5 Beautiful Graveyards You Won't Mind Spending Eternity In

Human beings have honored their dead since the dawn of time. In fact, burial is the oldest of human rituals.

Although cemeteries are usually considered a morbid place to visit and most of them are actually deadly dull, some hold a certain architectural and cultural charm.

It might sound a little odd, but quite a few graveyards around the world regularly make it onto tourist itineraries for their gorgeous scenery and beautiful history.

Here are five of the most famous cemeteries on the planet.

Père Lachaise — Paris

Pere Lachaise

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Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris is probably holds the greatest collection of (dead) human talent in the world. One of the most famous cemeteries in the world, Cimetière du Père-Lachaise is also one of Paris' most popular tourist attractions. The 43.2-hectare cemetery is rich with sculpture, as each family of the deceased buried here tried to out-do the sculptures and monuments placed by the city's other wealthy families. The result is many spectacular works of art. This cemetery is home to the graves of famous names like Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. 

La Recoleta — Buenos Aires

La Recoleta

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This cemetery is arguably Buenos Aires' No. 1 attraction, and a must on every tourist's list.

The graveyard itself is a monumental sight. La Recoleta Cemetery presents an exhilarating mixture of architectural whimsy and a panorama of Argentine history. There are giant marble statues and beautifully carved mausoleums, holding the remains of Argentina's most prestigious personalities.

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Old Jewish Cemetery — Prague

Old Jewish Cemetery

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The Old Jewish Cemetery is among the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds. 

Unlike many other famous cemeteries, this one does not have the graves of well-known personalities. Instead, it is the 15th century burial ground of 12,000 Jewish souls. Each crooked tombstone in the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe tells a story, crying out its own eerie song. It's one of Europe's most haunting sites, covered in old gravestones.

Arlington National Cemetery — Washington, D.C.

Arlington National Cemetery

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No visit to D.C. is complete without a visit to the hallowed grounds of Arlington.

Arlington National Cemetery, the most famous cemetery in the country, is the final resting place for many of the nation's greatest heroes, including more than 360,000 American veterans resting in peace at this famous burial site. Covered with identical headstones, this cemetery is a lesson in American history, with most visitors heading straight to John F. Kennedy's grave or to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier's guard change ceremony.

High Gate Cemetery — London

High Gate Cemetery

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The final resting place of some very famous Londoners, Highgate Cemetery is a wonderfully overgrown maze of ivy-cloaked Victorian tombs.

With over 170,000 people in 53,000 graves, Highgate Cemetery is one of the great Victorian cemeteries with historic, cultural and wildlife attractions. Karl Marx is just one of the names found on the many stones of this cemetery, but it is mostly known as a filming location for horror movies.

Next time you're on holiday, you might want to take a walk on the dark side and check out these hauntingly beautiful graveyards.

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