When a tourist prepares to visit the Pyramids of Egypt, he knows that there he will find a series of tombs, sarcophogues, mummies and all the fascinating and mysterious millennial universe about the conception of funeral and the afterlife of ancient Egyptian culture.
There are also those who opt for a different kind of ride, or even, say, a little darker. In France, for example, the famous Parisian cemetery Père-Lachaise receives about 3.5 million tourists annually, walking among candles, flowerpots, crowns for wake and famous tombs such as Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Allan Kardec, Oscar Wilde and other famous resting places.
Still in the category of creepy rides, the Catacombs of Paris are also an invitation for the bravest, who enter the dark underground of the city amid the tunnels lined with human bones.
But, not so sinister, some postcards around the world are tombs too. Yes, and this fact may still be unknown to the public visiting these architectural landmarks. Did you know that these places are also memorials where ordinary people and important figures rest?
Westminster Abbey | London, England
One of the oldest European cathedrals, Westminster Abbey began construction in the year 900 and was completed in 1090, undergoing reconstruction in 1517.
The most important church in London was the scene of historical events such as coronations and weddings of the Royal Family of England. There also rest the remains of members of the aristocracy and great English scientists. There are Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and, recently, the ashes of physicist Stephen Hawking.
San Michele Island | Venice, Italy
The charming Venetian Capital of Venice attracts thousands of tourists from every corner of the world to navigate through the canals of its beautiful set of 100 islands. But one of them is, in fact, a cemetery island.
This jewel of architecture was conceived for this purpose, since in 1807 there was no more space for burial on the small islands of the archipelago. In addition to beautiful works of funerary architecture, San Michele Island is home to a beautiful cathedral.
Taj Mahal | Agra, India
For many, the monumental and magnificent Taj Mahal is the ultimate expression of love and romanticism. This jewel made of white marble was erected between 1632 and 1653 by about 20,000 men at the request of Emperor Shan Jahan. The goal was to honor the memory of his favorite wife, the beautiful Arjumand Banu Begum, who died in childbirth of the royal couple's 14th son.
What perhaps not everyone knows is that her grave remains under the sumptuous monument, inlaid with semi-precious stones applied by the greatest artisans of the time.
Kofun Mozu Furuichi | Osaka, Japan
The meaning of the Japanese word kofun is "Ancient Tomb". And many of them are scattered among the urban and rural landscape of the country. The largest and most sumptuous of them is Kofun Mozu Furuichi, who is in Osaka. It has recently been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In it rests Emperor Nintoku and other direct ancestors of Akihito, emperor in power at the time in Japan.
There are more than 160,000 kofun graves mirrored throughout the country, in smaller sizes and some of them already mixed with nature. The interior of these tombs remains a mystery to the Japanese people and the world, as they are not allowed to access their interior.
Ipiranga Museum | Sao Paulo-SP
On weekends, the gardens of Independence Park are taken by children and adults. They walk, play and enjoy their slopes to skate, ride a scooter or just ride with ease. But there, where is the Independence Monument, with its torch always lit, is also installed, since 1953, the Imperial Crypt.
In it are the remains of Emperor Dom Pedro I, his first wife, the archduchess of Austria and Empress Consort of Brazil Maria Leopoldina and also his second wife, Amelia Augusta de Leuchtemberg.