Top 10 Most Visited Famous Grave Sites

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Diehard fans of famous celebrities often stay the course long after their cherished idols have long since perished. Of those unforgettable iconic stars, the top ten that are the most visited  are people we can reasonably guess. People like Princess Diana and Elvis, but a few may reach out and surprise you! Long after the daisies have been pushed up a few famous graves continue to receive numerous callers daily.

10.  Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Grave Top Tenz

In a Paris cemetery, Oscar Wilde, (1854 to 1900) was laid to rest in the prestigious Paris cemetery, Pere Lachaise, after residing in a grave in Bagneaux Cemetery on a plot of ground only available for temporary lease. Temporary lease? Yes, and for this reason, he was encased in quicklime so the corpse would decompose faster. The famous Irish writer, poet and playwright is visited frequently by fans and his work is still being read throughout the world today, 100 years after his death. Fifty years after his passing the remains of his longtime friend, Robert Ross, was placed in his tomb. His tomb was sculpted by the famous American, Jacob Epstein. Oscar Wilde rests in peace at number 10,

9.  Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Grave Top Tenz

The martial-arts guru, 40 years after his death, still remains the greatest Kung Fu teacher ever and a box-office smash. Bruce Lee is still doing maneuvers in the land of the living as his fans crowd Seattle’s Lakeview Cemetery to pay their respects. The cemetery draws people from around the world including three Mongolians who trekked 3,700 miles to honor Lee on the 53rd anniversary of his birth. The trip is said to have taken the Mongolians seven months and five pairs of shoes each bringing Bruce Lee to number 9 of our top ten list.

8.  Mark Twain

Mark Twain Grave Top Tenz

At number 8 Samuel L. Clemens (better known by his pen name as Mark Twain), who wrote the great American novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is now being commemorated in 2010 as it marks the 125th anniversary of the publishing of his novel. The story continues at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, New York where road signs direct traffic to the final resting place that Mark Twain chose for himself and his family. The superintendent of the cemetery, Thomas Henegar, says that he estimates 2,000 to 3,000 visitors a year go to visit Mark Twain, 175 years after his birth. In 2010, what is called ‘Mark Twain Country’ citizens are filling the year with themed events and special tourism promotions in honor of Mark Twain.

7.  Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra Grave Top Tenz

Another gravesite overzealously pursued is the final resting place of Frank Sinatra. He is considered the pride of Hoboken, New Jersey in New York even though he is not buried there, and despite the fact that after he headed west he referred to the town as a “sewer”. Sinatra moved to Palm Springs, California where he died and was buried at Desert Memorial Park with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a pack of camel cigarettes. A lyric from one of his popular songs is carved into his gravestone that says, “The best is yet to come.” Sinatra ranks on our top ten charts at number 7.

6.  Princess Diana

Princess Diana Grave Top Tenz

Princess Diana of England was buried at the Spencer-family estate, Althorp, in North Hampshire in 1997. Now she appears to be the Lady of the Lake as her remains reside on Round Oval island, a small island (populated with four black swans) on the family property. It isn’t the place where King Arthur received Excalibur but from this lake’s edge, onlookers can see an urn with no headstone and another type of legend. Once a year, between July and early September, visitors are granted the opportunity to visit Princess Diana’s grave although no one is allowed to set foot on the island, the path to the island’s entry is lined with 36 birch trees, one for every year of her life. Now she takes 6th place on our list for the most visited grave sites.

5.  Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Grave Top Tenz

In America, a hugely popular celebrity death was the death of Marilyn Monroe in 1962. She was the iconic female sex-symbol of the ’60s and has lasted as an iconic sex-symbol still to this day. Today the crypt directly above hers in the Los Angeles Cemetery has been on eBay for auction (although not yet sold) and has reached a top offer of $4.6 million 47 years after her death. It is said that Hugh Hefner is rumored to have reserved his place beside her. The crypt is located in the Corridor of Memories in the Westwood Memorial Park where other celebrities remains can be found like Dean Martin, Truman Capote and Dona Reed. It is said that of her various husbands, ex-husband Joe DiMaggio (who she was only married to for 274 days) never remarried and sent red roses to her crypt three times a week for the next 20 years. Marilyn, you win our affections at number 5.

