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Old December 2nd, 2008, 03:39 AM   #61
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Oh my lord, how beautiful is that?
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 05:56 AM   #62
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the pet cemetery is something...and Colonel Pookie was gorgeous
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 07:06 AM   #63
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This might be a bit tangential to the original intention, but Chicago (and a number of other cities, I am sure) has a few interesting pet cemeteries. Perhaps the most notable one is the Hinsdale Animal Cemetery, established in 1926

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i've never seen this cemetery in our place
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 09:01 PM   #64
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The coolest cementery in Guadalajara, México is called Panteón de Belén. Very famous for it's legends and a really beautiful place. Lot's of people go there to take photos in their wedding day

Here are some pics of that cementery, already posted by Tapatio Oriental:


































One of the most famous legend is the one of the Guadalajara's vampire, he started killing animals, but later they found people death too. They eventually found him and when they did, they drove a wooden stake through his heart. A small tree started to grow from the stake that was thrust into the heart of the vampire!

It is said that if you break off a small piece of it, instead of sap you will see blood from the victims of the vampire. At nighttime, it is said that you can also see the faces of the Vampire’s victims on the tree! It is also said that the victims have haunted this cemetery in the past and their have been some sightings. And they trie to keep this tree alive, because the legend says that if the tree dies, the vampire will be realeased again





































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Old December 2nd, 2008, 09:41 PM   #65
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The coolest cementery in Guadalajara, México is called Panteón de Belén. Very famous for it's legends and a really beautiful place. Lot's of people go there to take photos in their wedding day

Here are some pics of that cementery, already posted by Tapatio Oriental:

I noticed this too in one old Spanish-era cemetery in Manila: that the place was used for weddings and the like. I find this interesting, mixing the living with the dead.

Here are some pictures (from flickr) of the said cemetery in Manila (Paco Cemetery):

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And I even found this wedding picture posted on flickr:

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that pet cemetary is adorable. but what if they come back from the dead? like in that movie: pet cemetary.
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 01:38 AM   #67
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that pet cemetary is adorable. but what if they come back from the dead? like in that movie: pet cemetary.
I knew someone would bring this up...

Colonel Pookie would probably look as cute as ever.
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 02:09 AM   #68
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Panteón Jardines del Recuerdo in northern Mexico City (there are not many photos just these i found on flickr):







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Old December 3rd, 2008, 08:05 AM   #69
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I knew someone would bring this up...

Colonel Pookie would probably look as cute as ever.
I dunno about that. Colonel Pookie would be a zombie by now and they would have to call in Kung Fu Panda to do him battle!
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I dunno about that. Colonel Pookie would be a zombie by now and they would have to call in Kung Fu Panda to do him battle!



OT: but a cute one, in any case...

Loving all the pix from Mexico...
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Old December 4th, 2008, 10:34 AM   #71
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‘In the shadow of thy wings we rest’

By Manuel Maximo López del Castillo-Noche
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Last updated 01:07am (Mla time) 10/30/2006
Published on page C1 of the October 30, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

CEMETERIES ARE CONSIDERED cities of the dead. Usually enclosed by high walls, they remain virtual ghost towns for much of the year, their silence broken only every now and then by funeral processions and burials.

It is only during the much-celebrated All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day that they buzz with the activity of the living as those who are left behind pay their respects to the dead, bringing with them the trappings of daily life.



But there are more to cemeteries than the pervasive somber—if eerie—atmosphere; from an architectural standpoint, they are miniature showcases of various styles, forms and influences. They, in fact, tell the story of architecture.

The Cemeteria Catolica de la Loma, Cemeterio Municipal de Manila (Manila North Cemetery) and the Chinese Cemetery in Manila house the best examples of funerary architecture in the Philippines. Established during the dying years of the 19th century, they have what are probably the best and richest mausoleums money can buy.



Walking through these hallowed grounds, one passes by interpretations of Egyptian mortuary temples complete with palm-shaped columns and hollow gorged doorways on which are etched a solar disc with spread wings—the Egyptian symbol of protection. There, too, are pyramids guarded by sphinxes, as well as Greek- and Roman-inspired temples with Doric, Ionic or Corinthian orders.

