graveyard, this is a place where nature and architecture come together smoothly and it is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. People don't come here just to pay respect to the deceased or to visit the monuments but also for strolling, contemplation, and birdwatching.
Among the celebrities buried here, we can name the great actress Greta Garbo and Per Yngve Ohlin, singer of the seminal Swedish band "Mayhem". 

josefov cemetery

8) Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery in Josefov in Prague

Josefov, also known as the Jewish Ghetto, is one of the oldest districts in Prague and one of the oldest European ghettos altogether.
The Old Jewish Cemetery was established in the middle of the 15th and it is one of Prague’s most unique and engaging attractions. 
You will find yourself surrounded by over12,000 crumbling gravestones from different ages, packed together into this compact plot of land, but it is said that more than 100,000 Jews are buried here. 
This gives to the place, which is also Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, a mysterious atmosphere, almost uncanny.
You can book a tour of Josefov in Prague here on Globol.

city of the dead russia

9) Roam around the City of the Dead in Russia

In the heart of North Ossetia, on the Russian border with Georgia, there is a really strange place. It is known as the City of the Dead and its the ancient graveyard of the small town of Dargavs. 
Like the Myra one, it's a necropolis build to resemble a little village. Myth and legends surround the area which comprises 99 tombs, not one less, not one more, a magical number.
Some accounts say that every man who dares to enter the City of the Dead would never come out alive, so locals tend to avoid the place. There are also a few tourists because the area is not easy to reach. So, if you are brave and willing, you can live a pretty authentic experience there.

newgrange ireland

10) Admire Newgrange, Ireland

Our last graveyard is one of the oldest and most impressive structures built by our ancestors. 
Dating back to 3200 B.C., Newgrange is older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. 
It is located less than an hour away from Dublin and consists of an enormous semi-circular mound encircled by kerbstones engraved with Megalithic art. 
It's not just a monument. Inside the structure, there is a 19-meter-long passage leading to a chamber with three alcoves and a corbelled roof.
Archeologists find human cremated remnants during excavations, but they believe this wasn't a simple graveyard and it used to be the center of ancient forgotten rituals, being aligned with the rising sun on the winter solstice.
Like Stonehenge, Newgrange is surrounded by myth and legends and its fame is growing in recent years.
The site is always open to the public but access to the chamber during the solstice, when the rising sun illuminates the room revealing the carvings inside, is only reserved for a lucky few and decided by lottery.