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  • Bob R

    Two sites in Hawaii also deserve mention:
    The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific – perhaps better known as the Punch Bowl Cemetery – is a beautiful site made famous in the opening scenes of both the original and the remake of the TV series Hawaii 5 – 0, and
    The USS Arizona Memorial, while not a cemetery, is the final resting place for over 1100 sailors killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    • Peter Boucher

      @ Bob R. I lived in Honolulu for 2 years and visited Punchbowl Cemetery on a few occassions. Just a reminder that the famous war correspondent and journalist for WWII, Ernie Pyle is interred there along with Elison Onizuka who was tragically killed in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster in 1986. Ernie Pyle was caught in a crossfire while reporting and was shot down in 1944.

  • Linda Foh

    #3 – Mount Moriah, Philadelphia, PA — you have the correct photo but the description is of a different cemetery. Please see and

    • Actually, the content is correct, we just put up the wrong photograph, but thank you for supplying information about the cemetery.

  • Bill W

    Enjoyed the top 10 historical cemeteries list – However, the photo you posted for Mount Moriah at Deadwood is actually the gate house of Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia PA. It too is very historical. Founded in 1853 and covering nearly 400 rolling acres, it is the final resting place of thousands of Veterans from the Revolution through the Persian Gulf War, primarily in two military sections. While the records are sketchy, it is estimated that 100,000 persons (+/-) are interred here. As is the case with many of America’s old and storied cemeteries, she has fallen on hard times. Today a volunteer group, The Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery Inc., works diligently throughout the year to preserve and restore the grounds. Look for them on Facebook for more information and histroy.

    • Thank you for pointing out our mistake. We have replaced the photo with the right cemetery. Thank you as well for the background on the Philadelphia Mount Moriah cemetery.

  • LizardKing

    Jim Morrison <33 Pere Lachaise

    • Peter Boucher

      @ LizardKing. I visited Pere La Chaise in Paris back in 1988 as I vacationed in Paris for two weeks. My first goal when I got there ? Going to that cemetery and seeing Jim’s Grave. It had a very unusual aura about it with people standing around and holding vigil, drinking, smoking clove cigarettes and the problem was the graffiti on the other graves pointing to his grave. For example “The Lizard King Is Here” with a sketched arrow pointing to it. I saw it but really wasn’t what I had expected. The high- light for me was seeing Frederic Chopin’s Grave which really took me aback and got a few snapshots of it which I still have. Also Oscar Wilde and Giacomo Rossini, the operatic composer, I visited. Quite an interesting layout of the cemetery with no real alignment with the tombs and graves as at times you would have to climb over some of the gravestones to see what was next.

  • Peter Boucher

    I have visited 6 out of the 10 cemeteries listed and one that I have not visited is one that I am having second thoughts about, and thats No. 7, The Zentralfriedhof in Vienna, Austria. I am a very big classical music fan and always wanted to go to that cemetery and visit and pay respect for the composers interred there. But when the synopsis said that over 3 Million people are buried there and that its 2 1/2 square kilometers making it one of the largest cemeteries in the world, now I’m having second thoughts. (2 1/2 Square kilometers is 1.55 Square miles as I figured). Hopefully they have groundskeepers to point you in the right direction. I also believe that the 19th century composer Anton Bruckner is buried there

  • Lee Standberry

    Wow! You’ve gotten around.

    • Peter Boucher

      @ Lee Standberry. Well, let’s call it being at the right place at the right time and being in the NAVY didn’t hinder my travels, but Pere La Chaise is something to behold. I do have this fascination of visiting the gravesites of historically famous people and it all started out when I was a kid living in the capitol city of New Hampshire, Concord. The 14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce is buried about 1/2 mile from where I lived with my parents and Pierce’s wife is buried next to him. Then Arlington, I visited JFK’s grave and from there it just mushroomed. My favorite one ever is one that I mentioned earlier and that is the tomb of Frederic Chopin at Pere La Chaise. I stood there for about 15 minutes just mesmerized by it and of course took pictures of it. But I have visited well over 200 different gravesites of famous people.

  • Thomas

    Excuse me if my English isn’t very good, but I’d like to say that I like this lists very much, but it annoys me that in most cases the first place is something from the USA, I have nothing against patriotism, but a little impartiality would be nice.

    • Thanks, Thomas. We try, believe it or not. Usually the order isn’t that crucial, we just list 10 items. So don’t feel this list is in worst to best. All the cemeteries are historically relevant.

  • FMH

    What you write about Père Lachaise is actually true for most European cemeteries. Burying the dead of one family is very common, in Germany you even see grave markers just reading “Family ….” without any individual names. Also removing the remains from a grave after the lease runs out is common everywhere. In former times the bones were then put into an ossuary, but today they are often just put somewhere else in the graveyard. A friend of mine once found half a skullcap on top of a fresh grave, because the gravediggers messed it up.

  • Check out this documentary, in the form of a Google Map, that examines the Cities of the Dead. Those catacombs, cemeteries, and necropoleis that represent how mankind showed its respect for its elders. With this interactive map, you can zoom in on the some of the oldest, and some of the largest. Some are fascinating, while others are just plain creepy. Some representing millions of interments in a single location, while others contain only royalty and the elite.

  • Mati

    i understand that you try hard to be objective, but making 4 of of the “top ten” historical cemetaries American is pretty obnoxious. thats almost half! there are nearly 200 countries in the world, and 4 of the most important ones are American? its just unreasonable. i can think of dozens from elsewhere that could have been included

  • CheddzCamden

    Highgate cemetary doesn’t charge a fee to enter, i know this because several members of my family are buried here. There is however a section closed off to the public that is only accessable via a pre-arranged tour. Nonetheless this is a incredible place to visit and covers a vast area making it very easy to get lost in and what with the overgrown plants englulfing 200+ year old stone monuments, can be a pretty chilling place to be…especially after dark.