4.  Jim Morrison

JIm Morrison Grave Top Tenz

Of all the most popularized graves to visit, the gravesite of Jim Morrison, who died in Paris on July 3rd, 1971, is a tribute to his influential life as a talented musical, rock legend. He rocks in at number 4. His final resting place is at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, a cemetery that was established in 1804 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Although other famous musicians and writers also are buried there, like Edith Piaf, Max Ernst and Oscar Wilde, Jim, the American rock star’s grave takes the place as the most visited plot on the cemetery grounds. Hoarded by tourists daily, cemetery staff have often had to deal with unauthorized tributes from fans from a bust of Morrison to arrows pointing ‘Toward Jim’.

3.  Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley Grave Top Tenz

Elvis Presley, the rock-‘n’-roll legend died of a prescription drug overdose in August 1977 and was first buried in a mausoleum in Forest Hills Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee and was later moved to Graceland because of a thwarted attempt by vandals to steal his body. Admission to Elvis’ grave is part of the Graceland tour and although dead for more than three decades, 600,000 people a year still visit him contributing nearly $150 million to the Memphis economy. For all those fans Elvis lives forever at number 3.

2.  Shakespeare

Shakespeares Grave Top Tenz

Shakespeare Grave Top Tenz

Certainly the most prized grave site of all time is inhabited by the remains of Shakespeare, the most famous English language writer in history. His work has been studied and translated into more languages than any other printed work except the Bible. Shakespeare lived from 1564 to 1616 and still to this day, thousands of people frequent his tomb in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England at the Holy Trinity Churchyard. His grave is covered by a flat stone that bears an epitaph believed to be written by him reading,

Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forebear
To dig the dust enclosed here;
Blessed be the man that spares these stones
And curst be he that moves my bones

Shakespeare was buried in the Holy Trinity Church not for his life’s work but actually paid for the privilege at a high price at 440 pounds along with his family members after saving his money as a playwright. His influence on the world and for a grave site that has been visited for all these years brings Shakespeare in at number 2 of our top ten list.

1.  Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Grave Top Tenz

Coined ‘The King of Pop’, Michael Jackson is reserved on this list for number one simply because of the potential he has to become one of the next most visited celebrity graves. Partly because up until now nobody has been allowed to visit Michael Jackson’s gravesite at The Forest Lawn (known as the ‘Country Club for the Dead’) in the Hollywood Hills, California. The place where he was buried quietly in the Great Mausoleum. Michael Jackson’s brother, after reaching an agreement with the owners of the cemetery, have decided they will open to the public at the first anniversary after his death on June 25th and will remain open. Michael’s brother says fans will be able to go right up to the mausoleum and drop off flowers and visit. Michael loved his fans and his fans loved him. Time will tell if he soon tops the list, but with the ‘thriller’ of the unknown, Michael one day may be entertaining his fans once again.

Instead of inhabiting red carpet events, these stars now reside in famous cemeteries where resting in peace isn’t quite all that death once promised to be. For these long gone celebrities fans continue to visit them years after the fanfare is gone and their mortal remains have all but turned to dust. Of the top ten most famous graves visited, these are the ones who’ve been laid to rest, but that continue to haunt us all.

By Natalie Jaro


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    • I thought Jesus was resurrected from the dead and ascended to heaven? Perhaps it maybe one of the most famous visited locales where he was believed to be put in a cave after he died, but don’t graves usually involve a body?

      • They usually do, but they don’t have to. Christ’s tomb (whether He resides there currently or not – I believe “not”) is his gravesite, and as such, belongs on this list, IMO.

        Besides, most of those other locales have historical and archaeological issues. This site is most likely.

    • You beat me to it.
      Whether you believe in his divinity or not, the church of the holy sepulture is quite the popular tourist site.

  1. Michael Jackson #1???? His body is still warm and I seriously disagree with having him on the list at all! Sure, the Jackson Family and Media have done their best to make him a God, but time will only tell us the truth. This is really a disgrace to your site to place him at number one just because you “think” he has potential to be at that ranking! Something is drastically wrong with our society!

