A Cemetery in Marbella: A Photo Essay

Some folks get creeped out by the thought of a cemetery. Not me. Raised across the street from Green-Wood Cemetery, one of the most famous in the US, as a kid I would slip through the bars on a wintry day and make snow angels among the beautiful tombstones. In summer, it’s still magic watching millions of fireflies dance the night away. Here’s a nice photo essay from The Daily Norm whose cemetery visits inspire travel.

The Daily Norm

There’s something inherently beautiful about a cemetery. It’s not just the peace and quiet, which is of course an inevitable feature of every cemetery or graveyard, but the tangible demonstration of human emotion shown by the care taken by those living for the memories of their beloved dead. This can be seen through the wording of a grave, through the flowers carefully laid alongside it, and through the regular cleaning of the stone with as much care as would be taken for a feature of a living household. There is also something innately civilised about caring for the dead and paying homage to the past, not least because it can make us more appreciative of our life and the lives of others still around us.

While I do like an English graveyard, headstones tilting in all directions and covered in moss and decay, my favourite type of cemetery is a…

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2 thoughts on “A Cemetery in Marbella: A Photo Essay

  1. Sondra Sullivan

    Love especially old cemetery’s. A particularly beautiful and haunting one is the Jewish Cemetery in Rome. Could have spent days there. The graves are so beautifully tended and the plants and flowers are spectacular. One of my favourite things to do in the past was visit old cemeteries in Vermont where I would do grave rubbings. Good places to go to reflect and have some quiet time. Being Mexican one of my favourite holidays is the Day of the Dead when we can honour our departed and have time to celebrate life in the now and remember our friends and relatives who have left us.

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