The Necropolis, located on a hill east of Glasgow, is known as the city of the dead and it is the cemetery for the Scottish city. To get there, take the Bridge of Sighs, which is next to the cathedral. The memorial to John Knox, which was built in the nineteenth century, dominates the hill. The cemetery is like Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, which inspired the creation of the Scottish cemetery. It is simply a pretty hill with trees and vegetation where the dead rest in peace. In total, it is estimated that fifty thousand people have been buried there, but only three thousand five hundred tombs have been built. Many tombstones have a sculpture of the face, chest or the whole body of the dead person, and the largest mausoleum has four people inside. There are also memorials to the Scots who went to fight with other troops, for example, with the English troops in Korea. The city bought the land in 1650, and since it could not be developed for housing, they built a cemetery. Several famous architects and sculptors of the seventeenth and eighteenth century built the graves of the famous people of the time. It is one of the few cemeteries that has detailed information about its dead, with their age, occupation and cause of death.
Yes, I am a fan of cemeteries and I admit. Whenever I visit one, I have this macabre feeling, what can we do! On my last trip to London I vowed not to return without visiting this lovely place. Our visit was accompanied by fog and rain, which made the journey even my complete. Quite far from the metro, but for me, it was worth it, with all those graves, the feeling of the hand of God and the Victorian ambiance ..... it was great! To round off, we saw the tombs of Marx, one Lancelot (which might have been the King Arthur) and a Chinese ....! Yes, yes, the myth served in restaurants is pure urban legend! hahahaha
Nunhead Cemetery is one of the "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries that were used in nineteenth century London. In the first half of the nineteenth century the city's population grew from 1 million to over 2.3, so the dead could no longer be put in small cemeteries next to the local church - construction of the "magnificent seven" was ordered around 1840. Nunhead Cemetery in Southwark is known as the graveyard of All Saints and was opened in 1840 by the company of the cemeteries in London. The cemetery is the center of action of several novels and poetry that made it famous. Several poets and actors are buried here, the cemetery association allows visitors the last Sunday of each month, this park is 52 acres and is now well covered with vegetables, which gives it a very nice touch. The tour departs at 12 from Linden Grove and features the 400 celebrities who rest here. You can get there from Victoria Station in 12 minutes by train to Peckham Rye.
The famous Greyfriars Cemetery is one of the most famous cemeteries in relation to paranormal activities. Before becoming a graveyard, Greyfriars was a prison for religious rebels who rose up against the Episcopalian army. In 1679, some 1200 Covenanters were imprisoned with little food, and hundreds of them died and were buried there. Many people have since heard their cries of suffering and hunger. Since the 90s, several tourists have reported being attacked by a poltergeist that roams the cemetery. The most frequent name that comes up is attributed to the infamous restless spirit, a lawyer named George Mackenzie who is known by the name Bloody and was buried in the cemetery in the year 1691. It is said that the ghost of Mackenzie can cause bruises and cuts on those who come into contact with it and many visitors have claimed to feel a paranormal figure near them. Even more interesting, police records have recorded a large number of deaths and murders in the haunted cemetery.
Near the Church of St. Andrew, you'll find the cemetery. The environment can be a bit grim and reminded me of Dracula movies, but its really neat to walk around the graves and sit on the benches. There are graves of previous centuries, and newer ones as well, you see beautiful flowers in the area.
Along the river and the rapids of Dochart, in the heart of town, we found the burial place of the family, known in Scotland as Clan MacNab. Killin developed in parallel to this clan. Today it remains the most important name of the people of Killin. The entrance to the cemetery warns of risk of their visit, as it is very close to the river and the forest, overlooking the mountains, making it easy to get lost. In fact to get in, we ask for the keys and sign a document that we take responsibility for what we do. If we take this business very seriously because it is easy to get lost, more than it seems. Nevertheless it is a beautiful.
Not far from the House of Dun, there's a cemetery, hidden in nature. The historic cemetery of one of the most important noble families in Scotish history, the Erskine family. The first owners of the House of Dun. The cemetery is small but charming with interesting tombs and how could it be anything else with its ghosts and legends. It was here that one of the major heirs of the family had an affair with a girls who worked in the house. One of his brothers, jealous, followed him and wanted to kill the girl, with such bad luck that erro shot and killed his brother. He was buried in the same place where he fell dead right there next to one of the walls grew a tree (which is still there), where the girl comes back every day to see her beloved ... Needless to say that the tree, some nights turns into the girl, searching for her beloved that she can no longer see. The tombs and cemetery layout itself makes this a unique place, even more if you take into account the beautiful landscape you go through to get there.
The St Cuthbert's Church is located below Edinburgh Castle, at the beginning of Princess Street. The Church is not in itself particularly interesting or unusual, but what draws attention is its ancient cemetery with graves that date back to the seventeenth century. Among the ancient tombstones, you will often see squirrels looking for food.
