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6. Bonaventure, Georgia, United States
Somehow, even the trees look moldy.
Shaded by dramatic live oak trees, this beautiful cemetery was immortalized in the book and movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
It’s worth a visit for many reasons, not least the grave of composer Johnny Mercer and that of the unknown traveler.
Don’t waste time looking for the Bird Girl statue made famous by the film, however; it’s been moved to a city museum.
330 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, Georgia, United States
7. Central Cemetery, Vienna, Austria
Where the classical music never dies.
The Viennese embrace death with almost ghoulish glee, which is why the Central Cemetery on the city’s outskirts is a favorite place for a family day out.
This is no ordinary cemetery. The Zentralfriedhof, the second-largest burial ground in Europe, is a gorgeous garden where several of the world’s most famous composers have been laid to rest -- notably Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and two generations of Strausses. Check out section 32a.
Simmeringer Hauptstrasse 234, Vienna, Austria
8. Highgate Cemetery, London, England
An inner-city rain forest.
This privately owned cemetery is the closest thing you’ll find to a jungle within the British capital.
The overgrown resting place of Karl Marx and authors George Eliot and Douglas Adams is a riot of foliage, wildflowers and magnificent Victorian Gothic statuary -- worth the journey out of the center to north London.
Swains Lane, London N.6., England
9. Woodlawn Cemetery, New York, United States
Prime real estate in a city with such little space.
Jazz fans troop up to the Bronx when in the Big Apple to see the graves of Duke Ellington and Miles Davis.
Also buried in this National Historic Landmark, which dates to 1863, are Irving Berlin, songwriter of America’s greatest musicals, and some of the nation’s most famous politicians and philanthropists.
It’s also worth visiting for the architecture and stunning details, such as the Tiffany stained glass and mosaics decorating some of the 1,300 private mausoleums.
Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street, New York City, New York, United States
10. Jewish Cemetery, Cochin, India
Time moves in reverse behind these gates.
This city at the hub of Kerala’s commercial life once had a thriving Jewish population, as testified by its magnificent 16th-century synagogue.
The population has left, but an evocative, overgrown cemetery remains, with beautiful wrought iron gates and tombstone inscriptions in both Malayalam and Hebrew.
Jew Street, Mantacherry, Cochin, Kerala, India