10 of the Most Magnificent Cemeteries in America

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
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6: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

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Address: 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

One of the most popular urban green spaces in the area, Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn is truly a sight to behold. With its incredible natural beauty and vibrant greenery, this is a place that is as tranquil as it is stunning. Its backdrop is the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty and it is also home to the Battle Hill site, which is where the biggest fight in the Revolutionary War took place. Of particular architectural interest is the huge and stunning Gothic style archway that leads you into the cemetery.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, California
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7: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, California

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Address: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

This was the first cemetery in Hollywood and dates back more than a century. There are many world famous Hollywood names that call this place their final resting home, which makes it all the more fascinating and popular amongst visitors. Here you will find the tombs of global icons such as Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Mel Blanc, and Tyrone Power amongst many others. The cemetery also plays host to a variety of events over the course of the year including a yearly Dia de los Muertos event.

Graceland Cemetery, Chicago
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8: Graceland Cemetery, Chicago

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Address: 4001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

This attractive cemetery dates back to 1860 and this is where you will find many notable people from Chicago’s recent history buried. There are some stunning sculptures and tombs here and amongst those that that are buried here are one of the area’s first settlers, Dexter Graves, whose tomb has a sculpture of Graves in a hooded cape and looking at passersby. The brother of Charles Dickens is also buried here along with many Chicago politicians, executives and newspaper officials.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta
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9: Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta

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Address: 248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

In 2008, this cemetery became the victim of severe destruction caused by a tornado but thanks to an influx of donations the cemetery, which dates back to 1850, was restored. You will find a diverse mix of ‘residents’ at this cemetery ranging from former mayors and politicians through to soldiers, business executives and even criminals. There are daytime tours available over the course of the year and if you happen to visit around Halloween you can enjoy the thrill of a night tour.

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Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
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10: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

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Address: 412 S Cherry St, Richmond, VA 23220

Another cemetery that boasts stunning scenery and greenery, this is the place where you will find the graves of former presidents John Tyler and James Monroe as well as the tomb of Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederacy. There are also thousands of soldiers buried here, including some that are unknown and a pyramid structure in the cemetery honors these military men who gave their lives for the country.

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