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A guide to the world's top cemetery tourism destinations

AFP   May 01, 2014
First Published: 16:08 IST(1/5/2014) | Last Updated: 16:57 IST(1/5/2014)

Cemetery tourism, though macabre by definition, certainly isn't gloomy or dull. All the rage in Japan, the idea of traveling to cemeteries -- whether to visit the grave of a favorite celebrity, artist or historical figure or simply to admire the tombstones -- is becoming increasingly popular worldwide.

For ideas on planning a trip around this original concept, just follow the guide provided by

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According to the website, which specializes in hotel price comparisons, one of the most affordable cemetery tourism destinations is Palm Springs, where Frank Sinatra is buried at the Desert Memorial Park. The average nightly rate for a double room is €81 (around $112).

Next on the list is Buenos Aires in Argentina, home to the Recoleta cemetery. Though not necessarily famous, most of the wealthy bodies buried here commissioned particularly elaborate tombstones which are definitely worth the trip. A hotel stay near the destination costs €84 ($116) per night on average.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Berlin is one of the most affordable destinations, with the average hotel room costing €85 ($118) per night. At the Dorotheenstädtisch-Friedrichswerderscher Friedhof cemetery, visitors can place flowers on the tomb of the playwright Bertolt Brecht and the sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow, among others.

Finally, no list of the world's most prestigious cemeteries would be complete without a mention of the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris. Edith Piaf, Maria Callas, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde are just a few of the notable personalities laid to rest here. Tourists can expect to pay more for their stay, however, as a double room is priced at €131 ($181) per night on average.

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