1. Père-Lachaise — Paris, France


On any given day, rock music can be heard radiating out of Père-Lachaise as fans of Jim Morrison pay their respects to the late musician, but the cemetery is also the final resting place of many other famous artists.

Notable residents: Jim Morrison (1943–1973), lead singer of The Doors; Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), poet and writer; Èdith Piaf (1915–1963), singer; to name a few.

2. Merry Cemetery — Sapanta, Romania


Each grave site is marked with a brightly colored tombstone that depicts either the person buried or a memorable scene from their life. Many tombstones include a funny epitaph or poem.

Notable residents: None.

3. St. Louis No. 1 — New Orleans, La.


This above-ground cemetery was built with floods in mind, since New Orleans sits below sea level. Yet the cemetery has certainly been weathered over the years, giving it a spooky, dilapidated appeal.

Notable residents: Marie Laveau (1794–1881), voodoo priestess.

4. La Recoleta Cemetery — Buenos Aires, Argentina


These elaborate above-ground mausoleums took over the preexisting traditional cemetery in the mid-1800s when the wealthy began inhabiting this area of the city.

Notable residents: Many famous Argentinians, including Bartolomé Mitre (1821–1906), president of Argentina.

5. Xoxocotlan — Oaxaca, Mexico


This cemetery comes alive on the Day of the Dead (Nov. 1), when mourners crowd its grounds to celebrate their loved ones.

Notable residents: None.

6. Old Jewish Cemetery — Prague, Czech Republic


Over 12,000 graves are squeezed into this city-block-sized cemetery. It sits 10 feet above street level because graves were piled on top of each other when they ran out of horizontal room.

Notable residents: Judah Loew Ben Bezalel (1520–1609), chief rabbi of Prague.

7. Lone Fir Cemetery — Portland, Ore.


Lone Fir is one of the few cemeteries that allows mourners to plant trees or flowers in honor of their loved ones. As a result, the cemetery has become a community garden of sorts.

Notable residents: Many of the Chinese immigrants that built Portland from the ground up are buried here.

8. Green-Wood Cemetery—Brooklyn, N.Y.


From many points throughout the graveyard, sweeping views of Manhattan and beyond are visible.

Notable residents: Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), designer and artist.

9. Highgate Cemetery — London, England


This haggard, Victorian-style cemetery was built on the outskirts of North London because preexisting cemeteries in Central London were contaminating drinking water. A vampire was rumored to haunt its gates in the 1970s.

Notable residents: Karl Marx (1818–1883), philosopher.

10. Cemeterio General — Santiago, Chile


With over two million deceased interred, Cementerio General is the largest cemetery in all of South America.

Notable residents: Everyone from commoners to presidents.

11. Bonaventure — Savannah, Ga.


Built on an old plantation, Bonaventure is now famous for being featured on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.

Notable residents: Conrad Aiken (1889–1973), novelist and poet.

12. Punta Arenas Cemetery — Punta Arenas, Chile

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