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20 Cemeteries Around The World That Show Eternal Beauty

20 Cemeteries Around The World That Show Eternal Beauty

Most people don’t associate the word beauty with cemetery. Yet, these beautiful cemeteries will be among some of the many that will come to haunt your soul. While perusing a cemetery may seem morbid to some, the reality is that a cemetery can reveal the history and the culture of a place. From the plain to the beautiful to the downright bizarre, these cemeteries have it all.

1. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans, Louisiana

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    This is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans and is completely free to visit. The cemetery houses its dead above ground. Many believe, the internments above ground is due to the cemetery’s location at below sea level.

    2. Pere-Lachaise, Paris, France

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      Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde are buried here in one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries. Parisians are said to jog through the winding paths.

      3. Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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        This beautiful cemetery is located in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. The cemetery houses the beautifully famous Evita Peron.

        4. Highgate Cemetery, London, England

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          Highgate has an eerie feeling with the overgrown ivy taking over the graves. It was rumored to have housed a vampire in the 1970’s.

          5. Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

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            The cemetery overlooks Manhattan. It was a site for battle during the Revolutionary War.

            6. Cementerio General, Santiago, Chile

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              This beautiful cemetery is one of the largest in all of South America. At least 172 people interred at the Cementerio are prominent in Chilean history.

              7. Merry Cemetery, Sapanta, Romania

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                The cemetery is an open-air museum, as well as, a national monument. Many of the graves are filled with funny epitaphs.

                8. Waverly Cemetery, Sydney, Australia

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                  Set against the sea, this beautiful cemetery was featured in the film, The Great Gatsby.

                  9. Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow, Russia

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                    Russia’s poets, writers musicians, and more have their resting place here. If you don’t speak Russian, an interpreter is not hard to find.

                    10. Xoxocotlan Cemetery, Oaxaca, Mexico

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                      This cemetery is the place to be when the Day of The Dead is celebrated, October 31-November 2. The atmosphere is very festive, as families celebrate their ancestors.

                      11. Central Cemetery, Vienna

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                        One of the largest cemeteries in Europe. And the most famous in Vienna.

                        12. Bonaventure, Savannah, Georgia

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                          Bonaventure cemetery was the location for the novel and the movie, Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil.

                          13. Cemetery of Punta Arenas, Chile

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                            The cemetery of Punta Arenas is located in the city of the same name in Chile. It became a national monument of Chile in 2012.

                            14. Woodlawn Cemetery, New York

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                              In this beautiful cemetery the Annie Bliss Titanic Memorial is housed and the cemetery has been named an historical monument.

                              15. Forest Lawn, Los Angeles, California

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                                Forest Lawn is tucked away in the hills of Hollywood. This beautiful cemetery has hundreds of celebrities interred and has several monuments.

                                16. Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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                                  Mount Aubrey Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts was founded in 1831. It is famous for its outstanding statues and decorations.

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                                  17. Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, Czech Republic
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                                    The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague was named one of the most beautiful cemeteries by The National Geographic.

                                    18. Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland, Oregon

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                                      Lone Fir was founded in 1846. The cemetery is persevered as a National Historic Sight.

                                      19. Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

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                                        Arlington National Cemetery was once the backyard of Robert E. Lee. The tomb of the unknowns is only one of the many memorials to the fallen at Arlington.

                                        20. Bellefontaine Cemetery, St Louis, Cemetery

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                                          The Bellefontaine cemetery is home to a number of archaeological monuments and is considered an Historic place.

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                                          Last Updated on September 15, 2020

                                          4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                                          4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                                          Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

                                          Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

                                          Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

                                          We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

                                          Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

                                          1. Don’t Fight It

                                          I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

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                                          Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

                                          Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

                                          If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

                                          If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

                                          2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

                                          Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

                                          One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

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                                          The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

                                          Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

                                          If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

                                          Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

                                          3. Reframe Your Perspective

                                          Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

                                          Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

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                                          Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

                                          4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

                                          Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

                                          As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

                                          Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

                                          Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

                                            Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

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                                            One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

                                            To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

                                            Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

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