A Brief Survey Of The World’s Cemeteries And Cathedrals.

Cemeteries are burial grounds where the dead are buried. They can be large or small, and there may be many or few graves in them. Cemeteries usually have a fence around them to keep people out, and they may have a gate that is locked at night. Some cemeteries are open to the public during the day, but others are closed off except for family members who want to visit their loved ones’ graves.

Most cemeteries have tombstones or markers indicating where each person is buried. Sometimes there is also a memorial plaque or statue to remember the deceased. Flowers or other decorations may be placed on graves, but these are usually removed after a while so that the ground can be used again.

Some cemeteries are very large, with millions of graves. Often these cemeteries are near churches or other places where people can go to visit the dead. Cemeteries in rural areas may not be fenced in.

There are many different kinds of cemeteries around the world. One important difference is whether there is a graveyard for one religion or if it can be used by everyone. For example, Jewish and Muslim communities will sometimes have their own separate sections of a cemetery while Christians do not normally use these sections because they believe that all people should be treated equally. In some countries, there may only be one kind of cemetery available to everyone, but in others there may be certain cemeteries that are reserved for members of a particular religion.

Some cemeteries are now being used as parks or public gardens. This is often done when there is no more room in the cemetery for new graves. In some cases, the bodies of people who have been buried in the park are moved to a different location so that people can still visit their graves. Cemeteries can also be turned into conservation areas where the land is used to protect wildlife or other natural resources.

Cemeteries play an important role in many cultures around the world. They are a place where people can go to remember loved ones who have died and they can also be a place of peace and tranquility. Cemeteries can be very beautiful places and they are often a part of our history. They are also a reminder that we all must die one day.

Some Ancient cemeteries are explained below:

1. Westminster Abbey, England

Westminster Abbey is a large, ancient church in the City of Westminster, London, England. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. The church is the home of the United Kingdom’s official national choir, the Choir of Westminster Abbey, as well as the chapel of the Order of the Garter.

         View of cemetery – Westminster Abbey

2. Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

Saint Peter’s Basilica is an Italian Renaissance church located within Vatican City. It is the largest church in Christendom and one of the most renowned art galleries in the world. Its central dome dominates the skyline of Rome. Designed principally by Michelangelo, with Bernini and Maderno contributing, St. Peter’s is regarded as one of the greatest buildings in the world.

3. Milan Cathedral, Italy

Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Lombardy, Italy. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity (Santa Maria Nascente), it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and the largest in Italy.

4.Notre Dame de Paris, France

Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. The cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. It was begun in 1163 and largely completed by 1250. The west façade still retains its original form and is adorned with a number of sculpted figures representing the Last Judgement.


5. Sagrada Família, Spain

Sagrada Família is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. It has been under construction since 1882 and is still not completed. When finished, it will be the tallest church in the world. Gaudí devoted last years to this project, and at the time of his death in 1926 only a quarter of the project was finished.

6. Cologne Cathedral, Germany

The Cologne Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was started in 1248 and largely completed in 1880. It is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spire in Europe.

7. Chartres Cathedral, France

Chartres Cathedral is a Gothic cathedral located in Chartres, France. It is one of the most famous and best preserved cathedrals in France The cathedral was built between 1194 and 1250. It is the original example of the Gothic style of architecture.

8. La Seu, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

La Seu, also known as the Cathedral of Palma, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Palma, Majorca, Spain. It was originally built between 1229 and 1264 in the Gothic style. The facade was added in the 18th century.

9. Ulm Minster, Germany

Ulm Minster is a Lutheran church in Ulm, Germany. It is the tallest church in the world at 161.5 meters (529 feet). Construction began in 1377 and was completed in 1890. The minster has a central tower that is open to tourists.

The tower has 365 steps that can be climbed to reach a height of 161.5 meters (529 feet).

10. Florence Cathedral, Italy

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral church of Florence, Italy and is one of the most famous works of architecture in the world. The exterior of this Gothic church was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and approved by city council in 1294. The cathedral took almost 150 years to complete. It was consecrated by Pope Urban IV on 25th October 1380 (with the facade added in 1396), making it the first Gothic building in Europe to be completed within a century of its original construction.

11. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886.

12 . Gyeongbokgung Palace, South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. It was constructed from 1394 to 1405 and served as the main royal palace until 1868. The largest of these five palaces, Gyeongokgung was situated inside the capital, Seoul.

13 . Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, England

Bodiam Castle is a 14th-century moated castle near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge on orders from King Richard II as protection against French invasion during the Hundred Years’ War. The gatehouse leading into the castle compound from the north is one of its most striking features. The battlements are later additions of c.1500 and were probably done for decorative purposes.


14 . Alcázar of Segovia, Spain

The Alcázar of Segovia is a stone fortification located in the old city of Segovia, Spain. You can see this interesting castle in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” when Indy is riding his horse through the city. A popular legend tells that this castle was built on top of an older Arab fortress (built during the time of Al-Andalus), which makes it look like a fairy-tale.

15 . Bodrum Castle, Turkey

Bodrum Castle is located in south west Turkey in what was formerly known as Caria or ancient Halicarnassus, about 10 km southwest of Bodrum (a resort town in Muğla Province). This ancient castle dates back to early 4th century BC when Mausolos, King of Caria had it built to honor Artemis, goddess of hunting and nature. It also became famous for being the final resting place of Mausolos and his wife Artemisia.

There are many other beautiful castles around the world, but these are some of the oldest and most famous. Have you been to any of these ancient castles? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments below!

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