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  • Atlas Obscura: Kyiv Crematorium

    The incineration of bodies was a controversial topic in Ukraine in the 1960s, after the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II and particularly the Nazi massacre at Babi Yar. The topic had just started to be discussed publicly when this odd-shaped neomodernist concrete crematorium was built in Kyiv.

  • Balmain Cemetery, now Pioneers Memorial Park, Leichhart, NSW, AU

     Balmain Cemetery was a cemetery established in Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australia, in 1863.  The area is very close to the present day Sydney suburb of Balmain. The Pioneers Memorial Park now stands in its place.

  • Birubi Point Cemetery, NSW, AU

    Located at 31A Ocean Avenue overlooking the ocean from the headland at Birubi Point, this historic cemetery offers a spectacular view and a piece of history.

  • Box Hill Cemetery, Victoria, Australia

    Box Hill Cemetery is a cemetery located in Melbourne's eastern suburb of Box Hill, Victoria in Australia. It currently occupies 12.5 ha (31 acres). It is known as the resting place of notable figures from Melbourne and its heritage-registered Columbarium and Myer Memorial. Around 50,000 decedants have been interred since the cemetery was gazetted and commenced operations in 1873. The original 10-acre site was extended in 1886 and again in 1935.

  • CCANSW Featured Cemeteries

    Each week the CCANSW will feature one or two articles about specific cemeteries in Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world, especially those we may not have yet have heard about, and your local ones that we ought to know about.

  • Cimitero delle Porte Sante, Florence, Italy

    Conceived around 1837, the Cimitero delle Porte Sante (The Sacred Doors Cemetery) is a monumental cemetery in Florence located within the fortified bastion of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte.

  • Coober Pedy, South Australia, Two Cemeteries

    Cooper Pedy is a small opal mining town on the Stuart Highway in the north of South Australia. It is about 850km north of South Australia's capital, Adelaide. Despite many of Coober Pedy's 1,700 residents living in dug outs and underground, they have two cemeteries; the "First Cemetery" and the "Boot Hill" cemetery. The latter holds most interests for tourist and grey nomads due to the local characters buried in it and the many quirky headstones.

  • Dale Hill Natural Burial Ground, Derbyshire, UK.

     Dale Hill Natural Burial Ground in Spondon, Derby , is a woodland burial ground that has been allowed to grow naturally into a calming space for bereaved families who want to arrange a green funeral.

  • De Nieuwe Ooster cemetery, Amsterdam

    The  De Nieuwe Ooster cemetery and crematorium in Amsterdamis by far the largest cemetery in the Netherlands. Measuring 33 Ha and containing over 28,000 graves, it was built in three phases, in 1889, 1915 and 1928. In the 117 years of its existence, it has undergone many changes. In 2001 a process of renovation and transformation process was started. Since 2003 it has been a national monument.

  • East Perth Cemeteries, Western Australia

    Nothing is forever, not even cemeteries; one of the largest exhumations of human remains took place just outside the Perth CBD, providing historians with significant research.

  • Ebenezer Church and Cemetery, Hawkesbury, NSW, AU

    The Ebenezer Church  is a heritage-listed Uniting (formerly Presbyterian) church and cemetery and former schoolhouse located at 95 Coromandel Road, Ebenezer, City of Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia. It was designed by Andrew Johnston and built from 1809 to 1823. It is now part of the Uniting Church in Australia, having been a Presbyterian church prior to amalgamation. The church was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

  • Faulconbridge General Cemetery, NSW, AU

    The Faulconbridge General Cemetery is an early cemetery in the Blue Mountains and contains monuments to a number of important citizens in the history of Faulconbridge, most notably the grave of Sir Henry Parkes who established the cemetery and features a central obelisk monument.

  • Featured Cemetery: Alice Springs General (Memorial) Cemetery

    The Alice Springs General Cemetery (Memorial), is a heritage listed cemetery on  Memorial Avenue, adjacent to the Aviation Museum and behind the Araluen Arts Centre. It is administered by the Alice Springs Town Council, Northern Territory, Australia,

  • Featured Cemetery: El Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery, Havana)

    El Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón, was founded in 1876 in the Vedado neighbourhood of Havana, Cuba to replace the Espada Cemetery in the Barrio de San Lázaro.  It is named in honour of  Christopher Columbus. The cemetery is noted for its many elaborately sculpted memorials. It is estimated the cemetery has more than 500 major mausoleums. Before the Espada Cemetery and Colon Cemetery were built, interments took place in crypts at the various churches throughout Havana, for example, at the Havana Cathedral or the Iglesia del Espíritu Santo. There are some 800,000 graves and one million interments recorded.

  • Gerringong Cemetery NSW

    As far as picturesque cemeteries go, Gerringong is about as good as it gets. Sitting on the Boat Harbour Reserve on the eastern edge of the town on the New South Wales South Coast, the cemetery has a stunning view of the coastline looking south, as well as a good view of the green mountains to the west.

  • Gol Gumbaz - 17th Century Mausoleum

    Gol Gumbaz

    Atlas Obscurarecently featured an artilce on domes. One that caught our eye is Gol Gumbaz, a fabulously imposing structure, towering 51 meters above the surrounding city of Vijayapura and representing one of the most important examples of late-medieval Indo-Islamic architecture. Meaning “circular dome”, it is appropriate that this mausoleum is most famous for its massive crowning feature — which is not only architecturally impressive, but also houses a sonic funhouse.

  • Japanese War Cemetery and Garden, Cowra, NSW, AU

    Designed by Ken Nakajima, a world-renowned designer of Japanese gardens at the time of its construction, the Japanese War Cemetery and Garden in Cowra, New South Wales, Australia, were opened in 1979. The second stage of development was completed seven years later, in 1986. A seven-year development project didn’t seem very long as it had taken eight years for the first stage to open after the Cowra Tourism Development decided to celebrate the town’s link to Japan.

  • Jerusalem's Har HaMenuchot Cemetery

    Har HaMenuchot, literally "Mount of Those who are Resting" and also known as Givat Shaul Cemetery),  is the largest cemetery in Jerusalem, Israel. The hilltop burial ground lies at the western edge of the city adjacent to the neighborhood of Givat Shaul, with commanding views of Mevaseret Zion to the north, Motza to the west, and Har Nof to the south. It opened in 1951 and now contains well over 150,000 interments.

  • Karakatta Cemetery, Western Australia

    Karrakatta Cemetery is a metropolitan cemetery in the suburb of Karrakatta in Perth, Western Australia. Karrakatta Cemetery first opened for burials in 1899, the first being that of wheelwright Robert Creighton.Managed by the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, the cemetery attracts more than one million visitors each year. Cypress trees located near the main entrance are a hallmark of Karrakatta Cemetery.The cemetery contains a crematorium, and in 1995 Western Australia's first mausoleum opened at the site.

  • Longreach Cemetery, QLD, AU

    Proclaimed in December 1891 and established in 1893 according the Council's website, the cemetery is located in the south east corner of the Queensland outback town of Longreach.  (map)