Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Highgate Cemetery, London

This is the gate to the famous Egyptian Avenue in Highgate Cemetery, north of London. Highgate was built in 1839, and by Victorian times it had become the fashionable place to be buried. There are lots of famous people buried in Highgate. Karl Marx, for one, and the scientist Michael Faraday and the writer, George Eliot, for others. Highgate is a mysterious place, full of birds and flowers and ivy-covered trees. But it's the monuments that take your breath away.

One of the most poignant monuments is that of Mary Nichols, above photo, of an angel sleeping on a bed of clouds.

Much of the cemetery was abandoned and many monuments ruined by vandalism until the group, Friends of Highgate, was formed. They run the tours and are responsible for maintaining the cemetery now.

If you are interested in seeing more, simply google Highgate cemetery. If you visit London, it is certainly worth the trip to see it for yourself. Just don't go at night!

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