The atmosphere of cemeteries arouses multiple sensations, from melancholy to curiosity, especially in those that hold true historical or artistic treasures. Because of this, the tourist interest in necropolises is growing all over the world, and they have become an indispensable part of the travel itinerary of those who don't give up visiting new and surprising places.
We have gathered below five amazing cemeteries around the world and how to visit them. Check them out!
1) Recoleta Cemetery (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
This is probably one of the most famous tourist cemeteries in the world. Located in the elegant Recoleta neighborhood, in a prime area of the Argentine capital, the site houses the graves of personalities such as Evita Perón, one of the most emblematic political figures of the last century. The cemetery offers visitors guided tours with interpreters who speak English, Spanish, and Italian.
2) Highgate Cemetery (London, England)
This cemetery immediately brings visitors back to classic thriller movie scenes, with its graves set amidst trees and vast vegetation. Its most illustrious interred is sociologist Karl Marx, and the space also houses graves of World War I fighters. Guided tours are available to tourists for £4 (price in February 2019).
3) São João Batista Cemetery (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Tombstones full of flower crowns and other tributes are commonplace at São João Batista Cemetery, which is home to national personalities such as Carmen Miranda, Tom Jobim, Cazuza, and aviator Santos Dumont. It is known as the ?cemetery of the stars?, and since 2014 has offered visitors guided tours.
4) St. Louis No. 1 (New Orleans, USA)
Full of legends and stories, St. Louis No. 1, the oldest cemetery in New Orleans, is home to such figures as the voodoo queen, Marie Laveau. At her grave, visitors mark three X's and make some request. Some companies in the city offer a guided tour of this and other local cemeteries.
5) Paris Catacombs (Paris, France)
This place is not exactly a cemetery as we usually know it. Created at the end of the 18th century, this place that is 20 meters below the ground houses thousands of human bones, which are exposed to visitors. Its labyrinth-like structure arouses curiosity and many other sensations. A fascinating and frightening trip at the same time! During vacation periods the lines can be quite long, up to three hours of waiting time. You can buy the ticket on site or in advance online.