If You Think Cemeteries are all the Same all Over the World, You're Wrong


Just to make it clear, I'm a person who has some kind of cemetery fetish and goes there as night falls. But I do have to say, I've always been curious about cemeteries. In Brazil, growing up I'd see the cemeteries, I don't have any pictures of my own, but here is one I got from Wikipedia on one of the cemeteries in Sao Paulo. "Cemitério da Consolação, São Paulo" por The Photographer - Obra do próprio. Licenciado sob CC0, via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cemit%C3%A9rio_da_Consola%C3%A7%C3%A3o,_S%C3%A3o_Paulo.jpg#/media/File:Cemit%C3%A9rio_da_Consola%C3%A7%C3%A3o,_S%C3%A3o_Paulo.jpg

In Brazil the tombs are big, it goes back to the Catholic church and how it the people would bury its family members. Especially if you're a famous politician, artist, writer or from a rich family. One of the most traditional families in Sao Paulo has a tomb that goes 2 levels underground, so everyone from that family is buried in the same place. Now, that, I find weird...

When we used to drive to school I'd see this (other) massive cemetery and outside you had a flower market, and we used to go there on the weekends to buy flowers to bring home, so I always had good memories of it. And to be honest, I find it a peaceful place, it's always surrounded by trees, plants, and silence.

In London my favorite one was Brompton cemetery. Even the entrance is nice, with 2 red phone boxes on each side of the gate, so English.


The crosses are different from a Brazilian cemetery, and of course, with all its history, depending which cemetery you go to, you have tombs from many hundred of years ago.


Very different from an American cemetery, the grass is overgrown, there are crosses with chains on them, very Gothic looking. Many of the tombs are so old that you only see pieces of it.

In DC, obviously Arlington cemetery is a huge fav of mine. It has grass all over, trees with flowers, the tombs all white and lined up in straight lines. Perfection. And of course, it has so much meaning to Americans as a whole.

Photo taken from the cemetery's website

So, there, three countries with three different cemetery styles, who'd have thought? That's another way to get to know the different cultures.