    • I agree with you in that there is a difference between potential and actual. Jackson’s long term “success” as an oft-visited corpse has yet to be seen. I think he would deserve to be at #10, but #1? I don’t think so.

    • Your right. Micheal Jackson at the time of his death did not even own a house. On the other hand Graceland has millions of tourists a year. Everybody from around the world visits Elvis’ grave. BTW where id MJ’s grave ?

    • Sacred sites purporting to be the birth place or tomb of the man known as Jesus Christ have no genuinely authentic historical or archaeological backing. Just because followers wish that these sites were genuine doesn’t make them so.

  2. Never heard of the Lenin Mausoleum have you? Or Ho Chi Minh’s, Mao Tse-tung or Kim Il-Sung’s for that matter.

        • After having thought about it more, if I could do it again, I’d take out MJ and put in Lenin as one of the top three, bump Oscar Wilde and perhaps add another, I think you are right, however, I did try to limit the gravesites to American/English gravesites as there were just so many to cover. I should have informed my readers of that!
          Cheers!

  3. not sure where it would be on the list but i thought two names that would be up there would be John Lennon, and JFK

    • I’m not really surprised JFK isn’t highly visited just because he was a politician, so he never created any art or music or movies, etc. John Lennon was cremated and Yoko Ono’s supposed to have part of the ashes, the other half being in Strawberry Fields.

      • Yoko Ono (speaking in her Asian accent) : “Ooooooohhhhh. I Yoko Ono. I break up Beatle”. If John Lennon had never married her. John Lennon would still be alive and despite the death of George Harrison (may he R.I.P.) he would have carried on his legacy and a possible reunion with the Beatles. I loath the ground that she walks on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. There has got to be more names then this where the hell is Tupac and Aaliyah? They were both icons and are legends in the entertainment industry. Alot of people including many celebrities were both shocked at their sudden deaths, they were both young and very talented. They also inspired a lot of upcoming artists coming up. Yeah Marilyn Monroe was hot and a sex symbol but she was a whore also she was the modern day kim kardashian posing nude and doing porn to reach fame. I’m just saying the truth R.I.P to her though.

  5. F.Y.I
    It’s Lady Diana, not Princess Diana. She isn’t a royal. It is correct, however, to refer to her as Lady Diana, the Princess of Wales.

  6. I have been to the Bruce Lee and it is said that if you look just right you see a weeping chinese man. Jim Hendrix is also buried near by.

  7. I knew it…i knew it….that Michael Jackson and Lady Diana would make it to the list…

    I miss them both…….

  8. Fred Aistair on

    how drew this list and can they add. This year 2011 only a few hundred people visited the grave of Jackson. And no not much more vist that of the great Sheakspeare either.

    In fact as of present Elvis is far and away the most visited grave site of any famous person. Drawings tens of thousands on his aniversary.

    As for MJ, as with everything pertaing to him. The facts don’t support the headlines. A lot of hot air

  9. The most visited grave in Australia is that of Bon Scott, former AC/DC lead singer. His cremated remains are in Fremantle (near Perth), Western Australia.

    • To Vincent, I find that fascinating about Bon Scott of AC/DC. I would have guessed the opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland or the famous pianist Percy Grainger both from Australia. I am a Heavy Metal Fan along with Classical Music. You’ll see on this list that Jim Morrison is No.4. Don’t even bother as I have visited it in Paris and its sickly to look at, but just a few hundred feet from Morrison is the tomb of the great Composer Frederic Chopin. Now that’s worth it !!

    • To Vincent. That is an amazing fact about Bon Scott of AC/DC. I would have thought that maybe Dame Joan Sutherland or the great pianist Percy Grainger. Hats off to Bon and may he rest in Peace

  10. Niura Schwartz on

    Hello!
    Many people search for famous graves, and your information about Michael Jackson is wrong: Michael was buried at the Holly Terrace Mausoleum – Forest Lawn Cemetery Glendale. Not at Forest Lawn Holywood Hills. On the day of his public memorial service at Staples Center in Los Angeles..his family had a private memorial for him at Forest Lawn Hollywood on July 7, 2009.
    His burial was on September 3, 2009.

