Ghoulish, some would think.

Many places we travel to are burial sites or monuments to a deceased ruler, politician, or somebody of importance. Cemeteries can be located beside the historic site one is visiting or can be found quite by chance.

Cholera Monument

Cholera Monument

Vacationing in England a few years ago, I took the train from Lincoln to visit Sheffield one afternoon. This time I chose to exit the train station away from the city centre.

Located near Park Hill and Norfolk Park stands the Cholera Monument. The cholera epidemic happened in 1832, and the monument was erected in 1850. Three hundred and thirty-two victims are buried nearby.

St Thomas Anglican Cemetery

St Thomas Anglican
St Thomas Anglican

The Old St Thomas Church was built in 1824, and was in regular service for worship until 1877. It is surrounded by a pioneer cemetery.

The church is open for service and tours during the summer, while the cemetery is available all year.

Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery

Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery
Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery

Located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this cemetery has the Atlantic for a backdrop (and on this day, a beautiful blue sky), and immediately to the west the  Castillo San Felipe del Morro 

The cemetery dates to 1863 and was originally administered by Carmelite Nuns. Free for you to wander.

Pierce Brothers – Westwood Village

Marilyn Monroe Grave Marker
Marilyn Monroe Grave Marker

Established in the 1880’s as an unnamed cemetery, in 1905 it became the Sunset Cemetery, and in the 1920’s the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

Many Hollywood celebrities and regular folx are here.

Cemetery Tourism Pin