Obscura Day 2012 in Graveyards around the World

Laurel Hill Cemetery

April 28th, 2012 — Obscura Day — is an international celebration of unusual places, full of expeditions, back room tours & explorations of the hidden wonders in your own hometown.

There are several cemetery-based explorations this year:

Explore the Glasgow Necropolis
“Come out on Obscura Day and explore the historic Glasgow Necropolis, founded in 1833 and the final resting place of over 50,000 people. This beautiful park style cemetery’s hillside vantage point allows great views of the city as well as possible chance to see wild deer roaming the grounds. We’ll explore the city’s history and notable deceased with a wander amongst the more than 3500 monuments.”

Tickets are still available here: http://obscuraday.com/events/explore-the-glasgow-necropolis

Explore Paris’ Pere Lachaise Cemetery with Context Travel
“Opened in 1804, the cemetery inspired new ways of commemorating the dead. A reflection of wider architectural developments, the ornate mausolea of Père Lachaise were designed to express the personalities and professions of the deceased as well as their affiliations within the political and religious divisions that continually fractured French history.  A trip to Père Lachaise is a crash course in two hundred years of French history brought to life by an atmospheric landscape that has fascinated Parisian tourists for centuries.”

Tickets are still available here: http://obscuraday.com/events/explore-paris-pere-lachaise-cemetery-with-context-travel

The Bizarre and Mysterious at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia
“Laurel Hill is more than just a cemetery. It is an outdoor sculptural garden, horticultural gem and a truly unique historical resource. With over 175 years of history, there are countless stories to be told, including ones of brave military heroes, powerful captains of industry and selfless philanthropists. But what about tales of the bizarre and mysterious? Follow your curiosity off the beaten path and down in to a crypt… you’ll have dinner conversation for years to come. This walking tour will be led by resident tour guide, Dave Horwitz and conclude with wine, beer and light refreshments.”

Tickets are still available here: http://obscuraday.com/events/the-bizarre-and-mysterious-at-laurel-hill-cemetery

The tour of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood is sold out, but here’s the information:

Disasters of New York: Green-Wood Cemetery Walk with Allison Meier

http://obscuraday.com/events/disasters-of-new-york-green-wood-cemetery-walk

About Loren Rhoads

I am the author of the essay collection Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, co-author of the novel As Above, So Below, and editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two. Scribner published my favorite essays from Morbid Curiosity magazine as Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues. In addition to blogging at CemeteryTravel.com, I blog about my morbid life at lorenrhoads.com.
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2 Responses to Obscura Day 2012 in Graveyards around the World

  1. Dylan Thuras says:

    Hi Loren! Dylan, co-founder of the Atlas Obscura here. As a fan of Morbid Curiosity cures the Blues, and just wanted to extend an invitation if you ever wanted to host an event with us (we do stuff in NY, LA, and SF throughout the year) or do a talk about your recent book, we would love to work with you! You can contact me at dylan@atlasobscura.com

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