Of course, my interests as a tourist are a little bit different than most people's, so for now, here is my list of five cemeteries I would love to visit.
Okay, to be frank here, I mostly want to go for one of their movie nights. I have a lot of interest in watching people reclaim a positive nature with death, and what could be better than watching movies in a cemetery with a group of friends? I'll just need to get to the West Coast sometime.
2. St. Roch Cemetery #1 - New Orleans, Louisiana
St. Roch is known for another modern burial practice that I find interesting--leaving seemingly ordinary objects on tombs. New Orleans cemeteries are truly incredible for the mixture of cultures that gave them birth, so the history in them tends to be truly rich and incredible. I'd love to walk around as many of them as I can.
3. Père Lachaise Cemetery - Paris, France
My only European pick on this list is Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris's largest cemetery. Burials began in the early nineteenth century, so picking your way through the cemetery you can find a lot of information about the evolution of burial practices throughout the decades and centuries. One day I'm going to make a trip out of seeing all the death sites in Paris, what a delightfully gruesome city.
4. Bonaventure Cemetery - Savannah Georgia
As a lover of Southern Gothic literature and aesthetics, I feel like it's time to make a pilgrimage to one of the most incredibly beautiful cemeteries in the South. Bonaventure was featured on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, and the delightful Caitlin Doughty of Ask a Mortician has a video up talking a bit about her time in the cemetery.
5. General Cemetery of Guayaquil - Guayaquil, Ecuador
Lastly, the cemetery that Historic Houston has called the most beautiful cemetery in South America, General Cemetery of Guayaquil. Also known as the White City, this cemetery is filled with incredible white marble architecture and monuments. It looks truly incredible in the photographs, and I would love to see for myself.
What cemeteries would you all love to visit? What are your favorites?