Reforms around the altar of the old abbey, in the nineteenth century, revealed the lost remains of one of the most important kings of Scotland, King Robert the Bruce (Robert I), the King who won independence for Scotland from the British (and oddly appears in the film Braveheart with the traitor Wallace, but neither knew each other). The remains revealed that he died of leprosy. This king was so important that his heart being embalmed and carried to the crusades, in fact his heart was in Seville, on his return from the Holy Land. The heart is now buried in Melrose Abbey. The tomb has two very interesting parts, the first is the access vault, which is the only one with original color from the eleventh century, a marvel but you have to be very attentive to appreciate it. The second is the tomb itself, unconventional and under the main pulpit shrine. Please note that even though this is an important tomb the chapel is not open all year (just from early April to late September). For lovers and followers of William Wallace, I am sorry to say that it was Robert the Bruce who freed Scotland (not the famous Braveheart), not taking the merits he had which were quite different from those presented by the acclaimed actor Mel Gibson.
One of the most historic attractions of the village of Banff is the medieval cemetery in the heart of town which is limited by gates that open at 10.00am and close at 17.00. Next to the cemetery there were tombs of the 14th century where we found the most significant one, belonging to the noble family of Auchmedden Bairds, from 1636. It is famous for its size, conservation and having a sphinx. But the highlight is the remains of the church of Santa Maria that was constructed in the 13th century and in which at present they are doing historical and archaeological research. The existence of a Carmelite convent, which gives its name to the area, helped these remains survive. Outside the town, the cemetery is pretty creepy, especially at night, which for some will have its charm. The funny thing is that this place is not mentioned in any promotional literature in the area, I found it strange to stop at a supermarket to buy water ... coincidences of life.
Past Callander, heading towards the Highlands on a twisting but beautiful, natural road, we arrived at the tiny village of Balquhidder. In the cemetery of its only church (called 'Auld Kirk '), you can find the tomb of the famous Scottish character Robert MacGregor ('Rob Roy' or Rob 'red' for the color of his hair), who is the Scottish equivalent of Robin Hood, but with the proviso that Rob Roy MacGregor was a real historical figure, whereas we cannot be sure about the English outlaw. Beside him are buried his wife and son. His tomb is clearly marked. The place is covered with coins, stones and other objects in a kind of symbolic tribute to a local hero who was opposed to the upper classes and defended his people and family.
In the back of the Abbey of Dunfermline, you can find the historic city cemetery. Here there is one particularly special grave, with no tombstone, no name and even no remains, which is the tomb of the Queen and formerly St., Margaret. The Queen brought monasticism to the rugged Scottish Highlands but dominated by independent religious communities called Culdees (from Gaelic CELI). She was also the person to establish Catholicism which would be practiced throughout the rest of Europe. During earlier times, the tomb was inside the abbey as a reliquary, where millions of pilgrims went to see the last break of this lovely saint. Currently, the base of the tomb is found on the outside, and is almost completely ignored. As for the remains? Marie de Guise, beofe the incipient arrival of the sixteenth century Reformation, accepted the offer of the Spanish to move the remains to El Escorial, where they were "mysteriously" lost forever. In a distinguished cemetery, where many of the most important Scottish kings lie, the shadow of which she was queen of kings, there is a hint of even greater distinction.
It is without a doubt the most authentic place hidden in London. It looks like a scene from a horror movie with squirrels cutting through the gloomy picture. This cemetery is so large that it is run by the Royal Parks Association. You can visit almost any day and it offers guided tours (but I recommend you walk on your own).
There are still some great buildings in Union Street, large brick buildings from the '30s, maroon and white painted and rows of more or less Georgian architecture with wide windows and chimneys, up to its intersection with Red Cross Way - where there's nothing. There it remains gloomy, even the air is gloomy and it's still empty. Here is 'Cross Bones' cemetery a former deposit for prostitutes in late 1500 and the poorest of the poor by 1700. The location of this cemetery in Southwark, geographically close to the former great 'City of London', is marginalized and debauched.
Belfast Cemetery is one of the oldest in the city, was bought in 1866 by the Belfast Corporation (now the Council) and was officially opened on August 1, 1869 with its first municipal burial. It has no new plots but they still bury in existing plots and the cemetery provides an important insight into Belfast's history and it's recognized as a historic site. Approximately 225,153 people are buried here including politicians, entrepreneurs and inventors. The cemetery also has recently become popular with visitors due to its impressive Victorian architecture, connections to Belfast and by being immersed in the tour of the Catholic murals (http://www.mibauldeblogs.com/2010 / 11/murales-de-belfast-y-londonderry.html).
I must admit that when traveling I love to visit cemeteries, and if they are unique, even more so. This is the case with Postman Park, a cemetery with a few gravestones amidst a beautiful, peaceful park, which honors the memory of those who died trying to help save others. The stories are chilling, such as a child who died saving a brother - always scary. If you're a fan of the quirky and macabre, Postman's Park is a must on your trip to London!
Some time ago I described the church of Logie Kirk as one of the oldest in Stirling. But in my haste to educate the world about Scottish history, I overlooked one detail that the pastor later told me: there are two churches with the same name, and I had mistakenly gone for the newer one, not Old Logie Kirk. Going uphill, I found the old church. The ruins and the cemetery are literally built into the rock of the mountain, and now it's being restored so that it might be visited more safely soon, as there are families who continue to flock to the old cemetery and the conditions were not safe at all. The church and everything that surrounds it is very secluded, desolate and silent, giving the visitor a sense of peace and a slight uneasy feeling. It's quite a shame that after two years of living in Stirling, I have only just discovered this ... but it just goes to show, you learn something new every day!