Visiting a cemetery. It’s not exactly like going to the beach, enjoying a fine meal or going shopping on vacation – and it’s probably not on the top of many travelers’ to-do lists for a holiday. Yet, there are some gorgeous cemeteries around the world that, for good reason, regularly make it onto tourist itineraries.
Although visiting a cemetery may seem like a morbid way to spend part of a trip, many are actually beautiful locations that can reveal important details about the history and the culture of an area. They can offer a relaxing respite to tourists who are weary of other busy tourist landmarks. On the other hand, some of these final resting places are architecturally quite impressive and are home to such noteworthy residents that they have become landmarks in their own right. Cemeteries in places such as Paris, London, Buenos Aires and New York have become must-see sites in the city. Many of these cemeteries are so beautiful and have such fascinating history that you might – almost – forget their actual purpose.
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans, Louisiana
Established in the late 1700s, this is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans and is listed on the National Register of Historic places in the U.S. The tombs at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 are located above ground because New Orleans is situated below sea level. In earlier cemeteries, flooding had caused a problem for its inhabitants.
This magnificent cemetery has many impressive above ground tombs, though many of them are sadly in a state of disrepair because of their age and weathering in the harsh climate over the years. Visitors to the site can enjoy guided day tours as well as special haunted tours.