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Benjamin Franklin also noted that in the world one cannot be sure of anything except the inevitability of death and taxes. Usually, people try to take all the necessary rituals and rituals as much as possible when the inevitable happens.
The funeral ceremony is as old as civilization itself, but from region to region there are noticeable differences in its conduct. It is here that mourning and memorial ceremonies take place.
However, the cemeteries have another purpose - the most unusual of them have become tourist attractions. Even "dark" tourism has appeared, which aims to visit exactly this kind of places. Let's talk about 10 of the most unusual cemeteries in the world that attract so many outsiders.
Pet cemetery. The de Chiens cemetery for dogs and other pets is considered the oldest of its kind in the world. It is located in the commune of Asnieres-sur-Seine, in the north-west of Paris. Back in 1898, a law was passed that forbade the disposal of the corpses of dead animals and ordered to bury them in special burial grounds. As a result, such a cemetery appeared in 1899 - now the owners of the pets were spared the need to dump corpses into the Seine. Now about 40 thousand animals are buried in the cemetery. At the beginning of the 20th century, the entrance to the cemetery was decorated with monuments to St. Bernard Barry, who saved about 40 people. The biggest star of de Chiens is the dog actor Rin Tin Tin (1918-1932). It is believed that it was this dog that saved the Warner film company from bankruptcy.
Highway to Hell. Stull Cemetery, located in Kansas, has a reputation as one of the world's most visited by tourists. Some people even believe that this is where one of the seven gates of Hell is located. There are so many legends, stories of witchcraft, supernatural incidents and ghosts around the cemetery that Pope John Paul II himself allegedly ordered his private jet to fly around the place when he attended a public appearance in Colorado in 1995. Dad considered this place "cursed land". However, how true is this, and is this place really that scary? There are numerous disputes about this, they say that the son of the devil is buried here with his earthly mother. That is why Satan visits this place once or twice a year, starting in 1850. But Tracy Morris, the author of humorous stories about the supernatural, logically asks: "Why should Mrs. Lucifer and her son not go to hell after death, where the father of the family is waiting for them? Perhaps then they all visit their graves together on their vacation?"
Look at the Winchester Geese. The crossbones cemetery is also called the cemetery of single women. Its history dates back to the Middle Ages. It was this place that became the resting place of prostitutes, who in England were nicknamed the Winchester geese. Women legally worked in brothels in London and their own cemetery was allocated for them. The iron fence here is adorned with colored ribbons, keychains, poems and photographs, feathers and silk stockings. Tudor historian John Stowe wrote in his 1603 review of London: “These single women were forbidden to participate in church services while they were leading their sinful lives. They were even excluded from Christian burial if they practiced their craft until their death. allocated for their burial, and is called the cemetery of single women. And it was created at a distance from the parish church. "
Natural mummies. You don't have to travel to Egypt to see the mummies. In Urbania, Italy, is the church of the dead. The church itself was built here in 1380, it is decorated with a beautiful Gothic portal. In 1567, a whole brotherhood arose here, which helped people die in warmth, tranquility and care. And in 1833, a cemetery of mummies appeared here, known for the fact that samples of not human mummification, but natural ones are presented here. The remains of 18 people were exhibited behind the altar, the history of each of them has been preserved to this day. The former abbot of the brotherhood, a woman who died during childbirth and a young guy buried during suspended animation stand out. They like to scare tourists with the story that this mummy sometimes wakes up. Experts believe that this effect was made possible by mold, which completely absorbed moisture from the corpses, contributing to the drying of the organs. About 13 thousand tourists visit the cemetery-museum annually.
Mafia cemetery. In the 90s, Yekaterinburg was known as the criminal capital of Russia. Many leaders of criminal gangs lived in this city; over time, the Shirokorechenskoye cemetery became a place of last rest for many of them. Most of the graves here are very expensive, finished in black marble. You can often find precious stones; on the tombstones, there are often laser engravings of the dead in full growth. On the graves, not only the names of the bandits are indicated, but also their pseudonyms, as well as their talents: "he was an expert in the use of knives." Colleagues paid tribute to their friends, trying to show their respect as much as possible - here you can find both a seven-meter stele and an eternal flame. The cost of graves and mausoleums here reaches tens of thousands of dollars. Interestingly, the father of Boris Yeltsin, whose grave is much more modest, is also buried here.