  11. How about Jimi Hendrix. Its my understanding that his grave is the second most popular visited site in Seattle, Washington and another one is where is Fredric Chopin who is buried at Pere Lachaise in very close proximity to Jim Morrison’s grave

  12. Ayrton Senna?!?! This article is rubbish if Ayrton isn’t number one. Nice to see that just stereotypical famous people are listed. Ayrton Sennas grave is visited by more people each year than the visitors to the graves of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and JFK combined. He might not be a world famous superstar like MJ, but MJ has nothing on him. In fact, no one on that list has achieved a spec of what he achieved in his short life. As well as being a Formula superstar adored by millions, he also single-handedly helped educated 12 million people in Brazil and before his death, he had donate around $400 million to various charities in Brazil and worldwide.

  13. Peter Boucher on

    When he dies (and God forgive me for saying this), but I cannot even imagine how many people will visit the grave of Muhammad Ali when he passes on. I have a feeling that when he dies and is buried, it will blow this list up into the stratosphere………..Just saying

    • perhaps you could be right about Ali, probably because, as in life his own self-promotion gained him fame, he will have already arranged publicity agents to ‘bang the drum’ after he has gone. Americans give this boxer more credit than is his due.

  14. I can’t see how it could be figured out how many people have visited Elvis’ grave and Diana’s but I can’t imagine how it can be calculated how many visit Bruce Lee’s and others . . .

    For example, I have visited Oscar Wilde’s grave twice but my visits weren’t calculated. I went into the Pere Lachaise, got the guide and went to the grave.

    • Sydney Lawrence on

      Regarding fame, who on this list can claim 400 books written about them? Marilyn Monroe, fame bordering on Sainthood.

    • Excellent observation. Same could be said of many of the pharaohs despite their remains being in various locations. The Valley of the Kings is surely amongst the most visited ‘grave sites’ in history.

  15. Wasn’t expecting the top 10, however original singer the band Blind Melon (Shannon Hoon) comes to mind. I’ve attended vigils for a few years now and have seen thousands of people gather and next year marks 20 years he’s been gone. Looks like a documentary is being filmed as well next year.

    • For goodness sake!! I had to google Blind Melon to find out who in the hell Shannon Hoon was! Typical of Yanks I’d say, who think the world revolves round their own narrow,insulated knowledge of virtually anything you can name. Shannon Hoon!!? A singer and musician for a mere 10 years whom the great majority of contemporary music lovers would never have heard of. Just because he died of a drug overdose does NOT make him any more celebrated nor the fact that he was popular in the USA. Get a life!

  16. Sydney Lawrence on

    Marilyn was, is and always will be number one. She is the most identified person on Earth and is known and loved in every corner of the World. Fifty years time all the other interlopers will be long forgotten, not Marilyn she is an Immortal and will be remembered forever.

  17. Michael Jackson was and is a disgrace to humanity. He is a pedophile and a child rapist and molestor and should have been burried in a dumpster full of the same kind of filth he was made of. His hidden room off this bedroom with porn and alcohol where little boys were molested should have been burned to the ground, not enshrined. How can decent people elevate that piece of trash to the level he has been. It disgusts me and every decent person on the planet.

    • I’m with you Bill, How can so many people be so gullible? Do they think that everybody that gets of with a multimillion dollar defence team is really innocent (some of whom got OJ Simpson of, an innocent man if ever i saw one) MJ the self proclaimed king of pop? He loved nothing more than playing with little boys willys.

  18. Kevin John Braid on

    screw MJ< he was a raging pedo,,, now now fanboys, chillax, was recent reports released stating they found child porn and animal porn in his neverland ranch.

    • JAUME GONZALEZ SAURET on

      And you really believe that, right? It’s hard for me to understand how vulnerable people can get to believe everything they hear from Michael Jackson, especially that which comes from Daily Mail, a source which is known for telling lies all the time. There has never been a single evidence relating Michael Jackson with being a pedophile, that’s the only truth.

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