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Many of us are going to end up in one -- but only a lucky few will take their eternal sleep in places as stunning as these By Anthea Gerrie; source from: cnngo.com
Not all graveyards are somber places best left to the dead.
Thanks to their famous inhabitants, many heave with sightseers. Others lay silent and deserted, but are worth a visit for their overgrown beauty.
Here are 10 super cemeteries worth bringing your camera to, even if you don't know anybody there.

1. Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Designer tombs?

Fitting for the place where the ever-designer-clad Eva Peron is buried, Recoleta cemetery unsettlingly resembles London’s Bond Street.
Its elegant marble mausoleums are set out in rows like designer boutiques, many boasting shop-style windows displaying the artifacts associated with their deceased owners, along with their portraits.
Don’t look for Evita with the Perons -- her tomb is part of the Duarte family mausoleum. Just follow the crowds to an insignificant position down an alley at one end.
Junin 1790, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2. Père Lachaise, Paris, France

Where famous people like to sleep forever.

The city’s largest cemetery has become a rock ’n’ roll shrine since Jim Morrison was interred here to join the great and good of France.
Molière, Modigliani and Jean Moulin, leader of the French Resistance, are among the illustrious neighbors of The Doors’ front man -- and that’s without leaving the letter M.
Other famous inhabitants of this beautiful, tree-lined, hilly resting place in the northeastern corner of Paris include Oscar Wilde, Chopin and Marcel Proust.
Boulevard de Menilmontant, Paris 20, France
3. St. Louis No. 1, New Orleans, United States

The only place you'll find Creole playboys, Voodoo priestesses and chess champions hanging out together.

Made famous by the iconic 1969 movie "Easy Rider," Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda famously tripped out on acid here in one of the film’s most memorable scenes.
The spookily beautiful 18th-century cemetery is packed with above-ground vaults; many say the specter of bodies floating down the street during flooding put an early end to underground burials in New Orleans.
Pirates, Creole playboys and the Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau lie at rest here beside world chess champion Paul Morphy and city notables. Most of the local jazz musicians, however, are buried in nearby St. Louis No. 2.
Basin Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
4. Cimetière des Pirates, Madagascar

Life, and now death, is a beach.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, Madagascar’s Ile Saint Marie became a popular base for pirates, thanks to the bays and creeks which offered a hiding place in an area close to major shipping routes.
Today, all that remains of the settlement is the cemetery on a hill overlooking the bay where the pirates once anchored their ships.
Best approached by boat at high tide, it’s for only the sure-footed when the water is low enough to wade in over slippery rocks.
Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar
5. Punta Arenas, Chile

Pruned trees and marble mausoleums spell old money.

At the foot of Patagonia lies a seaside cemetery that looks curiously European.
A topiary of rounded cypress trees surrounds acres of extravagant white marble graves celebrating the likes of Jose Menendez, who built his empire on sheep centuries ago.
Founding immigrant families of many nations lie buried side by side with the last of the original inhabitants of the area -- the Selknam Indians of Tierra del Fuego.
Avenue Manuel Bulnes and Angamos, Punta Arenas, Chile

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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

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