From the grandiose tombs of Paris to the moss-covered headstones of Savannah, these final resting places hold secrets, stories and a sense of the macabre that draws visitors from around the world. These are the cemeteries that are not only a final resting place for the departed, but also a window into history, architecture, and the lives of the famous and infamous.
1. Père Lachaise Cemetery, France
Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, is the final resting place of many famous figures such as Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, and Edith Piaf. It is said to be haunted by the ghost of Oscar Wilde, who is said to still wander the cemetery where his tomb is located.
2. Highgate Cemetery, England
London's Highgate Cemetery is a Victorian cemetery known for its stunning architecture and the graves of Karl Marx and George Eliot. Highgate is said to be haunted by the ghost known as the "Highgate Vampire", who is said to have been seen through the fences wandering the locked cemetery at night.
3. Forest Lawn Memorial Park, USA
Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California, is the final resting place of many Hollywood stars such as Walt Disney, Clark Gable, and Elizabeth Taylor. The cemetery, which opened in March 1952 and has almost 150,000 graves, is said to be haunted by the ghost of Walt Disney, who is said to still wander the grounds of the cemetery where he is buried.
4. Rookwood Cemetery, Australia
Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney is the largest cemetery in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest Victorian era cemetery still in operation anywhere in the world. Some of its most notable residents are the notorious brothers, Ira and William Davenport, two famous 19th century spiritualists. They were the first to come up with the spirit cabinet, which became a popular tool for mediums as part of physical séances.
5. Mount Auburn Cemetery, USA
Situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mount Auburn Cemetery is the first garden cemetery in the United States, known for its beautiful landscaping, which includes rolling hills, winding paths, ponds, and an array of trees and plants. The cemetery is also home to a large collection of sculptures and monuments, many of which are notable works of art.
6. La Recoleta Cemetery, Argentina
La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires is where many important figures in Argentine history, including Eva Peron, have been laid to rest. La Recoleta Cemetery is said to be haunted by the ghost of a 19-year-old girl called Rufina. In 1902, she was buried at the cemetery, but it was there where the true nightmare began - she was said to have awakened from her death.
7. Arlington National Cemetery, USA
Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia is the final resting place for more than 400,000 US military veterans and leaders, including John F. Kennedy. The cemetery was established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, which was the home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his wife, Mary Anna Custis Lee, a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington.
8. The Okunoin Cemetery, Japan
The largest cemetery in Japan, Okunoin Cemetery is known for its thousands of stone statues and lanterns and it is considered one of the most sacred places in the country. Okunoin Cemetery, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its serene and peaceful atmosphere, and is considered one of the most tranquil cemeteries in the world.
9. The Bonaventure Cemetery, USA
The Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia, USA, is a Victorian cemetery known for its moss-covered headstones and sculptures. Visitors have reported seeing the ghost of a little girl, who died of pneumonia when she was just six. There are reports that a statue carved in her honour that stands at her graveside has been seen to cry tears of blood.
10. The Old Jewish Cemetery, Czech Republic
The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague is the final resting place of many prominent figures in Jewish history, including Rabbi Loew, the legendary creator of the golem. A hooded figure has been reported near the cemetery just before midnight, there's also the ghost of a woman who is said to dance to death those brave enough to walk through the cemetery at night.