Other styles are represented as well: Romanesque-type churches with their barrel vaults; Gothic interpretations with their characteristic pointed arches; Art Nouveau memorials with their flowing sinuous lines; Art Deco mausoleums with their jazz-like edges; Modern International Style mortuaries with their simple plain-white walls; and the ever ubiquitous mausoleums done in the Postmodern style.



Oriental architecture manifests itself in the form of Chinese pagodas with up curved tiled roofs and elaborately crafted mystical dragons, and Hindu Sikhara temples with parabolic-shaped domes.

Best materials

Most of these memorials are made of the best materials. Blocks of solid-white marble or green or black granite are carved and chiseled with volutes and scrolls or acanthus leaves to replicate Greek or Roman temples. Others are carved with intricate cusps to adorn the edges of pinnacles for Gothic spires.



Magnificent sculptures crafted by Luerssen y Oriol and Sons during the early part of the century dominate the tombs of the wealthy and the famous. Elaborate statues and stelaes or lapidas bearing Oriol’s signature are found all over the three Manila cemeteries.

But one does not necessarily have to be a marble magnate to have a beautiful mausoleum. Most other memorials are more humble in their construction. Made of hollowed plaster reinforced by concrete and decorated with allegories of weeping angels, they have as well managed to stand the test of time.


Neo Gothic

The statuary found particularly in La Loma and Norte are quite interesting. If one wonders where the art of sculpting has gone, one only has to visit these two cemeteries to find the answer.


Remember the Jai-Alai? Another art deco.

The graceful lines of weeping widows, guardian angels crying at the demise of their beloved wards, sorrowful virgins praying to high heavens and staunch maidens protecting the tombs of their beloved are but a few of the images that these statues capture—though one wonders why only women seem to have the right to weep over their dearly departed.


This mausoleum dates back to 1868. The oldest piece of structure in the Chinese cemetery.

Even the art of the lapida is seen at its best in these cemeteries. Names carved in the Art Nouveau or Art Deco style are surrounded with bas-relief of angels and garlands of flowers, while a tomb of a small child is decorated with small statues of playing children.


I never dared to look inside but Ivan said it was the best part.

Famous personalities


A mausoleum for Dominican priests

Of the three cemeteries, it is in the North Cemetery where most of the famous personages in Philippine history are interred. Like the Cemeterio de la Recoleta in Buenos Aires where Evita Peron is entombed; Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington D.C. where the tombs of the Kennedys are; Highgate in London where Karl Marx is buried; or the Tikhvin in St. Petersburg, where the great 19th-century composers Tchaikovsky, Rimsky Korsakov and Mussorgsky are buried—the Norte houses the mortal remains of celebrities including Pancho Villa, world lightweight champion of the 1920s; Felix Resureccion Hidalgo, world-class painter and patriot; Claro M. Recto, orator and nationalist; film icons and father and son Fernando Poe Sr. and Jr.; the late presidents Manuel A. Roxas, Sergio Osmeña and Ramon Magsaysay; American Governor General Francis Burton Harrison; the heroes of the Philippine Revolution against Spain; Gregoria de Jesus, wife of Bonifacio and muse of the Katipunan; and the first American teachers known as the Thomasites and firefighters of the land.



La Loma Church

Unfortunately, not many people find pleasure in visiting cemeteries. Perhaps it is the presence of a tomb or the sight of rows upon rows of crosses and peeling statues of weeping angels that bring horror to most.


Another art deco mausoleum

Cemeteries are memorials not only to those who have gone beyond, but also to the glory days of funerary art and architecture. That alone should be enough reason to see them not just as places of yearly pilgrimages but also as heritage sites that serve as a bridge to the architecture of the past. For in the end, our mortal remains shall rest in such cemeteries and what better way to celebrate our life but with monuments dedicated to our memory.


The trumphet is gone

A dedication inscribed in a tomb in Cemeterio de la Loma describes what I think is our utmost desire: “In the shadow of thy wings we rest, for in the end we do need to rest, and preferably in his shadow.”

The author is an architect and architectural historian. He teaches at the College of Architecture of the University of Sto. Tomas.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 11:17 AM   #72
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A couple more from Mirogoj, I love coming here on All Saints Day. Autumn colors, candles, it would be peaceful if all of Zagreb city wasnt there with you! Strangely, it is one of the most peaceful calm places Ive been to.



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Lisbon, Prazeres Cemitery. Prazeres means "pleasures".

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