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#84 | Looking for graves just got easier
This weekend, I passed by the South Park Street Cemetery in Kolkata. For grades 11 and 12, I used to attend a school just opposite the cemetery, and for two years, I’d peer into the cemetery every day on my way to school. I shudder to think that this was a decade ago.
I’ve always been fascinated by cemeteries (I don’t know what that says about me), and I usually visit cemeteries whenever I travel to a new place.
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The South Park Street Cemetery was built in 1767 and has more than 1500 graves of British and Europeans who lived in the city during the colonial period. Currently, it’s a heritage site and one of the city’s few green and quiet areas to stroll around.
My school, I heard, was built on top of the North Park Street Cemetery and the French Cemetery – this made the building far more interesting to me than it would have been otherwise.
When I lived in Copenhagen, I lived next to the Assistens Cemetery, which houses the graves of Søren Kierkegaard and Hans Christian Anderson. I took a long stroll with a friend looking for them- only to find them hidden amidst tall trees and shrubs in the quaint twilight.
I also went looking for Karl Marx’s grave in the Highgate Cemetery in London and was amused to find all manner of objects – pens, candy, letters – on top of his grave. Nearby we found George Elliot’s grave, where admirers had ‘planted’ pens in the ground and created a garden.
If you’re as intrigued as I am by graveyards, turn over Find A Grave. It’s the world’s largest gravesite collection and lists the graves of famous and regular people across the globe.
I hope you find what you’re digging for.
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