This image shows a Gothic-Style Chapel from Indianapolis' Crown Hill Cemetery
High above the city of Indianapolis is Crown Hill, a prominence with tremendous views of the entire city. This hill is covered with the Crown Hill Cemetery, the nation's third-largest private cemetery. Like many large North American graveyards, Crown Hill Cemetery was founded in the wake of the American Civil War, and even today a sizable percentage of those interred on the grounds fought in that war. This includes a mass grave of soldiers from the Confederate (Southern) side who were held at a prisoner of war camp nearby. As one can see in the image from this acrylic fridge magnet, the cemetery's style is neo-Gothic and it boasts a number of Indianapolis' most beautiful Gothic structures, including this chapel and the front gates.
Visiting Cemeteries is an Often-Overlooked But Rewarding Form of Tourism
Despite their reputation, around the world, cemeteries can be interesting, enlightening and beautiful places to visit. One of the most popular is the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, founded in the early days of Napoleonic France, it today houses the final remains of Oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan and the rocker Jim Morrison. In Washington, DC, the Arlington National Cemetery holds North American national heroes including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a memorial to the victims of the Challenger explosion. A similar site across the world is in Red Square in Moscow: the Kremlin Wall Necropolis, which contains the remains of many of Russia's greatest modern heroes like Yuri Gagargin and the American journalist John Reed. Red Square is also home to Lenin's Mausoleum. Admirers of Marxism also often make a pilgrimage to a cemetery outside of London: High Gate, where the last remains of Karl Marx himself are buried. Other prominent figures at High Gate include George Eliot, Eric Hobsbawm, Jane Arden and Herbert Spencer.