The first underwater cemetery in the world. In 2007, the Neptune Memorial Reef, also known as the Atlantis Reef or Atlantic Memorial Myth, was created near the coast of Miami Beach. It is the world's first underwater mausoleum for storing cremated remains and the largest man-made reef in the world. It was created on 16 acres of barren ocean floor and sits at a depth of about 12 meters. Undoubtedly, this place is the ideal cemetery for those who loved the sea during their lifetime. Relatives can visit their deceased relatives either by scuba diving, or on the site of the cemetery. The complex is architecturally perfect - there are many columns, pillar, lion statues and gates. The average cost of a funeral here is 7 thousand dollars, the cremated remains are mixed with cement and embedded in the structure of the reef, and a bronze plaque is installed in this place. Today, hundreds of people are already buried on the Neptune reef.
Cheerful cemetery. It would seem that the cemetery is a sad place, but some enterprising people decided to make it entertaining. The fun cemetery is located in the north of Romania, in the village of Sapanta. Today this place is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Fund. The tombstones look colorful, they tell about the life of a person in a poetic and cheerful manner. The usual colors here are green, blue, red, not dull gray and black. The tombstones are decorated with large oak crosses, on which funny epitaphs are engraved. This local tradition was started by the local master John Stan Patra, who installed the first cross with a rhyme back in 1935. The emergence of such a cemetery was facilitated by the fact that the ancient people of the Dacians, Romanian ancestors, considered death only the liberation of an immortal soul. Death for them was a solemn and joyful event in anticipation of a better life.
Bridge to paradise. This cemetery is one of a kind, because it is a bridge to eternity. In Mexico, there is a park that is famous for such an attraction. The structure of the cemetery is based on the Gregorian calendar. It itself looks like a hill with seven levels representing the seven days of the week. The cemetery, called "The Bridge to Heaven", contains 365 tombs, the outer side of which displays the corresponding season. The main entrance has 52 steps, which is exactly the number of weeks in a year. Each grave here is unique - the differences lie in the design itself, various building materials are used. On the "Bridge to Paradise" there are both copies of the famous cathedrals and graves in the form of a sofa or bed with pillows at the head.
Mysterious hanging coffins. The tradition of hanging coffins is a fairly common event in Asia. Such burial methods can be found in China, the Philippines and Indonesia. Some of the coffins lie on wooden stakes driven into the rock, and some sit directly on ledges or caves. The most famous burial of this kind is the tombs of the Bo people in Gongxian, in the Chinese province of Sichuan. Here, in the Wuyishan Mountains, there is the oldest hanging cemetery - the oldest graves are 3750 years old! Oddly enough, but this approach makes sense - why bury coffins underground if you want to go to heaven? This arrangement of burials also aims not to interfere with people living nowadays, and to protect the remains from careless descendants.
Massive Egyptian burials. One of the most ancient and majestic cemeteries is the Giza Cemetery in the Valley of the Kings. The Giza Plateau, the site of the Great Pyramid, the local Sphinx and thousands of graves attract thousands of tourists, historians, archaeologists, mathematicians and scientists from all over the world. The Pyramid of Cheops, located here, is the largest and oldest. Today it is one of the seven wonders of the world. The body of Pharaoh Khufu, or Cheops, rests here, and it took more than 2 million stones and as many as 20 years of slaves to make such a majestic tombstone. The Egyptians believed that such a complex burial system would provide their leader with immortality in the afterlife. Another notable cemetery in this area is the Valley of the Kings. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here from 1600 to 1100 BC tombs were built for the burial of the pharaohs. Today, more than 60 tombs and 120 chambers have been discovered in the valley, which contained the remains of members of the royal family of Ancient Egypt. The tombs survived a series of robberies, but even today, more and more interesting burials are being discovered in the Valley of the Kings. The last major discovery was the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922.