199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die (Hardcover)
More than 3.5 million tourists flock to Paris's PÃ¨ Lachaise cemetery each year.They are lured there, and to many cemeteries around the world, by a combination of natural beauty, ornate tombstones and crypts, notable residents, vivid history, and even wildlife. Many also visit Mount Koya cemetery in Japan, where 10,000 lanterns illuminate the forest setting, or graveside in Oaxaca, Mexico to witness Day of the Dead fiestas. Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery has gorgeous night tours of the Southern Gothic tombstones under moss-covered trees that is one of the most popular draws of the city.
199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die features these unforgettable cemeteries, along with 196 more, seen in more than 300 photographs. In this bucket list of travel musts, author Loren Rhoads, who hosts the popular Cemetery Travel blog, details the history and features that make each destination unique. Throughout will be profiles of famous people buried there, striking memorials by noted artists, and unusual elements, such as the hand carved wood grave markers in the Merry Cemetery in Romania.
"Taphophiles rejoice! This eclectic compendium is packed with history, eye-catching monuments, quirky local characters, tips on interpreting cemetery symbolism, and fascinating finds. It's both a useful trip-planning tool and a browser's delight (although it may turn idle browsers into budding cemetery explorers). Next time someone asks why you love graveyards, show them this book."—Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
"[A] guide to checking out the hereafter before you check out."—John Williams, The New York Times
"For the macabre-minded traveler, Rhoads' guide takes you through the most awe-inspiring graveyards in the world."—Entertainment Weekly
"[Author Loren Rhoads details] burial spots around the globe, sprinkling in history and trivia that runs from the hilarious to bone-chilling. . . Halloween gift-givers take note."—Spud Hilton, San Francisco Chronicle
"Loren's obvious affection for cemeteries is evident throughout 199 Cemeteries. Her personal appreciation gives life to places most people would consider only to be about death. A must-have book for the budding cemetery traveler and the serious taphophile."—Lenore X, Managing Editor, Gothic Beauty Magazine
"If you're like me and find cemeteries a fascinating way to view the real history of a place (or even just a nice, quiet place to eat your lunch), then Loren Rhoads's 199 Cemeteries To See Before You Die is likely to become a well-worn travel companion. The snappy descriptions and beautiful photographs are just enough to whet your appetite to pack your bags."—Megan Rosenbloom, Death Salon
'In the end, that might be what lingers most about 199 Cemeteries. An individual grave is a biography. An individual cemetery is a slice of history. As a whole, though-as a record of so many people who have lived in a place and then gone from it-a cemetery becomes something more contemplative. We know who we mourn. 199 Cemeteries asks us: Where do we mourn, and why?"—Genevieve Valentine, Vice
"[199 Cemeteries] has snippets of history, photos of eye-catching monuments, tips about what to look for on a tombstone - altogether a fascinating reminder of a time when more people understood that cemeteries are at least as much for the living as the dead."—John Wilkens, San Diego Union Tribune
"Often overlooked as tourist destinations, cemeteries deserve a new life in the eyes of the traveler. This book pays respect to the incredible architecture, stunning landscapes, and intriguing histories of those oft-ignored spaces around the globe which exist to celebrate and honor life-no globetrotter's journey is complete without it."—Blake Olmstead, AtlasObscura.com
"Rhoads has found the beauty of death in this elaborate graveyard encyclopedia. From celebrities of the seventies to the ancient seven wonders, this book contains a great amount of century-spanning history, fascinating culture, and beautiful sights."—GoNOMAD
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