A special space where the bodies of deceased people are buried after a fever that differs depending on the culture, belief or belief of the deceased. The cemeteries are most often located in elevated places outside the settlement.
Cemeteries are the places of peace, the encounter of two worlds, the material and the spiritual, which we often ignore.
The culture of the deceased has begun to evolve since the Stone Age, when people began to respect the graves and gods of the past life.
In tombs and cemeteries, their features and shapes reflect different relationships with the dead; their knowledge is important for studying different cultures, especially older ones, and for artistic styles.
People visit the tombs of their family members, friends, acquaintances and give an honor to the deceased. Visitors to the cemetery usually bring flowers or burn candles when they pay visit to cemeteries under anniversaries or some special occassions.
Here are some of the most interesting cemeteries across the globe:
1. Cemetery Pinecrest (Ottawa, Canada)- Since 1924 when John E. Cole first founded Pinecrest Cemetery, the Cole family have established an unparalleled reputation of service excellence in Ottawa and surrounding communities, spanning five generations.
Today, Pinecrest Remembrance offers a full range of services to all faiths from one location in west Ottawa. From onsite crematorium, mausoleums, columbariums and urn gardens, to elegant facilities with reception, service and visitation suites. Pinecrest Remembrance offers everything in one location.
2. City Cemetery Helsfyr (Oslo, Norway), http://www.findagrave.com
Cemetery of Our Saviour or Also known as Vår Frelsers Gravlund
Strangely beautiful cemetery where some of the famous Norwegians were buried: Tancred Ibsen, Edvard Munch, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Henrik Ibsen, Camilla Collett, Henrik Wergeland, Rikard Nordraak and Ivar Aasen. It should be noted that the tomb of Wilhelm Fabriti, head bowed, was hacked by Emanuel Vigeland.
LOCATION Oslo, Oslo kommune, Oslo fylke, Norway
3.Cemetery Staglieno (Genova , Italia)-founded in 1851 on the hills over the Genova port is on the list of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. The Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno is an extensive cemetery located on a hillside in the district of Staglieno of Genoa, Italy, famous for its monumental sculpture. Covering an area of more than a square kilometre, it is one of the largest cemeteries in Europe.
4. City arcade cemetery Mirogoj (Zagreb, Croatia) made by Hermann Bollé. The Feast of All Saints’ Day is always a call to remind ourselves of the dear ones who are no longer among us. Flower arrangements and candle flame make them magical places. The Association of European Most Famous Cemeteries (ASCE) lists three Croatian cemeteries on the most important signatures in Europe: Zadar, Varaždin and Zagreb Mirogoj. The last two are even in the tourist “European Route Cemeteries” which includes 60 cemeteries in 46 cities in 18 European countries.
5.Ukraine Lviv Lychakiv City Cemetery (Lviv, Ukraina)- Lviv is one of the most beautiful cities in Ukraine, which in addition to owning the status of cultural capital in the country is one of the world’s cultural heritage of UNESCO. This unique city is a real cultural treasury. Indisputable jewel of the national cultural heritage Lychakiv Cemetery – one of the few ancient graves that survived in Europe. The city of Lviv was divided into several parts and created four cemeteries. The inhabitants of the fourth part and the center got one of the old cemeteries in Lychakiv.The cemetery had its official status in 1786, but they were buried earlier. According to historians, even in the thirteenth century, there were buried people who died during the plague epidemic.
Since the inhabitants of the center were mostly a noble town, it is no surprise that some time Lychakiv graveyard became the main Lviv necropolis.
Lychakiv cemetery is the so-called area in which it was located. This part of Lviv is inhabited in the fifteenth century and is considered a suburb. Throughout these places, caravans, who were sent to Carigrad, went by in the distant days. The road was named Glinyanskaya because it led to the town of Glinyany. It came from the entrance to the monastery here. However, part of the road was called Lychakovskaya because of the name of the local settlement.
Commenting on the origin of the name “Lychakov”, historians do not have a common opinion until today. Some believe that this is a distorted version of the German Lutzengof, derived from the German colonist Lutz, who once lived in these parts. Others stick to the version on which the foundation for this name was “lychaki”. In those days, the poorest residents who wore a bicycle rake called the shoes.
6.La Recoleta (Buenos Aires, Argentina)- In Argentina there is no habit of candle ignition on the graves. Decoration is limited to floral arrangements. Every city in its cemeteries undoubtedly conceals the inseparable part of its own past. Inscriptions on the tombs can reveal important personalities of places, forgotten or untouched legends, and part of the history also conveys monuments and sculptures.Buenos Aires is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, the popular La Recoleta, which has long ago become a tourist attraction. La Ricoleta is more than just a cemetery. The Evita Peron tomb is, for example, an inevitable place for tourists visiting Buenos Aires.
The ancient name remains, and now beside the cemetery, it is called Lviv area, park, cell and one of the streets.
Tombs are more like small temples – some are spiked and unobtrusive, but in any case richly decorated.
“Necrotourism”-Yes or No
A tourist visit to the cemetery has been getting more sympathizers for a long time. It may sound morbidly, but those who understand this topic claim that, to get to know a place, you need to visit a market and graveyard. The cemetery is an architectural element of cultural importance, as confirmed by Mirogoj in Zagreb, or La Recoleta in Buenos Aires. Both are on the list of the most beautiful 10 in the world.
Every city in its cemeteries undoubtedly conceals the inseparable part of its own past. Inscriptions on the tombs can reveal important personalities of places, forgotten or untouched legends, and part of the history also conveys monuments and sculptures.
That is why visiting cemeteries at the right time can surprise us with the beauty – especially in the warm light of candles, which, in a strange and somewhat paradoxical way, give life to the eternal resting place.