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Published: April 12th 2016
The cemetery in Chichicastenango must be one of the most colourful in the world
Graves en masse
When we travel we now and again visit cemeteries. Partly because it is an important aspect of the local culture how dead relatives are taken care of and partly because it often is easy to take nice photos of graves, hence we have something to add to the blog when we come home. You probably haven't noticed but in the previous blog entries from Guatemala I haven't added any pictures from cemeteries. It's because the cemeteries I did visit when I was there were so interesting that I decided to make a separate blog entry for those photos.
I visited three cemeteries, one in Quetzaltenango, one in Chichicastenango and finally one in Antigua.
The three cemeteries were quite different in style. In Quetzaltenango the graves were impressive in size, many of them were like monuments, and several of them were painted in bright colours.
The cemetery in Chichicastenango must be one of the most colourful in the world. Almost every grave was pained in bright colours and I am quite certain that they repainted all of them every five years or so because there were hardly
In Quetzaltenango the graves were impressive in size
a single grave where the paint had faded.
The best way I can describe the cemetery in Antigua was that it was very elegant in style. Not necessarily better or more beautiful, but more elegant. The dominating colours were white, almost all of the graves were white, and green, the decorations around the graves were almost all green plants. The cemetery in Antigua I visited in late afternoon. The rays from the setting sun made the graves glow and gave the sky a bluish glow. Look carefully at the photos and you'll see that I managed to catch some of that magic late afternoon/early evening light in some of them.
If you are interested in visiting cemeteries we can here in the end mention some other ones we have been to. If you wish to see impressive graves one of the best places to go is Paris. Pere Lachaise Cemetery
is very famous partly for the several hundreds of fabulous tombs that can be seen there and partly for it being the final resting place for Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Moliere and Oscar Wilde
. But there are also several other cemeteries in Paris, some of them quite as interesting as Pere Lachese.
The cemetery in Antigua was very elegant in style
Another interesting cemetery we have visited is Merry Cemetery in Sapanta in Romania. We went there last year and we thought it was so interesting that we dedicated an entire blog entry to it
We can also recommend an internet site called Find A Grave. In that site they have listed the final resting place of several thousands of more or less famous people. It is not a bad idea to combine a visit to a cemetery with some grave spotting.
Well, this is all for now. I will return shortly with the final blog entry from Guatemala. It is yet another blog with one specific theme. Which theme it is I won't reveal yet.
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